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Topic 5: Social Psychology 171.  Have an understanding of how we form attitudes and attributions

Reading ‐ Chapter 17 of "Psychology: The science of mind and behaviour" 3rd edition. Other editions will cover similar material, however page numbers and some terms will differ.

  1. Explain the difference between personal and situational attributions, and the information humans use to determine the attributions we make.
  2. Outline the attributional biases we use (and why we use them).
  3. Evaluate the factors that impact on the attributions we make about ourselves and others.
  4. Explain how and why we form and maintain impressions.
  5. Recognise the factors that influence our expectations of others in regard to impression formation.

2. Evaluate if attitudes and behaviour are related

  1. Evaluate the factors that impact on whether our attitudes influence our behaviour.
  2. Evaluate the factors that impact on whether our behaviour influences our attitudes.
  3. Explain how our attitudes can be changed through persuasion.

3.  Determine what factors influence conformity, obedience and group behaviour

  1. Distinguish between social norms and social roles, and consider how they influence behaviour.
  2. Determine how norms are formed, why people conform and the factors that influence conformity.
  3. Explain why we are obedient to authority, and the factors that influence obedience.
  4. Explain how groups influence individual behaviour.

4.  Summarise the causes of attraction, prejudice, prosocial behaviour and aggression

  1. Describe the factors that impact on attraction.
  2. Differentiate between prejudice and discrimination.
  3. Outline the difference between implicit and explicit prejudice, and note how they are measured.
  4. Explain the cognitive and motivational roots of prejudice, and how prejudice confirms itself.
  5. Explain the biological, psychological and social factors involved in aggression.

Topic 6: Cultural Psychology

1. Articulate the importance of cross‐cultural and Indigenous issues in psychology

  1. Evaluate critical reflection and how it applies to the study and practice of psychology.
  2. Define cultural competence and recognise how it is important to the study and practice of psychology.
  3. Consider the concept of power in the helping relationship, and how this relates to cultural encapsulation.
  4. Differentiate between and give examples of enculturation, acculturation and cultural adaptation.

3.  Recognise the impact of similarities and differences between cultures on psychological practice and research

  1. Explain the difference between race and culture.
  2. Define cultural psychology and explain the considerations involved in what cross cultural psychologists do.
  3. Consider the cultural differences in communication and cultural differences across the world research.

4.  Consider Indigenous psychology and research

  1. Explain what Indigenous psychology is, and the implications of this on the field of psychology generally.
  2. Describe the factors that may facilitate the role of psychologists when working and researching in a cross‐cultural context.

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