This unit provides a critical overview of the historical and socio-cultural contexts for the practice of psychology. It introduces students to the diverse nature of the profession, the various functions, roles and duties performed by psychologists. It also explores evidence-based interventions and the ethical and professional conduct required of them as psychologists.

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For students enrolled in ABPC Bachelor of Psychology Honours and LHWP Bachelor of Laws(Honours)/ Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) coordinator permission required to enrol in this unit as it is a core Psychology Honours unit.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the historical and socio-cultural influences on the practice of psychology;  
  2. Collaborate in critically analysing the various functions, roles and duties performed by psychologists;  
  3. Critically appraise the research bases underpinning evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention;  
  4. Reflect on and apply the principles of ethical and professional conduct required in psychological practice; and  
  5. Elucidate the importance of supervision throughout their professional career in particular during the first few years of their professional careers.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Discussion paper of an ethical question in current psychological practice (2500 words) 30%
Examination Short answer and multiple choice exam - Evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention (1.5 hours) 30%
Examination Short answer and multiple choice exam - Professional ethics (2 hours) 40%

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