behavioural-studies/ug-arts-behavioural-studies

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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any 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.

Description

In behavioural studies, we apply theory and empirical research to questions around human behaviour in the 21st century. With a particular focus on social behaviour, we offer studies in: identity development, health psychology, personality, multiculturalism, alcohol and drug use, criminal behaviour, quality of life, social identity, terrorism, social media and the Internet. The discipline draws on historical and emerging insights from psychological, philosophical, biological and cultural explanations of human behaviour.

A major in behavioural studies ensures graduates develop the skills most valued by employers, including interpersonal and communication skills, critical reasoning, and analytical and teamwork skills. Behavioural studies' unique graduate attribute is 'emotional intelligence'. Our graduates have developed insight into their own behaviour and motivations and those of others making them socially savvy and interpersonally effective employees.

This discipline offers an undergraduate program at the Clayton and Caulfield campuses and honours and postgraduate programs at the Caulfield campus.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will be able to:

  • apply their understanding of key concepts in human and social behaviour to real world issues of importance to contemporary society, and critically assess current approaches
  • apply their understanding of knowledge production in behavioural studies in a range of contexts relevant to behavioural studies (e.g. behavioural health interventions and social inclusion programs)
  • critically evaluate theories and evidence of the psychological and sociocultural mechanisms underpinning behaviour
  • offer and test creative solutions to contemporary real world problems by using inquiry-based empirical research methods
  • apply principles of ethics in conducting research involving human participants.

Units

Minor in behavioural studies

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in behavioural studies must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1261 Understanding human behaviour
  • ATS1262 Introduction to social behaviour

(b.) additional elective units from List A only (12 points)

Major in behavioural studies

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in behavioural studies must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1261 Understanding human behaviour
  • ATS1262 Introduction to social behaviour

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

Note: PSY1011 and PSY1022 can be counted towards either psychology or behavioural studies, but not to both.

(b.) one second-year cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points):

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3003 Applied behavioural studies
  • ATS3852 Contemporary issues in social science research**

(d.) additional elective units from List A and List B (24 points). No more than two units (12 points) can be completed from List B.

A minimum of three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level.

Note: Students can take the remaining capstone unit as an elective.

* This unit is also a cornerstone unit for criminologycriminology (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/aos/criminology/ug-arts-criminology.html) and sociologysociology (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/aos/sociology/ug-arts-sociology.html). Students doing majors in both behavioural studies along with a major in one of these areas need to choose a different cornerstone unit for each major. A unit cannot be counted twice towards different majors.

** This unit is also a capstone unit for anthropologyanthropology (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/aos/anthropology/ug-arts-anthropology.html), criminologycriminology (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/aos/criminology/ug-arts-criminology.html) and sociologysociology (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/aos/sociology/ug-arts-sociology.html). Students doing a major in behavioural studies along with a major in one of these areas need to choose a different capstone unit for each major. A unit cannot be counted twice towards different majors.

Extended major in behavioural studies

Students completing an extended major in behavioural studies (60 points), must complete an additional 12 points of third-year level elective units from List A or List B.

Elective units

List A

  • ATS2400 Personality: Beyond the persona
  • ATS3398 The criminal mind
  • ATS3399 The self and others: Identity and the experience of difference in the 21st Century

List B

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 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
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4426 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science
  • 4644 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts