Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Behavioural studies is concerned with a multidisciplinary (sociological, psychological and biological) examination of human behaviour and is also interested in exploring diverse interpretations of the nature and character of human development, personality, identity and relationships. This interest in behaviour has wide and varied applications into areas such as work and workplace relationships and identities, education, criminology, youth studies and services, intercultural communication and understanding, and medical and therapeutic contexts.

Staff are able to provide research candidates with supervision in a range of areas, theoretical orientations and methodological perspectives and are dedicated to promoting research which is theoretically informed as well as grounded in rigorous empirical research.

The school can offer research supervision in the following areas:

  • critical sociologies of terrorism
  • digital identities and behaviours
  • dissociative disorders
  • Foucault and governmentality studies
  • globalisation and postmodernity
  • health psychology
  • impacts of terrorism on business
  • migration and cross-cultural comparison studies.
  • psycho-dermatology
  • psychology of medical treatment compliance
  • quality of life and disability studies
  • social networks and virtual worlds
  • terrorism and popular culture
  • trauma reactions
  • theories and studies of self and identity
  • youth studies.
  • Zizek studies.


For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.