PSY549 Building Personal Resilience (2)

This subject introduces students to the concept of resilience. It will explore how resilience is different to recovery, and that there are multiple and sometimes unexpected pathways to resilience. Students will learn about models of stress, trauma, and coping, and factors that predict resilience. The subject highlights the importance of coping and positively adapting to stressful life experiences. Students will explore the three features from scientific resilience discourse: recovery, sustainability, and growth.


Micro Session 2 (32)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY549. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define the concept of resilience;
  • be able to describe the different pathways to resilience;
  • be able to critically evaluate models of resilience and the factors that may predict resilience; and
  • be able to describe the role of recovery, sustainability, and growth in resilience.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Models of resilience
  • Difference between resilience and recovery
  • Factors that predict resilience
  • Recovery, sustainability and growth

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY549 in Micro 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Personal reflection
Resilience journal

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.