Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

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, or view unit timetables.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Luke Howie; Dr Ana-Maria Bluic (Caulfield & Clayton)


Previously coded BHS1712


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.


Written work 50%: Oral presentation 20%: Class tests 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ana-Maria Bluic (Caulfield & Clayton)

Contact hours

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

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

Behavioural studies


GSC1712, ATS1360