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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)


This unit examines the theoretical, conceptual and philosophical foundations and historical underpinnings of psychology. Under the supervision of a member of staff students will complete a major essay that addresses an issue of conceptual and theoretical importance to contemporary psychology. The essay may take a number of forms including: an evaluation of the value of a particular theory or set of theories, the analysis of a problem associated with the criteria used to evaluate theories, the evaluation the adequacy of a particular concept in psychology, or an examination of philosophical issues such as the mind-body problem and theories of explanation.


On completion of unit this students will:

  1. have further understanding of the theoretical foundations of modern psychology;
  2. have gained an appreciation of the basics of theory formation in psychology;
  3. be able to critically review and analyse the scientific literature in, and theoretical basis to, current issues in psychology;
  4. be able to formulate well-formed arguments based theoretical and conceptual issues;
  5. be proficient in the use of a variety of internet and library search procedures; and
  6. be able to write up scientific work in a potentially publishable format.


Essay (5000-6000 words): 100%


Completed Bachelors Degree and a major sequence in psychology approved by the Australian Psychological Society or qualification assessed as equivalent by the Australian Psychological Society, with a distinction average for third year psychology units


PSY4230, PSY4240, PSY4250, PSY4260, PSY4507, PSY4508, PSY4509, PSY4512