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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (normally 24 subjects).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) course is a platform to further study in the field of psychology.

This three-year course is the same as the first three years of the Bachelor of Psychology, but the entry requirements are not as high. Students must complete a minimum of 13 core psychology subjects.

In addition, students take up to five additional psychology subjects as electives (see below), and must choose a six-subject minor from a cognate discipline. It is important that minors and subjects are chosen in consultation with the Course Coordinator to ensure course requirements are met.

Transfer to further study

Students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) who meet certain eligibility criteria [PDF] in third year will be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.

Residential schools

Students studying by distance education must attend compulsory residential schools for some subjects.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is a three year degree, comprising 24 subjects:

  • 13 core psychology subjects (8 points each);
  • a minor of six subjects from a cognate discipline (48 points in total), one of which must be a Level 3 subject;
  • two compulsory sociology subjects (8 points each); and
  • three electives (8 points each).

Core Level 1 to 3 Subjects

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Enquiry*
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing*
PSY208 Biopsychology
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*

and at least three of the following subjects, one of which must be either PSY307 or PSY308 (it is recommended that students complete four of these subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives).

PSY303 Psychology of Language*
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning*
* Students studying by distance education attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

Compulsory Sociology Subjects

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality

Students must take a minor of six subjects, at least one of which must be at Level 3, in one of the discipline areas listed below:

  • Management (Faculty of Business)
  • Human Resource Management (Faculty of Business)
  • Justice Studies
  • Communication
  • Marketing (Faculty of Business)
  • Social Welfare
  • English
  • History and Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Information Technology (Faculty of Business)
  • Statistics (Faculty of Business)

Note: Students who choose sociology as a minor complete four sociology subjects (one of which must be a Level 3 subject) in addition to the two compulsory sociology subjects (SOC101 and SOC102 ; they will need to choose five electives to bring the total number of subjects up to 24.

Details of the subjects included in each of these minors may be obtained from psychadmin@csu.edu.au. On-campus students may have to complete some or all subjects in their chosen minor by distance education mode. Students may take any six subjects from one of the areas listed provided they meet the prerequisites/assumed knowledge requirements and include at least one Level 3 subject. A minor in another discipline may be taken with the approval of the Course Coordinator: email psychadmin@csu.edu.au

Electives

The three electives (five if the minor is in Sociology) can be chosen from any of the discipline areas listed above or from the following psychology electives:
PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
PSY211 Psychology of Crime
PSY214 Health Psychology
PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
PSY219 Psychology International Experience
PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System

Key Subjects

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods

Enrolment pattern

On campus

Year 1

Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Enquiry
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
SOC102 Social Inequality
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 2

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3

Students must complete PSY301 PSY309 and at least three of the core Level 3 psychology subjects listed below, one of which must be either PSY307 or PSY308. Note: it is recommended that students complete four of these psychology subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives.

PSY303 Language and Subjectivity
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Distance education

Year 1

Session 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
SOC101 Introductory Sociology

Session 2

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
SOC102 Social Inequality

Year 2

Session 1

PSY202 Developmental Psychology
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2

PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Enquiry (residential school)
[ ] Minor or Elective

Year 3

Session 1

[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology

Year 4

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (residential school)
PSY204 Psychological Testing (residential school)

Session 2

[ ] Minor or Elective
[ ] Minor or Elective

Years 5-6

Students must complete PSY301 PSY309 and at least three of the core Level 3 psychology subjects listed below, one of which must be either PSY307 or PSY308. Note: it is recommended that students complete four of these psychology subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives.

PSY303 Language and Subjectivity (residential school) (Session 2)
PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 2)
PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
PSY308 Psychology of Learning (residential school) (Session 1)

Year 5

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (residential school)
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods (residential school)
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Year 6

Session 1

[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Session 2

[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
[ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a three year sequence of study in psychology.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Bathurst; Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years full-time on campus
6 years part-time on campus
6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

60.00

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