ATS1262 - Understanding social behaviour - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Paul Mason

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to range of key issues regarding human behaviour in its social context. Contemporary understandings of health, quality of life, social inclusion, and resilience are explored, while introducing students to concepts and theories relating to the self and social interactions. The unit takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from a range of subfields in psychology (e.g. social, cross-cultural and health psychology) as well as other disciplines within the social sciences (e.g. sociology and anthropology).


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of some of the contemporary issues regarding human behaviour in the social context.
  2. A broad appreciation of the psychological and socio-cultural mechanisms underpinning understandings of the self and interactions with others.
  3. The ability to differentiate between evidence, interpretation, opinion and fact in evaluating these theories and concepts.
  4. The ability to communicate their understanding of these theories and concepts in relation to current social issues.


Within semester assessment: 70%

Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


GSC1712, ATS1360, BHS1712, PSS1712