Welcome to 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. The major draws on historical and emerging insights from sociological, cultural, philosophical, biological and psychological explanations of human behaviours.

Behavioural Studies promotes a multi-disciplinary orientation to the study of a range of issues including the following: 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 self in digital environments.

The program offers undergraduate studies (minor, major) at the Clayton and Caulfield campuses, as well as an Honours program at the Caulfield campus.

A major in Behavioural Studies can play a vital part in preparing students for employment in most 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. It can also provide a basis for further studies in social work, education, mind and society, counselling and law.


  • Dr Kerry O’Brien, from the School of Social Sciences, is currently heading an international study on discrimination against obese women in the workplace. The study has found that obese women are more likely to be discriminated against when applying for jobs and receive lower starting salaries than their non-overweight colleagues. The findings were recently published in the International ... Read more