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175.101 Psychology as a Social Science (15 credits)

An introduction to psychology as the scientific study of human behaviour, with emphasis on individual differences and social influences. The course aims to develop an awareness of the issues, terminology, methods and techniques involved in the study of human behaviour.

Details Details

  • Year: 2020
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: Auckland Campus
  • Coordinator: Dr Kathryn McGuigan
  • Subject: Psychology
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.


  • Start Date: Monday 24 February, 2020
  • End date: Sunday 28 June, 2020

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Friday 6 March, 2020
  • Without academic penalty: Wednesday 27 May, 2020


Course fees for 2020

  • Domestic Students: NZD $862.50 *
  • International Students NZD $4,097.50 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2020 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes Details

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Think critically about human behaviour from a psychological perspective.
  2. Understand methods and techniques that psychologists use to study individual and social behaviour.
  3. Be familiar with important psychological research regarding individual differences and social influences on behaviour.
  4. See how psychology may provide valuable perspectives on real-world issues affecting the individual and society.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

Assessments Details

During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
1 Test 2,3 20.0%
2 Written Assignment 1,4 20.0%
3 Exam (centrally scheduled) 1,2,3,4 60.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • 175101 Psychology As A Social Science 2019 Summer School And 2019 - See Website Http://noba.To/butfy4am
    Author: Ross Flett
    Edition: 1 (Http://noba.To/butfy4am)
    Publisher: NOBA PSYCHOLOGY

Highly Recommended
  • 175101 Psychology As A Social Science 2019: Manawatu Campus Http://noba.To/hfn6wkmr
    Author: Ross Flett
    Edition: 1
    Publisher: NOBA PSYCHOLOGY

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Class timetable

The class timetable displays all available class times for this offering. Once you have enrolled in a course, you can access the student portal and select which of these class times you wish to attend.

Requirement(s): Each student should take 2 hour(s) of Lecture(s) and 1 hour(s) of Tutorial(s) per week..

Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the way courses are taught. During Semester 2, 2020 students will have a blended learning experience, with increased online learning opportunities, alongside some face-to-face teaching for internal students.

Class timetables for our courses may also change. An updated class timetable will be available on 1 July 2020.
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Lecture (All students)
Tuesday 08:00 - 10:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 1)
Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 10)
Friday 08:00 - 09:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 2)
Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 3)
Wednesday 08:00 - 09:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 4)
Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 5)
Thursday 10:00 - 11:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 6)
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 7)
Thursday 13:00 - 14:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 8)
Friday 10:00 - 11:00

Tutorial (Tutorial 9)
Friday 09:00 - 10:00

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