The field of social psychology is significant across many industries, particularly education, health care and community services, as it aims to understand factors that influence the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of people at an individual level and as part of a group.
The Certificate of Social Psychology is an online professional development course that will introduce you to the basic concepts of social psychology and develop your understanding of the social influences on behaviour.
In this social psychology course, you will discover social psychology and related constructs, including how we arrive at conclusions about the behaviour of others, aggression and the process of conformity and group pressure.
On completion of this course, you will have gained foundation knowledge to help you in your current role or to pursue further studies in this fascinating area.
Unit - Social Psychology I
Unit 1 – Social cognition
Introduction to social psychology
What is social psychology
The primary affect
Schemas and social perception
Social inference and decision making
Case study: social psychology and law
Unit 2 – The self
Present and ideal selves
Experiments into cognitive dissonance
Reducing cognitive dissonance
How does the self develop
Self and social feedback
Types of socialisation
How are we socialised
Unit 3 – Attribution and perception of others
Attribution and consensus, consistency, distinctiveness
Culture and attributional style
Criticisms of the theory
Practical uses of attribution theory
Unit 4 – Attitudes and attitude change
Characteristics of attitudes
ABC of attitudes
Affective elements of attitude
Behavioural elements of attitude
Cognitive elements of attitude
Factors affecting attitude change
Unit 5 – Prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes
What is prejudice
Functions of prejudice
How we measure prejudice
In groups and out groups
Functions of stereotypes
Dangers of using stereotypes
Unit 6 – Interpersonal attraction
Theories of attraction
The social exchange theory
The reinforcement affect model
Factors affecting interpersonal attraction
Mis attribution of emotions
An evolutionary perspective
The cost of sex
Unit 7 – Helping behaviour
Diffusion of responsibility
Why do people conform
Factors affecting conformity
Desire for affiliation
Reinforcement and punishment
Obedience to authority
Why does social influence work
Unit 8 – Aggression
Types of aggression
Theoretical approaches to aggression: Freudian, Drive theories, Social learning theories, Biological and evolutionary theories
Aggression against outsiders
Aggression in a species
Aggression in humans
Environmental influences on human aggression
Imitation or modelling
Aggression and culture
Unit 9 – Groups
What is a group
Kinds of groups; recreational, social, work, family, sporting
Features of groups
Factors relating to groups: productivity, social loafing, insufficient coordination, social facilitation
Group decision making: group think, group polarisation, minority influence
Unit 10 – Cultural Influences
Culture and social exchange
Individualistic vs reciprocal societies
Cross cultural psychology vs cultural psychology
Culture bound syndromes
Trance and possession disorder
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.