Undergraduate - 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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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences
Campus(es)Berwick, Gippsland


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


The major in psychological studies includes a set of psychology units with an applied flavour. It is designed for students who wish to complete a major in psychology in conjunction with studies in a number of other areas such as science, social work, sociology, communications, management, marketing or education. At first-year level, the sequences provides a brief coverage of a wide range of human behaviours, including seeing and hearing, sleep and dreaming, learning, remembering, thinking, functioning of the brain and nervous system, language, social interactions, dealing with stress, abnormal behaviours and emotions, with more in-depth coverage of developmental topics. The second and third-year units are geared more towards the applied aspects of psychology.

Note: Psychological studies is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Those interested in undertaking APAC-accredited units in a Faculty of Arts course should refer to the Arts psychologypsychology ( area of study entry. Only some arts courses are APAC accredited. More information is available from the School of Psychology and PsychiatrySchool of Psychology and Psychiatry ( in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.


First-year level

Students studying a sequence in psychological studies must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

  • ATS1359 Introduction to psychology B: Brains and behaviour
  • ATS1840 Introduction to psychology A: Behaviour and the modern world

Note: ATS1360 (Developmental psychology) will no longer be offered at first-year level but students who have already completed this unit may count this towards their first year sequence in psychological studies.

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in psychological studies must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

Compulsory unit

  • ATS2831 Social science research methods

Elective units

  • ATS2819 Personality psychology
  • ATS2260 Developmental psychology: Behaviour across the lifespan
  • ATS2820 Abnormal psychology and behavioural disorders
  • ATS2821 Social psychology
  • ATS3842 Sport psychology
  • ATS3843 Work psychology
  • ATS3844 Forensic psychology
  • ATS3845 Parapsychology
  • ATS3846 People and other animals: A social science perspective

Relevant courses


Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

Double degrees

  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability