PSYC2052 Social Psychology

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


2nd year

Credit points:

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is a core subject in the 2nd year of the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences programme. The main objective of PSYC2052 is to introduce students to the topic area of social psychology.

Unit description

This unit explores the role of the social environment in influencing attitudes and behaviour in the individual. It begins with key theories and research methods of social psychology. The course explores the development of theories and explanations of social knowledge, attribution theory, nature and measurement of attitudes, social influence, group processes and decision making, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, aggression, and pro-social behaviour. The unit concludes with applications of social psychology including the law and clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • articulate the factors and the nature of their influence on attitudes, perceptions, and judgements of people in social situations 
  • identify and elaborate upon the factors that influence behaviour in relation to interpersonal attraction, conformity, prejudice, prosocial behaviour, conflict, and aggression
  • critically evaluate research related to theories of social psychology identifying their weaknesses and strengths
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of the self in developing attitudes and behaviour in social settings
  • demonstrate an understanding of social psychology to the law and to clinical practice
  • be aware of the epistemology and the sociology of the social psychological inquiry that acts to determine the data that are acquired and the inferences that are drawn from them

Unit content

  • Introduction to social psychology
  • The role of person and the setting in influencing attitudes and behaviour
  • The perception of others and attribution processes
  • Attitude formation and the link with behaviour
  • Persuasion and resistance to persuasion
  • Conformity, majority and minority effects; compliance and obedience
  • Behaviour in groups: Group structure and functions
  • Behaviour in groups: Group performance
  • Interpersonal attraction, prosocial behaviour and aggression
  • Applications of social psychology: law, organisational behaviour and clinical practice. 

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 the 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.