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PSY4280 - Contemporary issues in theoretical psychology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Gavin Sullivan


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit examines the theoretical, conceptual and philosophical foundations and historical underpinnings of psychology. Under the supervision of a member of staff students will complete a major essay that addresses an issue of conceptual and theoretical importance to contemporary psychology. The essay may take a number of forms including: an evaluation of the value of a particular theory or set of theories, the analysis of a problem associated with the criteria used to evaluate theories, the evaluation the adequacy of a particular concept in psychology, or an examination of philosophical issues such as the mind-body problem and theories of explanation.


On completion of unit this students will:

  1. have further understanding of the theoretical foundations of modern psychology;
  2. have gained an appreciation of the basics of theory formation in psychology;
  3. be able to critically review and analyse the scientific literature in, and theoretical basis to, current issues in psychology;
  4. be able to formulate well-formed arguments based theoretical and conceptual issues;
  5. be proficient in the use of a variety of internet and library search procedures; and
  6. be able to write up scientific work in a potentially publishable format.


Essay (5000-6000 words): 100%


Completed Bachelors Degree and a major sequence in psychology approved by the Australian Psychological Society or qualification assessed as equivalent by the Australian Psychological Society, with a distinction average for third year psychology units


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