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Undergraduate - Area of Study

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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)Caulfield, Clayton

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • From 2005 the 'behavioural studies programs' offered at Gippsland campus and via off-campus learning were renamed 'psychological studies' - Gippsland students should 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; 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.

Units

First-year level

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

  • ATS1261 Understanding human behaviour
  • ATS1262 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 ATS1261/ATS1262 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 compulsory units
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including the compulsory unit. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

Compulsory unit

(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.

Elective units

Further elective units

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

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts
  • 2552 Diploma of Tertiary Studies

Associate degree

  • 4074 Associate Degree in Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts - at Sunway
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 2396 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

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)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 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
  • 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
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education
  • 4089 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 2131 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing