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Bachelor of Psychological and Social Sciences

Approved Abbreviation: B Psy and SocSci


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1910.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 107229A


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.

For Commencement Year 2015 to 2021 - please refer to 1711.2 - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

For Commencement Year 2014 - please refer to 1711.1 - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

The Bachelor of Psychological and Social Sciences provides the core accredited sequence in Psychology. Psychology is the field of inquiry that applies scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain individuals’ behaviours and experiences. As a discipline, it involves the application of psychological knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour.

This Psychology program includes exciting topics of study such as, personality, psychological disorders, health and well-being, learning and memory, cognition, language and perception, motivation and emotion, neuroscience and the biological bases of behaviour, developmental and social psychology. The knowledge and skills learnt through this degree will prepare graduates for a broad range of careers and study options.

In addition to key studies in Psychology, students will also undertake a set number of units in Social Sciences to develop complementary knowledge and skills including studies in sociology, geography and urban studies, criminology and human welfare.

Western Sydney University Online students: Please refer to Western Sydney University Online website for Course Advice.

https://online.westernsydney.edu.au/

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time. (Note: Bankstown/Liverpool students enrolled in this course will be required to attend both Bankstown (Psychology units) and Liverpool (Social Science units) campuses in order to complete this course).

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdvicePsychology-UG-ACA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above
WSU OnlineFull TimeOnline See above
WSU OnlinePart TimeOnline See above

Accreditation
his course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) on the basis that it meets all the APAC Accreditation Standards.

Admission

UAC entry: A competitive ATAR; or equivalent rank (using non-proximate indicators of success) for school leavers and non-recent school leavers.

Western Sydney University Online students: Prospective online students apply for admission to this course directly through WSU Online. A student’s eligibility will be assessed according to the existing admission criteria.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office. International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

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

Students must enrol in and complete

  • 140 credit points of Psychology Core units
  • 20 credit points of Psychology Alternate units
  • 40 credit points of Social Sciences Core units
  • 40 credit point Social Sciences sub-major

Recommended Sequence - Bankstown/Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith campuses

Note: Bankstown/ Liverpool students enrolled in this course will be required to attend both Bankstown (Psychology units) and Liverpool (Social Science units) campuses in order to complete this course.

Recommended Full-time Sequence - On-campus

Start Year Entry

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
102906Personality
101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

Spring session

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
101190Introduction to Research Methods
102815Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies
102170People, Place and Social Difference

Year 2

Autumn session

100013Experimental Design and Analysis
101680Perception
101684Brain and Behaviour

One Psychology Alternate or Social Science Sub-major unit

Spring session

101678Motivation and Emotion
101676Human Learning
101683Social Psychology

One Psychology Alternate or Social Science Sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

101689Advanced Research Methods
101682Developmental Psychology

Two Psychology Alternate or Social Science Sub-major units

Spring session

101681Abnormal Psychology
101677Cognitive Processes

Two Psychology Alternate or Social Science Sub-major units

Recommended Full-time Sequence - On campus

Mid-Year Entry

Year 1

Spring

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
101190Introduction to Research Methods
102815Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies
102170People, Place and Social Difference

Autumn

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
102906Personality
101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

Year 2

Spring

101678Motivation and Emotion
101676Human Learning
101683Social Psychology

One Psychology Alternate or Social Science Sub-major unit

Autumn

100013Experimental Design and Analysis
101680Perception
101684Brain and Behaviour

One Psychology Alternate or Social Science Sub-major unit

Year 3

Spring

101681Abnormal Psychology
101677Cognitive Processes

Two Psychology Alternate or Social Science Sub-major units

Autumn

101689Advanced Research Methods
101682Developmental Psychology

Two Psychology Alternate or Social Science Sub-major unit

Psychology Flexible Alternate Unit Pool

101182Behaviour and Environment
101193Health Psychology
102350Psychology and the Online World
100023Psychology of Language
102399Psychology, Crime and Law
102606Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness, Resilience and Wellbeing

Sub-majors

Bankstown/Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith campus students must select from one of the following sub-majors

Note: Not all sub-majors are available on all campuses. Please check availability.

Social Science Sub-majors

SM1099Child and Community
SM1091Criminology and Criminal Justice
SM1093Geography and Urban Studies
SM1097Heritage and Tourism
SM1148Indigenous Studies
SM1102Peace and Development Studies
SM1147Social Research
SM1094Sociology

Recommended Sequence - Western Sydney University Online

Start Year Entry

Full-time

Year 1

Trimester 1

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
102906Personality
101551Understanding Society

Trimester 2

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
101190Introduction to Research Methods
102815Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies

Trimester 3

100013Experimental Design and Analysis
101684Brain and Behaviour
101557The Individual in Society

Year 2

Trimester 4

101680Perception
101678Motivation and Emotion
102170People, Place and Social Difference

Trimester 5

101683Social Psychology
101677Cognitive Processes
101676Human Learning

Trimester 6

101682Developmental Psychology
101689Advanced Research Methods
101681Abnormal Psychology

Year 3

Trimester 7

Two Pyschology Alternate units

One Social Sciences Sub-major unit

Or

Two Social Sciences Sub-major units

One Psychology Alternate unit

Trimester 8

Two Psychological Alternate units

One Social Sciences Sub-major unit

Or

Two Social Sciences Sub-major units

One Psychology Alternate unit

Social Science Sub-majors

SM1099Child and Community
SM1091Criminology and Criminal Justice
SM1093Geography and Urban Studies
SM1097Heritage and Tourism
SM1148Indigenous Studies
SM1102Peace and Development Studies
SM1147Social Research
SM1094Sociology


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