BEHV 1023 The Individual in Society (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700051

Coordinator Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces the main theoretical perspectives for understanding the 'individual in society', including: humanistic, biological, cognitive, behavioural and socio-cultural explanations of individual behaviour. These perspectives are further understood through application of the 'levels of analysis' framework. The content then moves on to social psychology and covers topics such as: self and identity, attitudes and attitude change, conformity and obedience, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, pro-social behaviour and attraction and close relationships. Students explore the relevance of these topics to everyday life and contemporary issues.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BEHV 0001

Equivalent Subjects BEHV 1021 - The Individual in Society

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College unless they have permission from the School. Students enrolled in extended diplomas must pass 40 credit points from the preparatory subjects listed in the program structure prior to enrolling in this University level subject. Students enrolled in 7055 Diploma of Criminal and Community Justice Extended and 7075 Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice Extended (WSTC First Year Program) must have successfully completed 700220 Introduction to Human Behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Identify the major perspectives in psychology and key social psychological theories and concepts;
  2. Summarise levels of analysis and selected social psychological theories and concepts;
  3. Apply key theories and concepts to everyday life and contemporary issues.

Subject Content

Major perspectives in psychology.
Levels of analysis framework.
Self and identity.
Attitudes and attitude change.
Prejudice and discrimination and inter-group behaviour.
Social influence.
Aggression and pro-social behaviour.
Attraction and close relationships.
Language, communication and culture.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflection 1 750 words 25 N Individual
Log/Workbook: Performance in face-to-face tutorials Weekly from week 2-week 11 15 N Individual
Reflection 2 Part A (15%) Part B (25%) 2000 words - 750 words, 1250 words 40 N Individual
Quizzes Part A - 10 online quizzes Part B - In-class test 10 quizzes up to 1 hour each In-class test in week 12 tutorial 10% 20 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Griffin, T. (Ed.) (2016). The Individual in Society (3rd edition). North Ryde: McGraw Hill.

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Nirimba Education Precinct

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Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 2

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Mona Shrestha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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