HCM301 Psychology of Clinical Aesthetics

Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the field of psychology and how it influences and affects our daily lives. It begins by asking the question: what is psychology?

The first half of the unit explores some of the core elements of contemporary psychology. It discusses the relationship between physiology and psychology and explores how psychological traumas and anxiety can manifest themselves physically. It examines the role culture and society play in determining our psychological well-being and considers the factors that influence our emotions, aspirations and motivations, including sex, the desire for self-actualisation (in both our personal and professional lives) and the need to develop and maintain meaningful relationships.

The unit explores a number of specific factors that influence or affect our sense of well-being, such as age, gender and stress. The second half of the unit examines the relationship between psychology and aesthetics and the desire for aesthetic modification. Students will discuss the key types of aesthetic or cosmetic modifications sought by men, women and adolescents and will seek to understand the underlying psychological motivations for such treatments. The unit explores the idea of self and body image and related psychological manifestations such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Finally, the unit examines the potential outcomes of such treatments when those undergoing aesthetic modifications experience negative, unwanted or unintended outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

Graduate Attributes (GA)

In addition to the unit-specific learning outcomes listed above, the following graduate attributes are taught, developed and assessed in varying degrees within this unit:

Key Dates

Week 1 Class commences
Post Week 6 Mid-Semester break
Week 7 Assessment 1: Elevator Pitch Report (20%)
Week 10 Assessment 2: Investment Decision Report and Presentation (40%)
Week 14 Assessment 3: Final Examination (40%)