PSYC1022 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


1st year core

Credit points:  

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery: 

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is one of three introductory units in Psychology for commencing students. This unit will introduce you to a range of topics in Psychology related to the understanding of social and cultural influences on behavior and human experience. It will give you a brief oversight on the major issues that are studied by psychologists today.

Unit description

This unit explores the role of psychological development, motivation, emotion, personality, social and cultural and indigenous influences on human behaviour. In considering these influences, a variety of theoretical perspectives are examined together with their ramifications for explaining behaviour. Finally, the unit investigates stress and abnormal psychological development with some implications for psychological treatments. Where appropriate, this unit will contrast psychological investigations and methods with the approaches in other disciplines, including psychiatry, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. This unit complements PSYC 1032 and PSYC 1012 and together they provide an overview of contemporary thinking in theory and method in the discipline of psychology.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit you should be able to:

  • explain how psychological development, motivation, emotion, personality, social, and cultural perspectives are related to human behaviour
  • differentiate between various perspectives with the implications for behavioural explanations
  • identify major causes and explanations of behavioural and psychological change
  • elaborate major psychopathology and treatment perspectives
  • understand the processes involved in conducting research
  • communicate your understanding of concepts through writing of reports and presentations in laboratory classes and consider genre writing for different purposes

Unit content

  • Foundations of Psychology: Historical Perspectives in Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Society, Cognition and Social Development
  • Personality
  • Motivation
  • Emotion, Stress and Behaviour Regulation
  • Applications: Psychopathy and Therapy
  • Regularities and Consistency in Human Behaviour
  • Social Influences on Behaviour
  • Cultural and Indigenous Perspectives

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly 2.5 hour lectures and 9 weekly 1 hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.


Assignment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space.

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the School of Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.