This unit explores the complexity of psychological concepts and role of theory in a range of core and contemporary fields of psychology, as well as controversial theoretical and ‘real world’ issues. Particular focus is placed on exploring concepts which can be challenging, both in terms of the ethical and moral issues they raise, and in terms of their ambiguity/complexity. The role of theory in understanding and resolving current, cutting-edge issues in psychological research is also explored.
|Unit name||Complexity and Controversy in Psychology|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Christine Padgett|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- International students
- Domestic students
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- Critically analyse contemporary theory and evidence in psychological science, including understanding the effects of social, historical, professional and cultural factors on the development of theory and research.
- Interpret and apply theory to both existing research, and as part of the development of your own research capabilities.
- Evaluate the ethical and pragmatic issues which can add ambiguity and complexity within the discipline of psychology.
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PrerequisitesAdmission into M4O or M4Y or R4E or S4E
12 x three-hour lecture/workshop/seminar classes
|Assessment||Exam (50%)|In class presentation|Written Assignment (50%)|
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