This unit will examine relationship and family wellbeing within broader community and social contexts. It will examine transitions and challenges that couples and families may face, which may include family formation, transition to parenthood, experience of migration, and family conflict and divorce. It will also explore factors that promote resilience when experiencing these challenges. It encourages students to consider possible responses to family and relationship challenges, and ways to reduce these challenges in the future.

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APP2013 - Psychology 2A

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise a range of psychological experiences associated with certain family life transitions and challenges;  
  2. Critique theoretical perspectives on family transitions and challenges, coping and family resilience;  
  3. Critically review initiatives that promote relationship and family wellbeing; and  
  4. Contextualise relationship and family challenges within an ecological framework.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Mini-report on In-class Exercises (500 words) 20%
Assignment Written assignment on a topic of relevance using a family systems or ecological framework (1200 words) 30%
Presentation Group presentation that critiques a family or relationship issue within a prevention framework 30%
Test End of the unit test (90mins) 20%

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