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 faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered by||School of Political and Social Inquiry|
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; health and wellbeing; behaviour change; and the self in digital environments.
The discipline offers an undergraduate program (minor and major) at the Clayton and Caulfield campuses and an honours program at the Caulfield 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.
Students studying a sequence in behavioural studies must complete two units (12 points) from the following:
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:
Students studying a minor or major in behavioural studies must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:
(or prior to 2011 ATS2397/ATS3397 Researching behaviour: Principles and practice)
*This unit is also a compulsory unit for sociology. Students doing minors/majors in both behavioural studies and sociology would need to choose another unit to make up credit points for both. A unit cannot be counted twice towards different minors/majors.
Students completing a major in behavioural studies can also undertake a maximum of 12 points of the following units: