This text is written to the 2004 VCE study design. It provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the course in an accessible format in student friendly language. The material will engage students as key ideas are emphasised with interesting real life examples and supported with relevant research. Activities and questions are placed throughout each chapter to consolidate theory and allow for appropriate pedagogical development of understandings. The text also prepares students to tackle their exams as each chapter contains exam style multiple choice and short answer questions. The text is supported by a teacher CD that contains additional worksheets, glossary activities, multiple choice activities and Empirical Research Activities.