PSY 004 Critical Social Psychology Reflective Writing
What am I required to do in this assignment?
This is not a Patchwork Text Assessment (the original assignment), which was design to document the construction of knowledge about a topic that took place as you engaged in the activities that make up the unit over a 12-week period. In contrast, the referral assessment is to be written as a single piece. However, you will research the same topic you chose before and answer each of the following questions. Please, adhere to the word count for each answer as closely as possible.
You must include in-text citations in your responses to every question and a list of references (at the end) of all sources used following the APA style.
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
Explain the phenomenon using some of the main theories and research in mainstream (experimental) social psychology.
Evaluate mainstream social psychological theory and research drawing on critical approaches to social psychology (including social constructionism) with special attention given to the context and ideology of psychology.
Explain some ways in which the phenomenon has been re-conceptualised using alternative (critical) theories.
Review examples of work (theory or studies) that exists in critical social psychology on this phenomenon clearly explaining such work.
Evaluate both approaches to the phenomenon clearly indicating advantages and disadvantages. PSY 004 Critical Social Psychology Reflective Writing
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
In order to produce a good assignment, you should identify some of the key theories in mainstream social psychology on the phenomenon that you chose. Make sure there is a mixture of classic theories and contemporary developments. Basic understanding of these theories is not sufficient; you should aim to acquire in-depth understanding. So, selected reading is essential.
Revisit the first five lectures in the unit in order to understand the difference between mainstream and critical social psychology. You must read the recommended readings associated with each one of these lectures. Use conceptual tools in critical social psychology (e.g. from social constructionism) to criticize the mainstream work.
Identify ways in which the phenomenon has been explored using critical social psychology. Search for empirical studies that illustrate these approaches. Use some of the examples from Unit Handbook on the topic you chose. Draw in additional readings.
Evaluate both approaches and draw a clear conclusion to answer the final question.
How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
As explained above, this assignment cannot reflect the pedagogical approaches that inspire the unit (experiential and inquiry-based learning) because the construction of knowledge occurs in the interaction of group discussions and individual reading and analysis. Consequently, you must carry out your own process of inquiry using the questions specified in this brief. PSY 004 Critical Social Psychology Reflective Writing