The study of psychology enables students to understand their own behaviours and the behaviours of others. Psychology aims to describe and explain both the universality of human experience and individual and cultural diversity. It does this through the systematic study of behaviour, the processes that underlie it, and the factors that influence it. Through such study, students come to better understand themselves and their social worlds. It has direct relevance to their personal lives.

WHAT CONTENT WILL BE COVERED?

Stage 2 Psychology will focus on the knowledge and understanding of 6 key learning areas and the application of the ideas within these areas to the real world.

  • Introduction to Psychology (Psychological research methodology)
  • Social Cognition
  • Altered States of Awareness
  • Personality
  • Learning
  • Healthy Minds

WHERE WILL THIS COURSE TAKE ME?

Students will develop understandings and skills such as problem-solving, critical questioning, scientific writing, research design application and familiarity with ethical frameworks. They will develop a range of graduate capabilities in their completion of both formative and summative tasks. This course will support students both in their general understanding of themselves and the behaviours of others, and are relevant for University and the workplace. Through our connections with the Flinders University Psychology Department, the students will be supported to understand the role of a Psychologist through direct experience with psychologists and understand that there are numerous career fields in which Psychology can be applicable to.

HOW WILL THE COURSE BE ASSESSED?

Psychology is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2 and can be used in calculating a student’s ATAR. Assessment has three components:

  1. Investigations (30%)
  2. Skills and Applications Tasks (40 %)
    • Topic Test
    • Healthy Minds Movie Analysis
    • Ethics Enquiry Forum
    • Social Applications Task
    • Persuasion Task
  3. SACE Examination (30 %)

WHAT RESOURCES ARE USED?

Students are exposed to a variety of resources through Learning Menus and Flipped Classroom teaching approaches. Students will partake in learning activities through both self directed learning and also teacher led tutorials. There will be a focus on application of their understanding and practical based learning activities within each topic covered. Researchers from Flinders University work with our students to develop their understanding of research methodology.

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