Relationship and Family Wellbeing

Unit code: APP3027 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP2013 - Psychology 2A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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 using family ecological theory and family systems theory.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 15%
Mini-Report based on in-class activity (600 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Written assignment on a topic of relevance using a family systems or ecological framework (1200 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 35%
Individual presentation that critiques a family or relationship issue within a prevention framework (5-7 mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
End of the unit test (60mins)

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site .

As part of a course

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