Course

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Criminology)

Approved Abbreviation: BSocSc(Psy&Crim)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1886.1

AQF Level: 7

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Criminology) combines broad-based studies in the social sciences, a major in criminology and an undergraduate sequence in psychology that is a foundation for anyone wishing to go on to further study to become a psychologist. Psychology is the field of inquiry that uses scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain behaviour and experience. As a profession, it involves the application of psychological knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour. The criminology major affords students the opportunity to study crime and criminal justice in a critical way that stresses social and cultural definitions of criminality and the reactions to it. Areas of focus include criminal justice institutions and practices; the development of criminology as a discipline and its various strands; forms and patterns of victimisation; crime prevention strategies and debates; aspects of juvenile justice; First Peoples and criminal justice; the evolution of prisons and different forms of punishment; law enforcement and surveillance; violence, gender and crime; cultural depictions of crime and contemporary debates in criminology. This degree equips students with the interdisciplinary and specialist skills and knowledge that a new graduate would need on entering the workforce or proceeding to advanced study.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
WSU Online

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
WSU OnlineFull TimeOnline See above
WSU OnlinePart TimeOnline See above

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) on the basis that it meets all the APAC Accreditation Standards (June 2010) for a three year sequence of study in psychology.

Admission

Students apply for admission to this course directly through WSU Online. Eligibility will be assessed on the basis of a competitive ATAR or equivalent rank (using non-proximate indicators of success) for school leavers and non-recent school leavers.

Course Structure

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Year 1

Trimester 1

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society
101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
102039Crime, Deviance and Society

Trimester 2

100013Experimental Design and Analysis
101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
102170People, Place and Social Difference
102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

Trimester 3

102708Crime Prevention and Drugs
101680Perception
101684Brain and Behaviour
101677Cognitive Processes

Year 2

Trimester 4

101900Working with Communities
101676Human Learning
102699Youth Justice and Practice
101681Abnormal Psychology

Trimester 5

101682Developmental Psychology
102037Perspectives in Criminology
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

Choose one of

102711Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice
102916First Peoples and Criminal Justice

Note: from 2022 this unit replaces 102712 First Peoples and Criminal Justice

Trimester 6

101689Advanced Research Methods
101683Social Psychology
101678Motivation and Emotion
102710Crime, Media, Culture

Part-time

Year 1

Trimester 1

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

Trimester 2

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

Trimester 3

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
102039Crime, Deviance and Society

Year 2

Trimester 4

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

Trimester 5

101684Brain and Behaviour
101680Perception

Trimester 6

101676Human Learning
100013Experimental Design and Analysis

Year 3

Trimester 7

102708Crime Prevention and Drugs
101677Cognitive Processes

Trimester 8

102699Youth Justice and Practice
101681Abnormal Psychology

Trimester 9

101682Developmental Psychology

Choose one of

102711Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice
102916First Peoples and Criminal Justice

Note: from 2022 this unit replaces 102712 First Peoples and Criminal Justice

Year 4

Trimester 10

101689Advanced Research Methods
101678Motivation and Emotion

Trimester 11

102037Perspectives in Criminology
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

Trimester 12

102710Crime, Media, Culture
101683Social Psychology


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