ATS3726 - Critical social psychology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Associate Professor Mark Davis

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit addresses the social aspects of individual experience. It examines the contribution of social psychologists, sociologists and others working in the psycho-social domain to theory and research on the interface of mental experience and social action. The unit covers the assumptions of mind and society that inform the major theories of the individual, including those of the Freudians, person-centred psychology and behavioural utopianism. It also considers psychological theory and practice in light of Rose's 'psy-complex' and the discursive and narrative turns in social theory. Students will examine themes such as: identity and social relations; social influences on individual action; social construction of belief and emotion; and the implications of psycho-social perspectives for social care and human services.


All students completing this unit will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe key perspectives in social psychological and psycho-social theory and research;
  2. Discuss the social aspects of individual experience and social action;
  3. Apply psycho-social critiques to knowledge and assumptions about individual experience which circulate in popular discourse;
  4. Identify implications for social care and human services;
  5. Evaluate the contribution of theoretical and research perspectives regarding the interface of mind and society;
  6. Identify implications for social inquiry regarding individual experience.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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 second-year Arts units.