Admission and Unit Information - Bachelor of Arts

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Arts Key Program in Psychology including the 40 credit point Bachelor of Arts core units is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). A Psychological Studies major/sub-major does not meet APAC requirements for an accredited sequence in Psychology.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

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 the 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.

Alternate Entry Pathway:

The Exceptional Merit Pathway (EMP) will offer prospective students who demonstrate an aptitude and ability in the Arts areas to receive a direct offer. Students will be required to present a portfolio, complete an audition, take part in a workshop and/or submit a written assessment, in addition to participating in an interview, during one of a series of on-campus events. Successful completion of the EMP requirements will result in a direct entry offer for the following year. Though a non-ATAR pathway, eligibility to accept the direct offer will be contingent on the successful completion of the HSC. Students who participate in this program but do not qualify for a direct offer would be eligible for a conditional offer, with the additional requirement of an ATAR of 55+.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

Core Components

All students must enrol in and complete the 40 credit points of Bachelor of Arts Year 1 Core units.

Year 1 Core units

Australia and the World

An appreciation of Australia’s history, political structures and relationships with the world is essential for an informed graduate. The unit introduces students to the patterns of human settlement of the continent before and after 1788 beginning with the distinctive culture of the indigenous people of Australia. From an understanding of a worldwide process of colonisation, the origins of Australia’s social and political systems are described through Australia’s development as part of British colonisation and decolonisation. The unit explores Australia’s engagement with Asia and its historical and contemporary relations with Japan, China, Indonesia, the United States, Great Britain, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Contemporary Society

The unit introduces to students the socio-political organisation and cultural forms of the contemporary world focused on the production and structure of social relations, building on students' social and cultural experience. The unit will focus on the production and operation of social inequalities specifically gender, race/ethnicity and class and draw on key sociological and cultural studies approaches highlighting the role of culture and language in the production and maintenance of social inequalities with an emphasis on bilingualism and biculturalism in the consideration of race/ethnicity in contemporary Australia.

Texts and Traditions

This unit introduces students to selected modern literature and philosophy of the Western tradition. Focusing on primary texts, the unit offers a critical appreciation of major intellectual, social, and aesthetic changes, understood as crucial elements in the shaping of Western modernity from the Enlightenment forward. The unit follows major concepts or themes, which students will study through their different cultural representations. Tensions, contradictions, and oppositions that these themes have engendered will also be examined. Students will gain an appreciation of major texts, aesthetic styles, and ways of thinking about the world and human experience, which have been central to modernity.

Analytical Reading and Writing

This unit aims to develop and refine students' communication skills in analytical reading, writing, critical reasoning and the analysis of argument. It aims to develop students' understanding of how arguments are made, along with their ability to analyse and evaluate arguments, while at the same time developing students' capacity to make sophisticated arguments in essay form.

All students must complete

  • Either a First Specialisation or Key Program in Psychology
  • A Second Specialisation
  • First Specialisation

    Students must successfully complete an 80 credit point major from the list below (see First Specialisations)

    Second Specialisation and electives

    Students must complete 120 credit points, by completing

    Either

  • a 40 credit point Arts sub-major in a different specialisation to their major from the list of Second Specialisations below, and
  • 80 credit points of elective units
  • Or

  • a second 80 credit point Arts major in a different specialisation to their first major from the list of Second Specialisations below, and
  • 40 credit points of elective units
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Key Program in Psychology

    Students must successfully complete 160 credit point accredited Key Program in Psychology (which includes 40 credit points Bachelor of Arts core units)

    Psychology

    Second Specialisation and electives

    Students must also complete 80 credit points, by completing

    Either

  • a 40 credit point Arts sub-major in a different discipline area to their Key Program from the list of Second Specialisations below (see Second Specialisations) and
  • 40 credit points of elective units
  • Or

  • A second 80 credit point Arts major in a different discipline area to their Key Program from the list of Second Specialisations below (see Second Specialisations)
  • First Specialisation

    Students not taking the accredited sequence in Psychology must complete at least one of the following Majors.

    Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.

    Note: The following Majors and Sub-majors have inherent requirements; Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese. Please see the link below to the Inherent Requirements page:

    Inherent Requirements

    Anthropology

    Arabic

    Chinese

    Creative Writing

    Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Cultural and Social Analysis

    Economy and Markets

    English

    Geography and Urban Studies

    Global Business

    Heritage and Tourism

    History and Political Thought

    Indigenous Australian Studies

    Indonesian

    Innovation and Change

    International English

    International Relations and Asian Studies

    Islamic Studies

    Japanese

    Linguistics

    Musicology

    Music Performance

    Organisations and Work

    Peace and Development Studies

    Philosophy

    Psychological Studies

    Sociology

    Second Specialisations

    All students must complete a second specialisation from the list below.

    Note: Not all Arts majors and sub-majors are available on all campuses

    Note: Students completing the 160 credit point accredited Key Program in Psychology must not choose SM1115 Psychological Studies.

    Arabic

    Chinese

    Creative Writing

    Cultural and Social Analysis

    English

    History and Political Thought

    Indigenous Australian Studies

    Indonesian

    International English

    International Relations and Asian Studies

    Islamic Studies

    Japanese

    Linguistics

    Musicology

    Music Performance

    Philosophy

    Psychological Studies

    Arabic

    Chinese

    Creative Writing

    Cultural and Social Analysis

    English

    History and Political Thought

    Indigenous Australian Studies

    Indonesian

    International English

    International Relations and Asian Studies

    Islamic Studies

    Japanese

    Linguistics

    Musicology

    Music Performance Studies

    Philosophy

    Psychological Studies

    Recommended Full-time sequence

    Year 1

    Autumn session

    BA core unit

    BA core unit

    First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit

    Spring session

    BA core unit

    BA core unit

    First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit

    Year 2

    Autumn session

    First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit

    Spring session

    First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit

    Year 3

    Autumn session

    First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Key Program Psychology unit

    Spring session

    First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Key Program Psychology unit

    Elective or Second Specialisation unit

    Major and Sub-major elective spaces

    Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

    Search for majors and sub-majors

    Western Sydney University offers majors and sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

    Indigenous Australian Studies Major

    Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

    Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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