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).
  • 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



Course Overview

Term 1
Clinical Psychology: students analyse psychological theories (Biological, Psychodynamic and Behavioural approaches) and apply their knowledge to explain addiction.
Psychology 2.1 - Examine different psychological approaches used to explain a behaviour

Term 2
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.
Psychology 2.5 - Examine ethical issues in psychological practice

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.
Psychology 2.3 - Conduct psychological research with guidance

Term 3
Forensic Psychology: Students investigate explanations of human aggression, eye witness testimony, theories of crime and the application of theories to murders.

Psychology 2.4 - Examine how theory is used in fields of psychological practice

Recommended Prior Learning

The maturity to cope with all aspects of human behaviour in a classroom environment. In addition to this, gained level 1, with 12 or more credits from Achievement Standards in English or a Social Science course (i.e. History, Geography).

If you took Level 1 Psychology to continue to Level 2 Psychology, you must have gained at least Achieved grade in 3 of the 5 standards.

You do not need to have taken Level 1 Psychology to take Level 2 Psychology

Pathway

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 18 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91844 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.1 - Examine different psychological approaches used to explain a behaviour
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 6r
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91846 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.3 - Conduct psychological research with guidance
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91847 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.4 - Examine how theory is used in fields of psychological practice
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91848 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.5 - Examine ethical issues in psychological practice
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 18
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 18
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 18
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

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