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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The 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 Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton

Notes

  • A first-year sequence only is offered on the Berwick campus. Berwick students wishing to complete a minor or major in behavioural studies will need to travel to the Clayton or Caulfield campus. From 2005 the 'behavioural studies programs' offered at Gippsland campus and via off-campus learning were renamed 'psychological studies' - refer to the psychological studies entry in this section of the Handbook.

Description

Behavioural studies is a field that is concerned with an exploration of human behaviour in the rapidly changing, and challenging environments of the 21st century. The major draws on historical and emerging insights from sociological, cultural, philosophical, biological and psychological explanations of human behaviours. Behavioural studies promotes a multi-disciplinary orientation to the study of a range of issues including the following: the relationships between the individual and the social; human relationships; theories of personality, identity, self and others; explanations of criminal behaviours; individual development across the life course; conflict and difference; the self in digital environments.

The discipline offers an undergraduate program (minor and major) at the Clayton and Caulfield campuses, an honours program at the Caulfield campus and selected undergraduate units at the Berwick campus.

A major in behavioural studies can play a vital part in preparing students for employment in most areas that involve the understanding, management and direction of human behaviours and relations, particularly in private and public sector areas such as the human services field, management, marketing, communications and media. It can also provide a basis for further studies in social work, education, mind and society, counselling and law.

Units

First-year level

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

  • BHS1711 Understanding human behaviour
  • BHS1712 Introduction to social behaviour

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

Note: Students are not permitted to study both BHS1711/BHS1712 and PSY1011/PSY1022.

Second/Third-year level

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

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below, including all core units
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including all core units. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

Core units

  • BHS2110/BHS3110 Researching behaviour: Principles and practice
  • BHS2490/BHS3490 The self and others: Identity and the experience of difference in the 21st Century (previously: Relationships: You, me, us and them)

Elective units

Further elective units

Students completing a major in behavioural studies can also undertake a maximum of 12 points of the following units:

Units not offered in 2010

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 3784 Diploma in Arts (Behavioural Studies)

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1275 Bachelor of Communication
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 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
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 3909 Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts