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This course provides you with an introduction to the fields of psychology that consider how the individual operates and is part of different social contexts. The course emphasises the importance of recognising culture, including indigenous cultures and especially Māori culture, as a significant social context for understanding the meaning of human behaviour. Social and individual factors like personality, emotion, motivation, as well as social, cognitive and human development are key aspects influencing our behaviour within social contexts. The dynamic influence of others on behaviour are addressed through topics such as prejudice, interpersonal attraction, altruism, aggression, social influence and attitudes. How psychology approaches health, and mental health diagnosis and treatments are also introduced. This course complements 73195 General & Applied Psychology, which teaches the remaining introductory psychology topics.
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.
Topics covered include:
If you have not successfully completed study at Level 5 or higher you need to pass an online entry test before enrolling in this course.
To study this course you will require access to a computer, the Internet and email.
There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.
Assessment 60% In-course, 40% Examination
Exam information for this course is listed above. For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.