Psychology is the rigorous and systematic study of mental processes and behaviour. It draws on concepts, methods and understandings from a number of different disciplines.
The subject explores the notion that human beings are complex animals, with highly developed frontal lobes, cognitive abilities, involved social structures and cultures. It attempts to use three approaches to describe or explain mental processes and behaviour.
This subject aims to enable learners to:
- Develop an understanding of the biological, cognitive and sociocultural factors affecting mental processes and behaviour
- Apply an understanding of these factors to at least one applied area of study
- Develop an awareness of how psychological research can be applied to address real-world problems and promote positive change
- Understand the importance of ethical practice in psychological research in general and observe ethical practice in their own inquiries
- Understand diverse methods of inquiry
- Ensure that ethical practices are upheld in all psychological inquiry and discussion.
The Psychology syllabus in Year 11 and 12 requires the study of three CORE topics:
- Biological approach to understanding behaviour
- Cognitive approach to understanding behaviour
- Sociocultural approach to understanding behaviour
Students also study OPTIONAL topics. At QACI, the topics chosen are:
- Abnormal psychology
- Developmental psychology