Psychology (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Psychology is a subject which investigates the mind and behaviour of both people and animals. Through conducting research and examining theories and psychological studies, students will explore the mental processes and biological explanations behind thinking and behaviours. A student who undertakes a course in Psychology will have the opportunity to study concepts such as those associated with human endeavour, relationships, industry, personality, mental disorders, development and health.

Psychology can be combined with Sociology units to gain a major or double major in Behavioural Science.

Post-school pathways

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Workload expectation

Social and Behavioural Science subjects require regular and consistent revision of course content as well as detailed planning and research for assessment tasks outside of class time  in order to receive outstanding results.

Course pattern

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Individual differences

2

Psychology in society

3

Into the mind

4

Psychology of wellness

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Individual differences

2

Psychology in society

Major minor and double major courses exist by combining the above with Sociology units.

Unit descriptions

NOTE: Within each unit, teachers selects a minimum of two electives topics per unit. The general themes and topics are relevant; however, specific elective topics are subject to change.

Individual differences

This unit examines individual differences in human cognition and behaviour. Students examine at least two electives for the semester to explain individual human behaviour as an outcome of influences and interactions. Students explore the assumptions, applications and limitations of psychological research and literature related to individual differences. Through their studies, students explore the nature of the individual and how these differences relate to society. The key conceptual understandings covered in this unit are: foundations of psychology, differences in mental abilities and intelligence, personality, development, learning and motivation.

Electives include: Foundations of Psychology; Mental Abilities & Intelligence; Personality; Developmental Psychology; Learning; Motivation

Psychology in Society

This unit examines the role of psychology in society. Students examine at least two electives for the semester to explain how humans think act and feel in a social setting. Students explore the assumptions, applications and limitations of psychological research and literature related to psychology in society. Through their studies, students explore how individual perceptions and interaction influence social relationships. The key conceptual understandings covered in this unit are: foundations of psychology, attitudes, prejudice, forensic psychology, human relationships, organisational psychology and social influences.

Electives include: Attitudes; Stereotypes and Prejudice; Social Influence; Organisational Psychology; Criminal and Forensic Psychology; Human Relationships

Into the mind

This unit examines the biological basis of human cognition and behaviour. Students examine at least two electives for the semester to explain how individuals respond to the environment as an outcome of biological influences and interactions. Students explore the assumptions, applications and limitations of psychological research and literature related to the biological basis of behaviour. Through their studies, students explore how heredity, environmental and biological factors influence behaviour. The key conceptual understandings covered in this unit are: foundations of psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, memory, emotion and neuroscience.

Electives include: Sensation & Perception; Consciousness; Memory; Emotion; Neuroscience

Psychology of wellness

This unit examines the factors that influence physical and mental wellbeing. Students examine at least two electives for the semester to explain how health can be positively and negatively affected by biological and environmental influences and interactions. Students explore the assumptions, applications and limitations of psychological research and literature related to the psychology of wellness. Through their studies, students explore how heredity, environmental and biological factors influence physical and mental wellbeing. The key conceptual understandings covered in this unit are: foundations of psychology, positive psychology, mental health, stress, resilience and coping and human relationships.

Electives include: Positive Psychology; Mental Health; Stress, Resilience and Coping