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BHS1712 - Introduction to Social Behaviour

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Berwick Second semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit introduces students to the study of behaviour in its social contexts. Key understandings of the social influences on behaviour throughout the lifespan are situated in a study of the individual as a social being who is involved a variety of relationships and settings. The unit introduces students to concepts that explore and explain the ways these relationships - pairs, groups, teams, communities and cultures - and settings - family, school, work and leisure - change throughout the lifespan.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an appropriate level of understanding of a range of theoretical orientations to the social settings of, and influences on, human behaviour across the lifespan;
  2. the ability to discriminate between evidence, interpretation, opinion and fact in evaluating these theories and concepts;
  3. the ability to communicate, orally and in a written form, their understanding of these theories and concepts.


Research article critique (500 words) : 10%
Essay (2000 words) : 45%
Two 1-hour tests (2000 words) : 45%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


GSC1712, PSS1712