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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:

Online and on-campus




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 behaviour 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 PSYC1032 and PSYC1012 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:

a)    Explain how psychological development, motivation, emotion, personality, social, and cultural perspectives are related to human behaviour

b)    Differentiate between various perspectives with the implications for behavioural explanations

c)    Identify major causes and explanations of behavioural and psychological change

d)    Elaborate major psychopathology and treatment perspectives

e)    Understand the processes involved in conducting research

f)    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
  • Development Across the Lifespan
  • Personality
  • Motivation
  • Emotion, Stress and Behaviour Regulation
  • Psychopathology Part 1: Introduction and Classification
  • Psychopathology Part 2: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Social Psychology Part 1: Attitudes, Attributions and Impressions
  • Social Psychology Part 2: The Power of the Group
  • Cultural and Indigenous Perspectives

Learning and Teaching Process

This unit is taught over 10 weeks and totals approximately 3.5 student contact hours a week.

Students will participate in teaching and learning activities including:

  • Lectures and critical discussion
  • Tutorials and skill development activities  
  • Online pre-learning activities
  • Online post-learning
  • Formative quizzes   

This unit comprises ten weekly 2.5 hour lectures and nine weekly 1 hour tutorials. Lectures commence in Week 1 of the trimester and will be captured electronically at the time of delivery and will automatically be made available online within the following 24 hours. Tutorials begin in Week 2 of the trimester.

Assessment 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 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.

Enrolment Recommendation

It is the recommendation of Psychological Sciences that commencing students do not enrol into the three core psychology units (PSYC1012, PSYC1022 and PSYC1032) during the same trimester of enrolment. This recommendation is in recognition of the workload involved in each of these units and is offered to best support commencing students to achieve the best possible outcomes in these foundation units. Please see our recommended sequencing of unit completion here.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of trimester.