Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Psychology of Adjustment

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit examines the adjustment process in normal individuals. It combines lectures, discussion and small group interaction. Theoretical perspectives will be presented and discussed, but the primary focus of the unit will be the application of theory and research to the everyday context. The study-unit will also examine the adjusting/coping behaviour/growth of the individual in various aspects of life situations. All individuals face challenges associated with adjustment, the efforts people make to meet the demands of everyday life.

Knowledge and Understanding
Upon successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

- gain insight into how psychologists from different fields conceptualize adjustment;
- develop an understanding of the theory and research in psychology relevant to the issues of adjustment in today’s complex world;
- develop an understanding how the self influences adjustment;
- desctibe the challenges of the lifecycle;
- explain how social factors influence adjustment;
- identify and explain the interaction of biological, psychological and environmental factors to the understanding of the concepts of stress and coping;
- demonstrate the ability to distinguish between functional and dysfunctional behaviour;
- demonstrate how adjustment is related to a variety of topics in the human sciences.

Tentative Study-unit Outline:

- Topic1: The nature of Adjustment and Personality
- Topic 2: Stress and Coping
- Topic 3: Gender and Sexuality
- Topic 4: Interpersonal communication
- Topic 5: Careers and Work
- Topic 6: Love and Intimacy
- Topic 7: Marriage, Family and Adult Lifestyles
- Topic 8: Development and Aging
- Topic 9: Physical and Mental Health
- Topic 10:Therapies and Health
- Topic 11 (tutorials) Post traumatic growth

Required Text:

- Halonen, J. & Santrock, J. (1997). Human adjustment. Madison: Brown and Benchmark.

Reading list:

- Feldman, R.S. (1989). Adjustment: applying psychology in a complex world. US: McGraw Hill.
- Rathus, S. & Nevid, J. (1999). Adjustment and growth: the challenges of life. NY: Harecourt Brace.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to students with Psychology as an area of study.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
MCQ and Written Examination SEM1 Yes 100%


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