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Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

Approved Abbreviation: B PsySc&Crim


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1906.1

AQF Level: 7

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2022 or later.

Psychology develops students’ scientific knowledge and skills to understand and explain human behaviour and experience. Students will comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology. Areas of study include: history and philosophy of psychology, individual differences in behaviour and personality, psychological health and well-being, psychological disorders and intervention, learning and memory, cognition, language and perception, motivation and emotion, neuroscience and the biological bases of behaviour, lifespan developmental psychology, social psychology, research methods and statistics.

The criminology major offers students the opportunity to study crime and criminal justice in a critical way that particularly 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.

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

Course Advice

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WSU Online
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

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.

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

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

All students must enrol in and complete:

  • 140 credit points of Psychology core units
  • 20 credit points of Psychology alternate units (to be determined in consultation with WSU Online)
  • 80 credit points of Criminology and Criminal Justice major units

Full-time

Year 1

Trimester 1

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
102039Crime, Deviance and Society
101190Introduction to Research Methods

One Psychology alternate unit

Trimester 2

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
102906Personality
102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

One Psychology alternate unit

Trimester 3

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

Year 2

Trimester 4

101676Human Learning
102699Youth Justice and Practice
101681Abnormal Psychology
100013Experimental Design and Analysis

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

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
102039Crime, Deviance and Society

Trimester 2

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

Trimester 3

101190Introduction to Research Methods

One Psychology alternate unit

Year 2

Trimester 4

101684Brain and Behaviour
101680Perception

Trimester 5

102906Personality

One Psychology alternate unit

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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