PSYCH 211 : Psychology for Society


2023 Academic Year Term (1231) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines what we do and can know in psychology, and why and how we know it, including philosophy of science, methodology, ethics, research outcomes, and particular methods. Embeds a focus on the cultural context of Āotearoa/New Zealand within which psychological knowledge is applied. Introduces broad content in preparation for more advanced study.

Course Overview

Psychology for Society provides the requisite knowledge to support success in the Stage 3 courses of the Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology. The course begins with an introduction to psychology as a science and emphasises the importance of culture to psychology in Aotearoa. Several applied fields are then introduced, followed by a focus on the practical aspects of psychological research and application. This includes coverage of ethics, cultural responsibilities and practices, basic research skills for data collection and analysis, and the formalities of presenting research information.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the aims of psychology, its scientific basis, and the key concepts and approaches relating to various areas of applied psychology. (Capability 1 and 6)
  2. Find, evaluate, and communicate psychology research in an accessible manner (Capability 2, 4, 5 and 6)
  3. Explain the foundations of psychology research, its outputs, and the role of ethics. (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. Discuss and apply Māori health models, concepts and theory to diverse health-practice and research-related settings. (Capability 4, 5 and 6)
  5. Evaluate, select, and apply appropriate research, data collection and analysis techniques in various real-world settings. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Presentation 25% Individual Coursework
Essay 25% Individual Coursework
Qualitative Analy7sis 25% Individual Coursework
Quiz 25% Individual Test
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Qualitative Analy7sis


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Key Topics

Academic skills; ethics; introduction to applied psychology; psychology research in Aotearoa; Kaupapa Māori research; introduction to qualitative and quantitative research.

Workload Expectations

This course is a 30-point course, divided into 12 modules. Each module aligns itself to a week and students are expected to spend 25 hours per week on module material and learning activities. 

Delivery Mode


This course is 100% online. Attendance on campus is not required. You will be provided with active learning opportunities and activities that will scaffold into your assessments. You can study on a day and time that works with your schedule, however, it is highly recommended that modules are completed by the end of the corresponding study week.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

All course materials, readings and resources are made available via a digital learning tool called Canvas. Zoom, Panopto Video and Microsoft (MS) Teams are utilised for live sessions, recordings and communication.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

In consideration of student feedback we will be considering the following changes for future classes:

  1. Marks for participation
  2. Make  Zoom sessions more interactive
  3. Redesign Assignment Two 
  4. Consider removing multiple-answer questions from quiz
  5. Increase the visibility of Programme dates
  6. Increase the visibility of Microsoft downloads
  7. Investigate quicker onboarding for students to gain access to required electronic resources

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 01/11/2022 09:36 a.m.