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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University


Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

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

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

South Africa School of Social Science


Faculty of Arts

South Africa School of Social Science


South Africa

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It is a broad scientific discipline that includes investigations of the brain, learning, memory, reasoning, decision making, language, developmental and social processes, personality, and mental health and well-being. It is also concerned with practical and ethical applications of psychological research to the profession. The Psychology major is research-led and based on the scientist-practitioner model of education whereby you will learn about psychology within a scientific perspective.

This major and minor in psychology is suitable for students who have an interest in psychology or for whom the study of psychology complements their other expertise. (Note: It is not the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited pathway to becoming a specialist psychologist in Australia.)


Psychology is offered in the Bachelor of Social Science at Monash South Africa as a major or minor.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

1. describe and discuss theories and research in the core discipline areas of psychology - perception, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, language, social and biological bases of behaviour, abnormal psychology, lifespan development, individual differences, history and philosophy of psychology, testing, assessment, intercultural and indigenous psychology

2. describe and discuss the ethical standards and legislative frameworks governing research and practice in psychology, and demonstrate an appreciation of the role of ethics in maintaining the integrity of the profession


Extended major requirements (60 points)

No more than 12 points may be at level 1 and at least 24 points must be completed at level 3.

Students complete:

a. Two level 1 units (12 points):

  • AZA1019 Psychology: Introduction 1A
  • AZA1020 Psychology: Introduction 1B

b. Four level 2 units (24 points):

  • AZA2015 Biological and cognitive psychology
  • AZA2455 Child and adult development
  • AZA2490 Research assessment
  • AZA2495 Social and community psychology

c. Four level 3 units (24 units):

You are encouraged to also consider the following elective units to extend your knowledge of applications of psychology.

  • AZA2460 Industrial and organisational psychology
  • AZA3360 Psychotherapy and counselling

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points may be credited to the minor at level 1.

Students complete:

a. Two level 1 units (12 points):

  • AZA1019 Psychology: Introduction 1A
  • AZA1020 Psychology: Introduction 1B

b. Two additional units (12 points) listed under the major.

Relevant courses

Successful completion of the minor or extended major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor by using 24 points of their free electives.

* Students cannot complete both the minor and extended major in the same area of study.