This subject examines the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to individual and group behaviour using both theoretical and practical teaching methods. It introduces students to a broad range of psychological theories and principles that explain human behaviour, as well as the diversity of human experience.

Practical demonstrations and experiments, both in and out of the classroom, are designed to help students understand and explore the theoretical concepts underlying human cognition (thinking) and behaviour.

Course outline

  • scientific theory and critical thinking
  • development through the lifespan: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood
  • social psychology
  • personality
  • psychological disorders
  • therapy
  • stress and health
  • emotion
  • learning
  • intelligence


Exams: 70% (2 x 35%)
Hurdle requirement: Attendance and participation
In-class quiz: 10%
Written task and presentation: 20%