This unit examines the major themes in the study and practice of psychology such as human nature, change and development, motivation, learning, emotion, cognition, relationality, memory, personality, social psychology and neuro-psychology. It covers different aspects of the study of human behaviour with a view to developing an understanding of how characteristics of individuals and the people around them can influence behaviour. Consideration is also given to the application of psychological knowledge to everyday life including their own personal growth, Christian values and beliefs and multicultural environments.

Unit code: DZ2010S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Professional Counselling

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Explain how psychological research, theories and principles contribute to an understanding of human development, learning, memory, personality, motivation and social behaviour


Apply concepts from human development, learning, memory, personality, motivation and social psychology to understand and predict behaviour in situations and experiences in everyday life


Critically discuss current events using psychological concepts, principles, theories and research

Unit sequence

Core unit in the advanced Diploma in Counselling


A combination of readings, lectures seminars & on-line resources

Indicative Bibliography

  • Burton, L. J. (2018). Psychology. (5th ed.). Milton, Australia: John Wiley and Sons. (Recommended for purchase)
  • Jackson, S. (2011). Research methods and statistics: a critical thinking approach. (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • Forshaw, M. (2011). Critical Thinking for Psychology: A Student Guide. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Gravetter, F. & Forzano, L. (2011). Research methods for the behavioural sciences. (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • Gray, P., & Bjorklund, D.F. (2014). Psychology of altruism. (7th ed.). New York: Worth.
  • King, L. (2013). The science of psychology: an appreciative view (3rd ed.). Sydney, Australia: McGraw-Hill Humanities.
  • Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Fredrickson B. L., Loftus, G.R., & Lutz, C. (2014). Atkinson & Hilgard’s Introduction to Psychology. (16th ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage.
  • Northey, M., & Timney, B. (2012). Making sense in psychology and life sciences: a student’s guide to writing and style. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Sabates, A. (2012). Social psychology in Christian perspective. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Wieten, W. (2012). Psychology: Themes and variations (9th ed.). Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cengage.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 2000 words

2000 40.0
Case Study

Case Study 1250 words

1250 30.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial 1250 words

1250 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-13 12:54:33 +1100