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Psychology is a broad discipline that incorporates both the scientific study of human behaviour through biological, psychological and social perspectives and the systematic application of this knowledge to personal and social circumstances in everyday life. VCAL VCE psychology allows students to explore how people think, feel and behave through a biopsychosocial approach. The four main broad questions asked in psychology are, How are behaviour and mental processes shaped? How do external factors influence behaviour and mental processes? How does experience affect behaviour and mental processes? How is wellbeing developed and maintained?

This is one of the more challenging VCAL electives and is an excellent subject for students pursung pathways related to working with people including the areas of: Educational Support, Sports Coaching and Performance, Childcare and Agedcare, Healthcare and  Community Services.

Unit 1     Introduction to Psychology

In this unit, students investigate the structure and functioning of the human brain and the role it plays in the overall functioning of the human nervous system. Students explore brain plasticity and the influence that brain damage may have on a person’s psychological functioning. They consider the complex nature of psychological development, including situations where psychological development may not occur as expected. Students examine the contribution that classical and contemporary studies have made to an understanding of the human brain and its functions, and to the development of different psychological models and theories used to predict and explain the development of thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Unit 2     Self and Others

In this unit, students investigate how perception of stimuli enables a person to interact with the world around them and how their perception of stimuli can be distorted. They evaluate the role social cognition plays in a person’s attitudes, perception of themselves and relationships with others. Students explore a variety of factors and contexts that can influence the behaviour of an individual and groups. They examine the contribution that classical and contemporary research has made to the understanding of human perception and why individuals and groups behave in specific ways.

Career Options

Career Counselling, Neuropsychology, Child Psychology, Organisational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Research, Counselling Psychology, Social Work, Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Family Therapy, Teacher, Forensic Psychology.