Unit description

Introduces areas of psychology and sociology relevant to health practitioners. 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: What is health psychology and health sociology?
Topic 2: Doing research in health psychology and sociology
Topic 3: How to enhance learning and behaviour change
Topic 4: The role of personality In an individual’s health
Topic 5: Motivation and individual behaviour
Topic 6: Stress and coping
Topic 7: How Class is relevant to health
Topic 8: How gender is relevant to health
Topic 9: How age is relevant to health
Topic 10: The role of culture and ethnicity in health
Topic 11: Indigenous health in Australia
Topic 12: Mental illness and society

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Germov, J (Ed), 2013, Second Opinion: An introduction to health sociology, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780195588330.
  • Griggs, Richard A., 2014, Psychology: a Concise Introduction, 4th edn, Worth Publishers. ISBN: 9781429298902.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours
Workshop on-site 2 hours
Lecture on-site 2 hours (Weeks 1, 8)
Case study50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours
Workshop on-site 2 hours
Lecture on-site 2 hours (Weeks 1, 8)
Case study50%

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

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