PSYC468-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Moral Psychology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course will introduce postgraduate students to the psychology of morality. Topics will include methods and approaches, tolerance of political differences, reasoning about morality, character and reputation, morality in the economy, judging intentions, free will, evolution and cultural approaches, and moral diversity.

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of the course are to:

  • Through reading and discussion, students will understand the main theoretical perspectives and topics in moral psychology.

  • Through reaction papers, discussion, and discussion leadership, students will analyse and evaluate the pros and cons of the different perspectives.

  • Through writing and presenting a research proposal, students will create a scientific work that proposes a test of a novel prediction related to moral psychology.

  • Through writing a preregistration, students will learn this novel research skill.


RP: PSYC211 Personality Psychology


Equivalent Courses

Recommended Preparation

PSYC211 Personality Psychology

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 A9 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Andrew Vonasch


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Class participation and reaction papers 50%
Research proposal with preregistration and oral presentation 50%

Textbooks / Resources

No textbook required. Readings will be scientific journal articles and book chapters.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,110.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC468 Occurrences

  • PSYC468-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024