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Undergraduate | LTU-PSY3PHI-2023

Psychological Health and Illness

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


12 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

  1. Evaluate and integrate knowledge about a range of individual, social and cultural factors that influence psychological health and illness.
  2. Characterise the contributing factors, perspectives, and diagnostic approaches in clinical case studies, including individual differences and culture.
  3. Critically review the literature to produce a sound written argument.
  4. Work cohesively as a group to deliver a professional oral presentation.
  5. Critically analyse different theoretical, clinical, and public health perspectives on psychological health and illness.
    • • Individual, social, and cultural factors that influence psychological health.
    • • Anxiety and depression.
    • • Stress and trauma.
    • • The brain, mind, and mental health.
    • • Addiction.
    • • Relationships between physical and mental health.
    • • Public and population mental health.
  • In this subject you will learn about the biological, social, and psychological factors that influence our psychological health. You will examine definitions and experiences of mental health and illness from a theoretical, clinical, and public health perspective. Concepts such as stigma, diagnostic approaches, and cultural perspectives will be investigated with regards to psychological health and illness. 

    • Group Oral Presentation (5 min per member; 500-word equivalent). (15%)
    • Critical Essay (1500 words). (35%)
    • Exam (2 hours, 2000 words equivalent). (50%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • LAT-PYS-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Psychological Science


  • LAT-TEC-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Information Technology
  • LAT-BUS-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Business
  • LAT-BUS-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Business
  • LAT-ART-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Arts
  • LAT-ART-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Arts
  • LAT-CYS-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Cybersecurity

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

and one of


Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed PSY2ACH (Abnormal, Clinical and Health Psychology) are ineligible to enrol in this subject. Prerequisites: Must have passed subjects PSY2PRM and PSY2DEV.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Bachelor of Information Technology

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Bachelor of Business

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Bachelor of Arts

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Bachelor of Cybersecurity