Unit description

Introduces areas of psychology and sociology relevant to health and wellbeing. Provides the theoretical underpinning required to achieve understanding of the dynamics of human behaviour and the structure of the social world. Major paradigms and methodological approaches will be presented in order to encourage an awareness of how these disciplines apply theory and research methodology.

Unit content

Topic 1: The evolution of psychology and sociology 
Topic 2: Research methods in psychology and sociology 
Topic 3: The biological bases of behaviour 
Topic 4: Learning and behaviour change 
Topic 5: Personality and motivation 
Topic 6: Stress, coping and health 
Topic 7: Class and health 
Topic 8: Gender and health 
Topic 9: Age and health 
Topic 10: Culture, ethnicity and health 
Topic 11: Indigenous health 
Topic 12: Mental health

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: open book30%
Critical review20%
Online Exam30%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: open book30%
Critical review20%
Online Exam30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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