Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr M Ntantiso


The unit is a continuation of first year psychology topics in the field of social psychology. The main focus is on social schemas, social attribution, theories of attitude change, group psychology, aggression, interpersonal attraction and affiliation, sex roles, oppression, empowerment and diversity. The laboratory program complements the lecture series, and provides further training in research techniques, report writing, oral presentations and teamwork.


On completion of the unit, the students will be able to:

  1. Describe the key approaches, concepts and terms in social/community psychology.
  2. Discuss the role of social and community psychology both in the global and in the South African context.
  3. Relate the different levels and models of intervention used in community psychology.
  4. Value the historical forces that have shaped community psychology.
  5. Appraise some of the key studies and constructs in social/community psychology.


Lecture topic quizzes: 10%
Class participation assignments: 10%
Critical thinking exercises: 30%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours lecture contact for 12 weeks
2 hours tutorials contact for 10 weeks
8 hours for private study, including reading of prescribed and recommended literature, review of and familiarisation with a wider range of publications on the core content topics of the unit, work on assignments, preparation for class discussions and presentations.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study




PSY2024, SCY2400