Behavioural Studies

At Monash the field of Behavioural Studies is concerned with an exploration of human behaviour in the rapidly changing, and challenging environments of the 21st century. Behavioural Studies explores contemporary understandings of health, quality of life, social inclusion and resilience, drawing from a range of subfields in psychology, sociology and anthropology.

Teaching Program

The minor in Behavioural Studies provides a multi-disciplinary orientation to the study of a range of issues including: the relationships between the individual and the social; human relationships; theories of personality, identity, self and others; explanations of criminal behaviours; individual development across the lifecourse; conflict and difference.

The program is offered as a minor at undergraduate studies level.

Taken alongside one of the other majors in Social Sciences (Anthropology, Criminology, International Relations, Politics or Sociology) a minor in Behavioural Studies plays a vital part in preparing students for employment areas that involve the understanding, management and direction of human behaviours and relations: particularly in private and public sector areas such as the human services field, management, marketing, communications and media.


Undergraduate studies

Graduate studies

To see the full list of undergraduate and graduate (coursework and research) courses within the School of Social Sciences, see our course page.


The team of researchers in Behavioural Studies at Monash are leaders in their field, with strengths in the following areas.

  • Health and well-being
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Social cohesion
  • Security
  • Terrorism
  • Popular culture


Staff in Behavioural Studies are part of the Sociology and Anthropology program at Monash. View all staff.

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