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  • Objectives
    Equips students with skills in analysing, researching and explaining interactions between people and their environment. For students with a humanities background who are interested in careers comprising Psychology and areas from Arts and Humanities such as Children Studies, Youth Work, Human Services, Disability Studies and Justice. Double Majors disciplines available include: Psychology & English, Psychology & Writing, Psychology & Disability Studies, Psychology & Youth Work, Psychology - Children & Family Studies and Psychology - Women's Studies
  • Entry requirements
    Minimum admission requirements apply to enter this course.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • Course description
    Related careers
    Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Therapist, Youth Worker

    This course is available for on-campus study by students with an International student visa.
    Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) students can study unitsets in the following disciplines as part of this course:

        * Psychology - Children and Family Studies
        * Psychology - Women's Studies
        * Psychology and Writing
        * Psychology and English
        * Psychology and Youth Work
        * Psychology and Disability Studies
        * Therapeutic Practice


    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    Generally, units in this course should be completed in year sequence (i.e., all first year units should be completed before proceeding to second year units, and all second year units should be completed before proceeding to third year units). Prerequisites must be adhered to and each of the research units must be taken in the exact sequence (i.e. PSY1102, PSY2202, PSY3303). Over the course of the degree students may not undertake more than 150 credit points at the first year level.

    Year One
    Unit            Description                                             Points

    SEMESTER 1
    PSY1101    Introduction to Psychology    *                    15
    PSY1111    Psychology: History and Perspectives         15
    Major/Minor/Elective
    Major/Minor/Elective

    SEMESTER 2
    PSY1102    Research Methods in Psychology 1             15
    PSY1204    Social Determinants of Behaviour               15
    Major/Minor/Elective
    Major/Minor/Elective

    Year Two
    Unit            Description                                             Points

    SEMESTER 1
    PSY2301    Learning and Motivation                             15
    PSY2202    Research Methods in Psychology 2             15
    Major/Minor/Elective
    Major/Minor/Elective

    SEMESTER 2
    PSY2231    Developmental Psychology                                          15
    PSY3350    Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception         15
    Major/Minor/Elective
    Major/Minor/Elective

    Year Three
    Unit            Description                                                 Points

    SEMESTER 1
    PSY3303    Research Applications and Ethical Issues         15
    PSY3343    Abnormal Psychology                                        15
    PSY3216    Group Process and Group Management           15
    PSY3211    Cultural Issues in Psychology                           15

    SEMESTER 2  
    PSY2305    Individual Differences                                       15
    PSY3304    Cognition                                                          15
    PSY3246    Systems Consultation                                       15
    PSY3306    Psychology, Community and Work                    15

    *PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology must be successfully completed before undertaking any subsequent units in Psychology, however, this unit can be taken in conjunction with PSY1102 Research Methods in Psychology 1.


    DOUBLE MAJOR, SUPPORTING MAJOR OR MINOR There are a number of optional double majors available for study within the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). These include Counselling, Children and Family Studies, Addiction Studies, Criminology, Disability Studies, Women's Studies, English, Writing and Youth Work. Students undertaking a double major with Psychology will complete 12 core Psychology units as well as the 12 core units in the other major. However, students completing a double major in Psychology and Writing or Psychology and English will complete 16 units of Psychology and eight units of English or Writing. Details of the core units are listed below. The completion of these double majors will be reflected on students' testamur and academic transcript. The Children and Family Studies Major is an option for students with an interest in working in Children's Services. This Major is accredited in Western Australia and New South Wales for employment in childcare/children's services. It includes a set of practica delivered through TAFE which require up-front fees - holders of a Health Care Card are entitled to discounts on TAFE fees. Students studying a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) may choose a Minor, or Supporting Major, from Health and Human Science areas, Social Sciences, Arts or Business. Psychology, with its focus on human behaviour, is ideally suited for study in combination with many other disciplines. There are now psychological specialisations in areas such as Clinical, Forensic and Community, all of which are offered at Master degree level. Psychology also fits well with disciplines such as Philosophy, and has applications in emerging areas such as Marketing, Leisure, and Tourism. Students majoring in Psychology may wish to discuss their Minor and Elective program with the Course Coordinator or Student Support Officer.

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