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Undergraduate subject

Psychology for Common Good

01 December 2023

Studying Psychology for Common Good at UC introduces you to the psychology behind the environmental, social, and cultural behaviours that influence us as a collective. Learn more.



Psychology for Common Good


Be introduced to the psychology behind environmental, social, and cultural behaviours that influence us as a collective, and learn how to change them.

Your study will explore a range of behaviours including interactions through social media platforms, stress, psychopathology, relationships; through an Aotearoa lens and wider worldviews.

Psychology for Common Good

Psychology for Common Good

What will my study involve?

  • Explore factors that change how people feel and interact with the world — from personal health and environment to global effects such as economics, and politics.
  • Learn how we can create solutions to large-scale issues that affect our collective psychological wellbeing, such as exposure to social media and online culture, climate change, and security.
  • Use psychological practice and research to find ways to support quality of life changes, such as promoting healthy habits, coping with stress, and advocating for vulnerable communities.
  • Gain real-world experience and see your work in action through a final-year project addressing a community issue.

Psychology for Common Good

Career opportunities

Your knowledge of physical and mental health trends across large groups and communities will make you especially useful in roles that work towards creating awareness through research and programmes at personal and higher levels - including global efforts for change.

Career pathways could include:

  • counselling
  • government consulting and research
  • advocacy
  • strategy and policy work.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

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