HPS121 - Introduction to Psychology: Individual and Social Development


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour class (online) per fortnight
1 x 1 hour seminar (campus) per week
3 x 1 hour Q & A (online) spread throughout trimester

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2 hour class (online) per fortnight
1 x 1 hour seminar (online) per week
3 x 1 hour Q & A (online) spread throughout trimester


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Introductory to Psychology: Individual and Social Development focuses on the science of the human individual in context. Different theoretical perspectives of psychological concepts relating to how we function as individuals in a social world are contrasted and evaluated throughout the unit.

We begin by looking at how we - as both biological and social beings - develop throughout the lifespan as we explore the complex interaction between biological and environmental influences. Various theoretical perspectives are applied to explore what makes up our individual personalities, and how personality is assessed. The impact of psychological disorders on individual and societal wellbeing is considered, and the different therapeutic approaches used to treat these disorders are analysed. We then examine the power of situational, societal, and cultural influences on behaviour.

The Introductory to Psychology: Individual and Social Development teaching team aim to deliver challenging and fascinating psychological concepts in a way that you can apply to your own personal experiences, future study and career. In the class series, the unit will incorporate the content areas into a holistic understanding of the interactions and relationships between the topics, all within the context of psychology as a scientific discipline. The seminar series will enable you to develop real-world applied skills that will help you work through the unit as well as expose you to some of the processes involved in working as an allied health professional. The assessment tasks are designed to help you develop industry-related skills and knowledge.

Students may do the two introductory psychology units in either order or do either unit individually.

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