Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of theory and research pertaining to the psychology of trauma
  2. Integrate and critically evaluate material across multiple perspectives
  3. Apply current research findings to issues related to the psychology of trauma.
  • Topics
    • Definition, diagnostic history and models of trauma
    • Theories of trauma as applied to specific events/issues
    • Trauma within social contexts
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-PSY20002
  • SWI-PSS280

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


You must also complete two (2) Level 2 subjects in Psychology before starting this subject. Do not enrol into this subject if you have successfully completed PSY20002.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to the nature of trauma, post-trauma responses and the ways in which people recover from trauma. Students will develop an understanding of the concept of traumatic stress from multiple theoretical perspectives.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

  • Assignment 1 - Written (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Test — 6 Online (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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