Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSouth Africa School of Social Sciences
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Maboe Mogkobi


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.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.



PSY2042, SCY2400