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Semester 1

Current Psychology 1 (PSYL10173)







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This course has no pre-requisites, beyond the usual 3rd year requirements (i.e. visiting students must be in their 3rd year of study, or above, to take this course). There are limited spaces available for visiting students on 3rd/4th year Psychology courses, so please email the CAHSS Visiting Student Office to request your preferred courses and students cannot be guaranteed enrolment on ANY Psychology courses (unless you are nominated to study with us on a Psychology exchange programme, including a Psychology-specific Erasmus exchange). **Please note that all Psychology courses are very high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course aims to cover a range of topics within psychological science, from the theoretical to the applied, considering both the accumulation of our understanding of psychology, and examining how they relate to everyday life. Across 10 weeks, students will have the chance to learn about diverse social, cognitive, developmental, individual, and biological components of the human experience. On completion of the course, students will have a broad grounding in contemporary psychology, and will have explored how we can use psychological science to understand the world around us.

Course Description

The course aims to introduce students to the breadth of academic psychology. Unlike pre-honours psychology courses, which aim to build a foundation for learning additional contemporary psychology, this course provides a series of self-contained lectures. Across the span of 10 weeks, students will cover a range of topics within contemporary psychology, taught by experts in each field. In the first and final weeks of the course, we will provide introduction and consolidation lectures, respectively. These aim to outline and synthesise the eight weeks of lectures between them. During these core eight weeks a group of lecturers will provide 2-hour specialist lectures, each on a specific psychological topic. Examples may include lectures on how psychology can inform our romantic relationships; how it may help us understand our personality; how it may explain how children learn to speak; and how political change can (fail to) happen. By the completion of the course, students will have acquired knowledge a variety of contemporary topics in psychology, with a particular emphasis on each topic's relevance beyond the discipline.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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