Details for Psychology of Emotion

This is a first year Applied Social Science core subject that introduces students to the fields of psychology, social science and the importance of emotions in human identity. It leads into other psychology subjects and informs subjects such as grief and loss. This subject will allow students to develop a better understanding and management of their emotions. Students learn how to use this as a basis for building a framework to identify and work appropriately with the emotions of clients in an empathetic and professional manner.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC101
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar



Awards offering Psychology of Emotion

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Describe the function of emotions and normal emotional development;
  2. Be aware of emotions in self and others and ways emotions can be processed more skillfully;
  3. Identify problems that can arise in emotional development and expression in relationship;
  4. Work with others in the area of emotional fitness.

Subject Content

  1. Engaging with your emotions as the basis of understanding the emotions of others
  2. Consider the developmental aspects of emotional manifestations, and the concept of emotional intelligence
  3. Examine adaptive and non-adaptive functions of emotion

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Take home quizzes (20%)
  • Research Paper (25%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Creative Project (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Niedenthal, P.M. & Ric, F. (2017). Psychology of emotion (2nd ed.). New York: Psychology Press.

Please consult with your instructor before purchasing any textbooks