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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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A popular field of study focusing on human behaviour and wellbeing, CSU's social science psychology degree offers fascinating insights into human nature relevant to every community, career and workplace.

Psychology offers interventions and strategies to help solve people's social and behavioural problems and enhance their welfare. Students of psychology also develop high-level skills in communication, research design and analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's three-year Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Psychology, or you can graduate ready to work in one of the many fields where psychological knowledge is highly valued.

    Personalised, flexible learning

    Benefit from CSU's small classes, personalised learning and dedicated lecturers who are leaders in the field. Choose the study mode that suits you – study online or on campus at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. Subject to approval, you may receive credit for prior study and graduate sooner. When you study with CSU you may also apply to complete some subjects at an international university.

    Gain a solid foundation

    When you study a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at CSU you will gain well-developed knowledge in cognition, developmental and social psychology, psychological testing, biopsychology, psychopathology, personality, learning theory and research methodology.

    Follow your interests

    A broad choice of electives is available, including units on substance abuse, stress and trauma, justice studies, Indigenous studies, human resource management, philosophy, and the psychology of crime and the legal system.

    Transfer to further study

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Psychology for students who do not meet the initial entry requirements, as the ATAR (or equivalent) for entry into the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is lower. Students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) who meet certain eligibility criteria at the end of third year will be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.

  • Career opportunities
    Put your Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) to work straight away or complete further study to increase your qualifications.

    Health services

    Provide counselling services through social welfare positions in education or correction facilities.

    Support business

    Work with large and small companies or consulting firms to provide human resource support or conduct market research to help develop and sell new products. Or use your skills to help shape social policy through research and analysis. 

    Take it further

    You could also choose to study further towards provisional registration as a psychologist or opt for postgraduate studies in a specialist area that appeals to your interests.

  • 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.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

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

    • a minimum 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
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
    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 (it is recommended that students complete four of these subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives).

    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. Subjects are delivered internally at the campus or campuses specified in parentheses, however all minor sequences are also available by distance education.

    * Biology (Wagga Wagga)
    * Communication (Bathurst)
    * English (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
    * History and Politics (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
    * Human Resource Management (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
    * Information Technology (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
    * Justice Studies (Bathurst & Port Macquarie)
    * Management (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
    * Marketing (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
    * Mathematics and Statistics (Wagga Wagga)
    * Philosophy (Wagga Wagga)
    * Social Welfare (Wagga Wagga)
    * Sociology (Wagga Wagga)

    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 six 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 FOBJBS-Course@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 Director: email FOBJBS-Course@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:
    PSY211 Psychology of Crime
    PSY214 Health Psychology
    PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
    PSY219 Psychology International Experience
    PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
    PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

    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 (Bathurst)

    Year 1
    Session 1
    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    [ ] 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. Note: it is recommended that students complete four of these psychology subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives.

    PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 1)
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
    PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning (Session 2)

    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

    On campus (Port Macquarie)

    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    SOC102 Social Inequality*
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY208 Biopsychology*
    [ ] Minor or Elective

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

    PSY304 Psychopathology* (Session 2)
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
    PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning *(Session 1)

    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
    * indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

    On campus (Wagga Wagga)

    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY208 Biopsychology*
    [ ] Minor or Elective

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

    PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 1)
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
    PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning (Session 2)

    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
    * indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

    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
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
    [ ] 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
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    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. Note: it is recommended that students complete four of these psychology subjects, counting the fourth as one of their electives.

    PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 2)
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
    PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning (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

    Accelerated Enrolment Patterns
    The following enrolment patterns are designed to facilitate the completion of this course over a period of two calendar years, and are based on the following assumptions:
    * that students will complete all six core Level 3 PSY subjects. Students who choose not to complete  the sixth core Level 3 PSY subject will need to modify the enrolment pattern to include an additional elective;
    * that only students admitted in Session 1 each year will be supported to complete their degree across two calendar years;
    * that students who fail to complete PSY101, PSY102, or PSY201 on the first attempt will not be able to continue with this accelerated  enrolment pattern;
    * that some distance education study may be required where the subject offerings do not support a full-time on-campus study load;
    * that Session 3 PSY subjects will be offered only in the distance education mode;
    * that the School of Psychology cannot guarantee that every minor sequence available will be able to be completed within two calendar years.

    Students completing a minor sequence with subject offerings in Sessions 1 and 2 only will need to defer their study of SOC102 until Session 3; they will need to complete all their electives in Session 3.

    Students will be responsible for planning their enrolment to satisfy course requirements within the two year timeframe, so careful advance planning across the entire course duration will be required. Students who choose to complete six sessions of full-time study within two calendar years will not be able to base any claim of special consideration on their chosen study pattern e.g., as it may relate to academic performance and course transfer to the BPsych or BPsych(Hons), or admission to the PGDipPsych or BSocSc(Psych)(Hons).

    Bathurst Campus
    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    SOC102 Social Inequality or [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 3
    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology*
    SOC102 Social Inequality* or [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY208 Biopsychology
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY304 Psychopathology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    Session 3
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality*
    PSY307 Cognition*
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    * indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

    Port Macquarie Campus
    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    SOC102 Social Inequality* or [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 3
    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology*
    SOC102 Social Inequality* or [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY204 Psychological Testing*
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning*
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY208 Biopsychology*
    PSY304 Psychopathology*
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    Session 3
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality*
    PSY307 Cognition*
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    * indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

    Wagga Wagga Campus
    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    SOC102 Social Inequality or [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 3
    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology*
    SOC102 Social Inequality* or [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY304 Psychopathology
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning*
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY208 Biopsychology*
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    Session 3
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality*
    PSY307 Cognition*
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    * indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Admission is normally based on ATAR or equivalent.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN211857
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieFPOSYYNIASP
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYYJAPQ
    UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYN211850
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKAP
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIAPW
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYYEAPQ
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKAPX
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN211854
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKAPW

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

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

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    011994F (Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie)

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  • About the School

    School of Psychology

    Whether you study psychology to advance your knowledge or as a career, CSU’s courses offered through the School of Psychology may be just what you are looking for. The School delivers courses at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, as well as online, and uses the disciplines knowledge to enhance human well-being. A psychology degree can provide opportunities to gain provisional accreditation to practice as a psychologist. You could also apply your understanding of human nature to bring a compassionate outlook to a career in another field such as human resources or teaching.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS013 - Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on theSTUDY LINKwebsite.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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