Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedBerwick First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mark Symmons


This unit considers a range of psychological concepts that have direct application to everyday life and adjustment to the modern world. Topics include motivation, stress and health, psychological disorders and therapies, relationships, emotion, and behaviour change. Students will be encouraged to apply the topics to their own lives and thus act as their own case studies. The unit thus covers a number of common 'pop-psychology' topics, but with a more critical, scientific approach.


In completing this unit students will:

  1. Develop an understanding of a range of applied psychological concepts
  2. Appreciate the relevance of the field of psychology to the everyday
  3. Explore the means by which they can affect positive change in their own lives
  4. Be more critical consumers of pop-psychology and adopt a scientific approach to psychology
  5. Build a foundation upon which to undertake further studies in psychology and related fields


Written work (2700 words): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One two-hour lecture per week
One one-hour laboratory per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Online: Recorded lecture and laboratory activities, discussion fora and chat facility.

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