PSYC201

NCEA Level 2 Psychology 201

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Dudek

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. The emphasis of this course is on helping students understand the theoretical concepts and research methods associated with Psychology. 

The Year 12 Psychology programme looks at the following areas; 

  • Clinical Psychology: students analyse psychological theories and apply their knowledge to explain addiction. As part of our forensic topic we analyse theories that explain Anti-social Personality Disorder (APD). Students take part in a 48 hour social media deprivation experiment at El Rancho (Waikanae) to investigate the psychological impact of social media addiction.
  • Forensic Psychology: Students investigate explanations of human aggression, eye witness testimony, theories of crime and the application of theories to murders. 
  • Social Psychology: Students examine why people obey authority, conform to social norms and roles. 
  • Ethical issues in Psychological research: Students examine the cost vs benefit of famous unethical studies, that psychologically and physically harmed their participants.
  • Eating behaviour: After learning about the psychological theory behind food preference, students design and  conducting an investigation into food preference as part of their assessment. 

There are no externals in this 201 course


Pathway

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students have the opportunity to take part in the psychology social media deprivation camp. For the two days students are at a camp they will have no access to electronic devices and will take part in regular tests to monitor the physiological and psychological changes that take place when social media is withdrawn. Between the experiments students take part in an activity programme that is designed to encourage face to face communication, leadership and team work skills. Massey University Psychology Department also run a psychology road show at the camp that allows students to take part in psychological activities related to their social media deprivation assessment assessment.
The cost of the camp is $195. This includes buses to and from El Rancho, accommodation, food for the duration of the camp and all activities such as horse riding, escape room, go karts, rock climbing etc. We are able to set up payment plans for the trip if needed.

Recommended Prior Learning

The maturity to cope with all aspects of human behaviour in a classroom environment. In addition to this, 12 or more credits from Achievement Standards in English or a Social Science course (ie History, Geography).

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 21 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 21 credits.

Assessment Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91848 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.5 - Examine ethical issues in psychological practice

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 12

2
I
3
Y
3r
A.S. 91847 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.4 - Examine how theory is used in fields of psychological practice

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 8

2
I
5
Y
5r
A.S. 91846 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.3 - Conduct psychological research with guidance

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 8

2
I
4
Y
4r
A.S. 91845 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.2 - Examine how a psychological debate has changed over time

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 8

2
I
3
Y
3r
A.S. 91844 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.1 - Examine different psychological approaches used to explain a behaviour

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 8

2
I
6
Y
6r
Total Credits