Courses & Units

Complexity and Controversy in Psychology KHA452


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
Unit code KHA452
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Doctor Christine Padgett
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090701 $1,828.00 $858.00 $1,002.00 $2,445.00

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Teaching Pattern

12 x three-hour lecture/workshop/seminar classes

AssessmentExam (50%)|In class presentation|Written Assignment (50%)
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