Year 10 — 2012
Psychology [Semester Unit]
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and human behavior. That is, psychology aims to explain why humans
and animals act/behave the way in which they do. It is a scientific study because it endeavors to prove the theories about behavior by specific research done in the area. Psychology is a science. Psychologists study two critical
relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. As
scientists, psychologists carefully observe and analyse, to learn more about the world in which we live.
Psychology is intended to stimulate interest by focusing on ‘what psychologists do’ within various specialist areas.
The course also introduces students to the importance of research, equipping them with skills to question scientifically and undertake their own research.
- inquire and investigate scientifically
- apply psychological understandings
- communicate psychological information and understandings
- Psychology Past & Present: This area of study focuses the history of psychology, how to become a psychologist, working as a psychologist, the responsibilities of a psychologist. Importantly this topic explores psychology as a science with students learning the scientific method a variety of research methods such as questionnaires and empirical research activities (ERAs).
- Mind Matters: This looks at clinic psychologists and where they work, and how they assess clients. The steps in the diagnosis will be studied, and furthermore students will have the opportunity to research the symptoms and treatments of mental health disorders.
- Forensic Psychology: This aspect of the course answers the question, “What is forensic psychology?” Is it really like what we see on TV? Dangerousness, stalkers and stalking, serial killers, legal insanity and criminal profiling will be studied.
- Happiness (Positive Psychology): This study looks at one of the newest and fastest growing areas in psychology - positive psychology. What is it that makes us happy? Can we make ourselves happier than we already are? Does money and material wealth really guarantee us well-being and happiness?
- Relationships: The course will briefly consider how people interact – what they do and what they say. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate some of the factors behind how to communicate effectively and how to interact positively with others.
- Optional Studies: If there is sufficient time, students will have the opportunity to study another aspect of the course including sleep and dreams, the brain, and performance of sport psychology.
Empirical Research Activities