Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Criminology)

Expand your perspective. Discover how psychology informs our understanding of crime and its causes in society. By doing so you will put yourself on the pathway to becoming a registered psychologist. Or you can move into other roles within law enforcement and justice, rehabilitation or criminal law policy development.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Criminology) positions psychology in its social science context. Counting as a full undergraduate sequence in psychology – and the first step to becoming a practising psychologist – you’ll learn to view criminology through a psychological lens.

Explore the psychological and social issues at play in criminal behaviour. You’ll weave back and forth between psychology and criminology units, many of which will speak to one another in meaningful ways.

Upon completing the course, you’ll have the option to continue your training in psychology, moving onto your fourth year of accredited psychology studies (for example, with Western Sydney University’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology), and your subsequent provisional registration as a psychologist.

This online course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), providing a foundation for psychology and behavioural studies and a pathway to continue your training in psychology towards registration as a psychologist.

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Start Date

Feb, May, Sep

Qualification

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years full time or 6 years part time

Units

24

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Entry Criteria

Entry criteria

There are many ways you can gain entry into a degree through Western Sydney University Online. We accept any one of the following, provided you meet the minimum requirements relating to that criteria:

  • Cert IV, in any field
  • Completion or partial completion of tertiary study
  • Work experience, in any industry (assessed on a case by case basis)
  • Completion of Year 12 HSC (or equivalent), with a minimum required ATAR
  • Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Western Sydney University’s Inherent Requirements

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Course Units

You have the option of studying either full-time or part-time. The choice is yours, depending on how much time you have to study in your week. It’s worth setting aside at least 10 hours of study time per week for each of your units.

Common core Social Science units

The Individual in Society

Understanding Society

People, Place and Social Difference

Working with Communities

Psychology units

Psychology: Human Behaviour

Psychology: Behavioural Science

Experimental Design and Analysis

Perception

Brain and Behaviour

Motivation and Emotion

Human Learning

Social Psychology

Advanced Research Methods

Developmental Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Cognitive Processes

Criminology units

Crime, Deviance and Society

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Perspectives in Criminology

Gender, Crime and Violence

Crime Prevention and Drugs

Youth Justice and Practice

Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

Crime, Media, Culture

Support

We are here to support you when you need it. Our dedicated support team are available over the phone or online seven days a week to answer all your questions. From technical support through to academic questions, we have the tools and people to make your study journey achievable and enjoyable.

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Career Opportunities

Psychologist

This bachelor degree fulfils the undergraduate requirement for aspiring psychologists, opening a pathway to becoming a psychologist, following the Australian Psychological Society’s pathway to General Registration.

Case Worker

Provide advice, direction and services that will assist in the transition of men and women from prison into life.

Researcher/Analyst

Compile data and analyse trends in the area of criminal and community justice.

Policy Advisors and Analysts

Collect and analyse data to help develop evidence-based policies. Guiding the design and implementation of government policies within local communities.

Learning at Western Sydney University Online

A unique opportunity

Our Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Criminology) is a degree from a university ranked among the top 2% in the world. Unique in its scope and course content, you have the opportunity to gain a valuable psychological perspective on criminology, while simultaneously taking your first step towards becoming a practicing psychologist.

A network of fellow learners

At Western Sydney University Online, you will join an online community of students committed to exploring the intersection of psychology and criminology. Taught by specially trained online coaches, this degree has been designed to put you on the pathway to becoming a registered psychologist. While also opening doors to a wide range of careers related to criminology, in which a psychological perspective will prove invaluable.

Learning that suits you

Our flexible approach to learning means you can log on and learn any time that suits you. When you study online with us, you will be the master of your own schedule in an innovative online classroom.