This unit of study explores the experience of, and adjustment to, a range of life events and transitions including loss, illness, migration, new parenthood and more uncommon traumatic events. The experience of these events is considered in the light of theoretical perspectives about stress, coping and adaptation, trauma and recovery, attachment and social support.

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APP2013 - Psychology 2A

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise the range of psychological experiences associated with certain life events and transitions;  
  2. Critique theoretical perspectives on stress, coping and adaption, trauma and recovery;  
  3. Critically discuss individual, community and cultural difference and the challenges this may pose for psychological theory and practice; and  
  4. Research and present a critical evaluation of specific aspects of human experience and psychological theory.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Essay preparation report (500 words) 10%
Research Paper Written paper and interview transcript or archival records (2000 words) 40%
Examination Examination on theoretical content (90 minutes) 50%

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