Monash University

Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; 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 2015 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 Social Sciences
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton
CoordinatorDr Roseanne Misajohn


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Behavioural studies is available only as a minor from 2015. Continuing students who commenced at Monash prior to 2015 will be able to complete a major. For further information contact the behavioural studies coordinator.


The minor in behavioural studies has particular focus on social behaviour. It allows students to gain an understanding of human and social behaviour that complements a range of majors and other minors on offer within the Faculty of Arts. The discipline draws on historical and emerging insights from psychological, philosophical, biological and cultural explanations of human behaviour. Many students completing majors in anthropology, criminology, sociology, politics and international relations can benefit from completing a minor in behavioural studies.

The minor allows graduates to develop skills valued by employers, including interpersonal and communication skills, critical reasoning, and analytical and teamwork skills. Graduates will have developed insight into their own behaviour and motivations and those of others making them socially savvy and interpersonally effective employees.


Upon successful completion of the minor, students will be able to:

  • apply their understanding of key concepts in human and social behaviour to real world issues of importance to contemporary society, and critically assess current approaches
  • apply their understanding of knowledge production in behavioural studies in a range of contexts relevant to behavioural studies and the social sciences (e.g. behavioural health interventions and social inclusion programs)
  • critically evaluate the psychological and sociocultural mechanisms underpinning behaviour.


Minor in behavioural studies

Students completing a minorminor ( in behavioural studies must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units ( (12 points):

  • ATS1261 Understanding human behaviour
  • ATS1262 Introduction to social behaviour

For the purposes of a minor in behavioural studies the following first-year level combinations may also be counted as first-year gateway units:

Note: PSY1011 and PSY1022 can be counted towards either psychology or behavioural studies, but not both.

(b.) the following two units:

  • ATS2400 Personality: Beyond the persona
  • ATS3399 The self and others: Identity and the experience of difference in the 21st century

Relevant courses


Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts