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.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It is a broad scientific discipline that includes investigations of the brain, learning, memory, reasoning, decision making, language, developmental and social processes, personality, and mental health and well-being. It is also concerned with the practical and ethical applications of psychological research to the profession.
The psychology major is research-led and based on the scientist-practitioner model of education whereby you will learn about professional practice within a scientific perspective. You will then able to make informed choices about psychology-related careers and about further training at the fourth year and postgraduate level, both being required to practice as a psychologist in Australia.
If you are studying in an APAC-accredited course, you may complete the ten unit (60 point) extended major, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and intended for those who wish to specialise in psychology. This option provides a pathway to further study in psychology and to the training required to practise as a psychologist in Australia.
Alternatively you may complete an eight-unit (48 point) major in psychology, which will be sufficient to satisfy the requirements for a major in the 'Relevant courses' listed below. This option is for students who do not wish to become registered psychologists but have an interest in psychology or for whom the study of psychology complements their other expertise.
Students completing a relevant course with a 60-point APAC-accredited major sequence in psychology are eligible to apply for entry to a fourth year in psychology through an honours year or equivalent. Refer to the psychology honourspsychology honours (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/aos/politics/hons-arts-psychology.html) entry in this Handbook.
Psychology is listed as a minor, major or APAC-accredited extended major (10 unit, 60 points) in the Bachelor of Arts at Clayton, in the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences at Malaysia, in the Bachelor of Science at Clayton and Malaysia, and in the Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) and the Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Clayton.
In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:
1. describe and discuss theories and research in the core discipline areas of psychology - perception, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, language, social and biological bases of behaviour, abnormal psychology, lifespan development, individual differences, history and philosophy of psychology, testing, assessment, intercultural and indigenous psychology
2. describe and discuss the ethical standards and legislative frameworks governing research and practice in psychology, and demonstrate an appreciation of the role of ethics in maintaining the integrity of the profession.
No more than 12 points may be credited to the minor at level one.
a. Two level 1 units (12 points):
b. Two level 2 units (12 points):
No more than 12 points may be at level 1 and at least 18 points must be completed at level 3.
a. The requirements for the minor in psychology (24 points)
b. Four units (24 points) from the elective list below, with at least 18 points at level 3
Students completing an accredited course with a 60-point APAC-accredited major sequence in psychology are eligible to apply for entry to a fourth year in psychology through an honours year or equivalent.
No more than 24 points at level 1 may be credited to the extended major and at least 24 points must be at level 3.
a. Two level 1 units (12 points):
b. Three level 2 units (18 points):
c. Four level 3 units (24 points):
d. One level 2 or 3 unit (6 points) from the elective list below
All units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.
Offerings of elective units may vary from year to year.
* Students at Malaysia must choose from those electives with an asterisk (*).
Monash also offers APAC-accredited studies in the specialisation of:
Psychological science is only available in the following specialist courses:
Successful completion of the minor, major or extended major in psychology can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*
Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.
Note: Monash University anticipates publishing a list of double degrees accredited for completion of the APAC-accredited 60-point extended major in psychology by early 2016.
Successful completion of the minor or 48-point major in psychology can be counted towards meeting the requirements for either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the following double degrees:*
*Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.
** Psychology can only be counted towards meeting the requirements of one of the single degrees in this double degree course.