Ms Christine Butler
Hi everyone, Welcome to psychology. You will find following an outline of what to expect when studying psychology in regards to content, assessment, expectations and resource requirements.
If you have any further questions or queries I can be contacted via email.
In this unit, students focus on contexts related to behaviour. Regardless of their prior learning, most students have a wide range of experiences of the way people behave as individuals, within groups and between groups.
This unit focuses on the general aspects of psychology. Students learn about the language of psychology and about how human behaviour can be explored in relation to themselves, others and society. They become familiar with relevant psychological theories that explain human behaviour and learn about the scope of psychology as a scientific discipline. The focus is on the definitions of psychology and behaviour, looking at the distinction between psychology and psychiatry and the diversity of psychology as a profession. Students are introduced to psychological research and will access current research through journal articles and the internet. They generate ideas and gain knowledge that help them to become more confident, competent and independent in their everyday lives.
Biological influences (the brain, the meaning of psychology, psychology as scientific explanation of behaviour)
Cognition (sensation, perception, attention, memory statistics: mode, mean, median)
Developmental Psychology (age,average development, nature/nurture debate, twin studies)
The psychology of personality (defining personality, personal differences and behaviour, measuring personality)
Social Psychology (groups and how they are formed, individuals and groups, behaviour in groups)
Relational Influences (friendship formation, peer acceptance and popularity, influences in social behaviour)
Communication (non-verbal communication, language and components of language)
Culture (race and culture, racism)
Social Values and practice (social values, research on social values and practice)
Social, historical and political influences (impact of social events, disaster and conflicts on the way we think, feel and behave)
TASKS FOR PSYCHOLOGY 1A
Task One : Resource Portfolio
Students will collect information regarding psychology over a period of time. This will include the sourcing and reviewing an article, website, pamphlets, books newspaper or any document related to psychology.
Task Two: Statistical evidence and History of psychology theorists
Statistical evidence of a study conducted by students on their classroom peers.A brief summary of two well known psychologists and their theories.
Task Three: The influence of birth order on personality
Students will complete a rating scale which will explore four aspects of their personality: self-confidence, sociability, conscientiousness and leadership and they will analyse their traits in accordance to their birth order. This is an individual task and includes: data gathering, class discussion, analyses of data and formal report of findings.
Examination and tests
TEXT BOOK REQUIREMENT:
Psychology Self, Others and Society Author: Janet Fletcher: Alison Garton
Homework is usually given every night. Homework is posted on the following website.