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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Luke Howie


Previously coded BHS3490


In the 21st century our sense of Self, and our relationships to others, are constructed out of a multitude of interactions - some face-to-face, some more abstract. Our experience of difference can be destructive and/or empowering - at the levels of personal relationships, public relationships in spaces such as schools and workplaces, through to the so-called clash of civilisations. This Unit will explore socio-cultural approaches to understanding: the character of human relationships at the start of the 21st century: the consequences that these relationships have for a sense of Self and Others and: how we can understand the variety of behaviours that are shaped by these relationships.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have developed a detailed and extensive knowledge of a variety of socio-cultural perspectives on the nature of human relationships at the start of the 21st century
  2. Have developed a detailed and extensive knowledge of the socio-cultural concept of Identity
  3. Have developed a detailed and extensive knowledge of the ways in which the experience of difference influences the relationships between the Self and Others, and to demonstrate a capacity to work with these understandings of difference in a group work assessment context
  4. Have developed an ability to identify, explore and make judgements on the research literature related to these concepts
  5. Have developed an ability to critically use this literature to communicate, orally and in a written form, in a logical, coherent and analytical manner about these concepts


Written work 60%
Class tests 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Luke Howie

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Behavioural studies


ATS1261 and ATS1262, or permission