Human Behaviour

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Behaviour

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides a broad, holistic interdisciplinary framework for considering the key concepts and issues in the understanding of human behaviour at the individual, group, organisational, community and societal levels. It serves as an introduction to the degree by providing an overall theoretical and problem-oriented framework which can serve as an integrative foundation for later studies which focus on working in the human services. The course focuses on the following central question: what approaches and perspectives can be taken to understand the range of human behaviour.
    Course Aims
    The aim of this course - 1015HSV Human Behaviour - is to equip students with a general understanding of the broad scope of psychological, sociological and biological theories that help explain the behaviour of human beings. Human services workers can use this knowledge to gain insight into the factors influencing the behaviour of an individual. Applying this insight in the workplace will allow human services professionals to design appropriate programs and interventions for their clients. Students who successfully complete this course should be able to describe and explain basic biological, psychological and sociological elements and theories linked to human behaviour. They should also be able to understand and analyse how these theories can be applied in assessing human behaviour. In addition, they should be competent to explain the interaction between the individual and various levels of society in terms of themes such as community, culture, ecology and health. Finally, they should have developed a mindset of rigour and healthy scepticism when applied to research and literature in the area of Social Work and Human Services.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe biological influences on human behaviour.
    2 Describe social influences on human behaviour.
    3 Describe psychological influences on human behaviour.
    4 Discuss the contribution of nature and nurture as determinants of human behaviour.
    5 Integrate relevant research literature in explanations of human behaviour.
    6 Explain specific observable behaviours from biological, social, and psychological perspectives.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Exam - selected response
    Mid-semester test


    Assignment - Written Assignment


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    End of semester exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.