Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Evita March


This unit considers a range of psychological concepts that have direct application to everyday life and adjustment to the modern world. Topics include stress and health, psychological disorders and therapies, relationships, positive psychology, and behaviour change. Students will be encouraged to apply the topics to their own lives and act as their own case studies. Taking a critical, scientific approach, students also explore 'pop-psychology' and the reasons why most self-help books simply do not work.


In completing this unit students will:

  1. Understand a range of applied psychological concepts
  2. Appreciate the relevance of psychology to the everyday
  3. Realise the means by which individuals can affect positive change in their own lives
  4. Be more critical consumers of pop-psychology and self-help books
  5. Adopt a scientific approach to psychology
  6. Build a foundation upon which to undertake further studies in psychology, counselling and related fields


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

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Online: Recorded lectures and other activities available online, regular participation in online discussion required.