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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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2011


This unit aims to examine theoretical and philosophical issues in psychology.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of central philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology and its history in discussion and written analyses
  2. Critically evaluate philosophical positions and assumptions in psychological theories and methods
  3. Conceptualize the impact of theoretical debates on areas of psychological practice
  4. Use presentation, discussion, and essay writing skills as well as independent research to communicate complex topics


Individual presentation: 20%
Essay (2000 words): 30%
Final examination (2 hours): 50%
Hurdle requirement: 75% tutorial attendance

Contact hours

1 x 1hr lecture and 1 x 2hr tutorial each week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-Campus students are required to listen to the recorded lecture or read a lecture summary, attend a One-Day On-Campus school and complete tasks similar to those of On-Campus students


PSY1011, PSY1022, and 12 points of second year units chosen from PSY2042, PSY2051 and PSY2031