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Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Social Sciences


Caulfield, Clayton

The minor in Behavioural studies has particular focus on social behaviour. Our minor allows for students to gain understandings of human and social behaviour that complement a range of majors on offer within the Bachelor of Arts. The discipline draws on historical and emerging insights from psychological, philosophical, biological and cultural explanations of human behaviour. The minor also provides students with a strong foundation in social research methods. Many students completing majors in Anthropology, Criminology, Sociology, Politics and International relations benefit from completing a minor in Behavioural studies.

The minor allows graduates to develop skills valued by employers, including interpersonal and communication skills, critical reasoning, and analytical and teamwork skills. Our graduates have developed insight into their own behaviour and motivations and those of others making them socially savvy and interpersonally effective employees.


Behavioural studies is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield and Clayton and 0202 Bachelor of Letters at Clayton as a minor.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this minor will be able to:

  • apply an understanding of key concepts in human and social behaviour to real world issues of importance to contemporary society, and critically assess current approaches
  • apply an understanding of knowledge production in behavioural studies in a range of contexts relevant to behavioural studies and the social sciences (e.g. behavioural health interventions and social inclusion programs)
  • critically evaluate the psychological and sociocultural mechanisms underpinning behaviour.


Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 1 gateway* units (12 points):

  • ATS1261 Understanding human behaviour
  • ATS1262 Understanding social behaviour

* Students who have completed one of the following pairs may use them to replace the two gateway units: PSY1011 (Psychology 1A) and ATS1262 (Understanding social behaviour), or PSY1011 (Psychology 1A) and PSY1022 (Psychology 1B). However, PSY1011 and PSY1022 can be counted towards either psychology or behavioural studies, but not to both.

(b.) The following unit (6 points):

  • ATS2400 Personality: Beyond the persona

(c.) One unit (6 points) from the electives listed below.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Relevant courses


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:

  • A2000 Bachelor of Arts
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor by using 24 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts