Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

13 Psychology 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Megan Butler.


At least 16 level 2 reading and/or writing credits all from one of the following subjects: 

 Of the 16 credits, 4 must be from an externally assessed achievement standard sat in the term 3 prerequisite exams.

 AND Head of Department OR Head of Faculty approval.

Please note that staffing constraints may limit the number of classes on offer. In this instance, other relevant criteria will be used for selection such as a ballot.

This is a university approved course.

Psychology is the study of the human mind and human behaviour. In psychology, we examine both the unusual and the everyday behaviour with the goal of understanding how it reveals the nature of the human mind. In doing so, we aim to develop a greater understanding of humanity and the issues surrounding it.

Students will:
• Critique different psychologists from history and their theories of behaviour.
• Understand the role of conformity in the context of obedience and authority.
• Examine in-depth examples of significant psychological research and analyse how they have helped shape our understanding of society.
• Study the cognitive, biological and sociocultural psychological approaches that attempt to explain behaviour.
• Explore abnormal mental function to better understand the complexities of psychological disorders.
• Create a research design, conduct their own psychological research and analyse the results.
• Consider the limitations and ethical implications found in the field of psychology.


Social Science

Career Pathways

Counsellor, Psychologist

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*13PS1* - Supplementary costs: Nil