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Hobart, Launceston


This unit explores the role of theory in a range of core and contemporary domains of psychological research. Through lectures, workshops, and written assignments, students will examine the processes of deriving hypotheses from theory and updating theory in light of results. Particular focus is placed on (i) the role of theory in understanding and resolving current, cutting-edge issues in psychological research, (ii) using theory to anticipate and interpret various plausible patterns of results for students’ own research theses.

Summary 2020

Unit name Theoretical Controversies in Psychology
Unit code KHA452
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology

Christine Padgett

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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About Census Dates




Prior completion of a three-year APAC accredited sequence in psychology.


Teaching Pattern

3-hr lecture and workshop weekly


2-hr Exam 50%, Assignment (1500 words) 50%.

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