Select one of the following 11 topics for your essay. It is
recommended that you select your topic by Week 4 at the latest, to
allow a minimum of 3 weeks to work on your outline, which is due in
- Attitude Change.
What factors determine the success of attitude change programs?
Theoretical bases and research evidence about key elements
underlying attitude change programs should be
critically analysed and synthesised, with recommendations put
forward about the key considerations for creating effective
attitude change programs.
Use examples from at least three social change programs (e.g., SUNSMART, anti-smoking initiatives, and exercise promotion).
- Australian Identity.
What is the nature of Australian identity according to social
psychological theory and research? Several additional
questions should be considered in attempting to answer this
question. For example, how do the scientific
findings about Australian identity differ from
the stereotypical depictions of Australian identity? In what
ways has Australian identity changed? How does Australian
identity impact on our relations with non-Australians?
- Peace Promotion.
According to social psychological theory and research, how can
peace by promoted and developed between conflicting groups?
Note that your answer should address the gamut of relations in
which peace might be considered desirable, e.g., dyads, within
groups, and between groups and cultures.
- Social Competence.
According to theory and research, what skills, attitudes
and behaviours are exhibited by people whom we understand to be
socially competent? To what extent can social competence
be learned and to what extent is it innate? What are the most
effective methods for training people in social skills and enhancing social competence?
Answers to this question are recommended to make use of
- Critical Mass.
What is "critical mass" in social psychological terms? What
theories and research are able to explain and predict human social
critical mass phenomena? How can critical mass concepts in
social psychology be applied to understanding social chaos (e.g.,
mass riots) and prosocial events (e.g., mass psychological flow at
What social psychology elements and principles cause, contribute
to, and are caused by, acts of genocide? Your answer should
refer to relevant social psychological theory and research and
include examples from at least two 20th century
genocides (e.g., Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfour).
It has been claimed that when you buy a can of Coca-Cola for $1,
you are paying 10c for the product and 90c for the image (source
unknown). What is marketing and how are social psychological
principles used in marketing, advertising and branding?
What are the social psychological consequences of
marketing? Explain how social psychological theory and
research can be applied to both marketing strategy and
understanding social psychological effects of marketing.
- Long-term Intimate Relationships.
Approximately 50% of marriages in Western culture currently end in
separation (source unknown). What are the secrets of a "good marriage"
and what are the warning signs that intimate relationships will
How effective are scientific matching tools? How effective
are relationship training programs? Utilise social psychological theory and
research in your essay.
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
Negotiation and conflict resolution skills appear to be in greater
demand than ever. What social psychology principles and
techniques can be used to create effective negotiation processes
which lead to conflict resolution? In constructing your
answer, make sure to utilise relevant social psychological theory
and research, and provide a spectrum of examples, ranging from
dyads (e.g., an intimate couple) to groups (e.g., school
environment) to cultures (e.g., international relations).
- Culture of Fear.
Is our culture becoming increasingly fearful, risk-averse,
suspicious, even paranoid? What social psychology theory and
research evidence speaks to this question? What are the
trends, where are we going, and what do you think should be done?
- Restorative Justice.
What are the social psychological principles of restorative
justice and how is it being applied? What does the research
evidence suggest about the effectiveness of restorative justice in
different settings? What are the prospects for restorative
justice in the future?