Karen Marangio, Monash University
It’s an exciting and significant time for psychology in Australia. The introduction of this study to Queensland brings it in line with all other Australian states and territories except New South Wales, which is now the only jurisdiction not to offer psychology as a university entrance subject.
When offered, psychology is consistently one of the most popular subjects for final-year studies in Australia. Learning psychology appeals to students, and has the potential to build their capabilities to enhance their lives, their future careers and their communities – the very essence of what education should be about.
The enormous challenges we’ve faced, and continue to face, makes psychology even more relevant for students. Offering psychology education, and valuing it through inclusion in the Australian curriculum, will equip them to understand and cope with inevitable changes in the future.