Psychology Papers at Tauranga (2023)

Psychology is about understanding the behaviour and cognitive processes of people and animals in their physical, social and organisational environment. As a behavioural science, it examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, it focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, it studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science it studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology.

Psychology is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA), the Bachelor of Climate Change (BCC), the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Psychology may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Psychology as a single major for the BA, BCC, BSc or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for Psychology, including PSYCH100, PSYCH101, PSYCH211, plus a further 30 points at Level 200, and at least 60 points at 300 level.

To complete Psychology as part of a double major for the BA, BCC, BSc, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points in papers listed for Psychology, including PSYCH100, PSYCH101, and PSYCH211. 90 points must be above 100 level and at least 45 points above 200 level.

To complete a minor in Psychology, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Psychology major, including at least 15 points at 200 level and at least 15 points at 300 level.

Kaupapa Māori Psychology is also available as a minor, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled. Please see Kaupapa Māori Psychology for further information.

Note: Students intending to apply for postgraduate study in Psychology must include PSYCH307 in their programme of study, in order to meet prerequisites.

Students taking Psychology as part of a double major should discuss paper selection with one of the Psychology Undergraduate Advisors.

The Master of Applied Psychology in Organisational Psychology is not available for new enrolments in 2023.

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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH100Brain, Behaviour and Cognition15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces perceptual systems, mechanisms of learning, emotions and motivation, the biological basis of psychology, such as brain structure and functioning, processes underlying behaviour, memory and cognition.
    PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    The paper will examine important conceptual frameworks and theory within social psychology and the social sciences generally. Maori perspectives and exemplars will be a significant emphasis within the paper.
    PSYCH203Cognitive Neuroscience15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    This paper will provide students with an overview of current findings and theories of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive development, and cognitive processes such as memory, attention, language, and decision making.
    PSYCH204Behavioural Psychology and Perception15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    This course is intended to give students an introduction to behavioural psychology and to the psychology of perception. Students will learn about the philosophy behind the behavioural approach to psychology, the basic principles of behaviour analysis, and how those principles can be applied to issues of clinical and community impor...
    PSYCH206Social Psychology and Development15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    Social psychology topics include environmental psychology, social relationships, and helping and hindering others. Developmental psychology investigates why we develop as we do. Together, this paper explores why we do the things we do.
    PSYCH211Understanding Psychological Research15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    This paper will cover the basic methodological approaches relevant to psychological and social science research, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and the dissemination of research.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    HMDEV340Perspectives on Counselling15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.
    PSYCH302Community, Culture and Diversity15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are central to community, indigenous and liberation psychologies. Issues covered include inequalities, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability. Key considerations are the broader co...
    PSYCH303Indigenous Psychology15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    Students develop a critical analysis of the positions of contemporary Maori people through discussion and examination of the Western world and New Zealand society. The theory base is drawn from Maori and indigenous development, community and social psychology and of health and social policy.
    PSYCH307Psychological Research Methods15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    The paper covers research theory and methods, making students critical consumers of psychological research. It expands on concepts taught in PSYCH211 to build more advanced research skills.
    PSYCH314Behaviour Analysis15.023B (Hamilton), 23B (Online) & 23B (Tauranga)
    This course is intended to give students an understanding of the philosophy of behaviourism, experimental methods used in the study of behaviour, and the application of behavioural principles
    PSYCH317Organisational Psychology15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    This course offers a general introduction to how psychology can be used to build better workplaces and work lives. It takes a problem-solving approach, introducing key work psychology concepts and building student understanding of how to apply them to work, while providing an awareness of how business priorities inform applied psyc...
    PSYCH319Infant and Child Development15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    The objective of this paper is to provide students with an understanding of infants' and children's cognitive, emotional, and social development from a psychological perspective.
    PSYCH337Individual Differences and Measurement15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    This course will cover measurement issues in psychology, and a range of basic measurement techniques. It will include coverage of theories of intelligence and of personality and their measurement.
    PSYCH338Mental Health and Well Being15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    This course offers an introduction to the definition, assessment, and treatment of mental disorders.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH555Environmental Psychology15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    Provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge in Environmental Psychology, the study of the transaction between humans and their natural and built environments.
    PSYCH591Honours Dissertation30.023D (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PSYCH592Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PSYCH593Psychology Thesis90.023X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    PSYCH594Psychology Thesis120.023X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    PSYCH900Psychology PhD Thesis120.023I (Hamilton), 23I (Tauranga), 23J (Hamilton), 23K (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
    No description available.

2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 21 March 2023 10:02am

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