Western’s Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is the foundation for anyone wishing to go on to further study to become a psychologist. If you are curious by nature, inquisitive about life and how we, as a society live and interact, this degree will expand your knowledge through theory, research and practical application.
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Social Science (Psychology) at Western
This degree combines a broadly based, interdisciplinary social sciences three-year program with an undergraduate accredited sequence in Psychology.
You will gain a deep understanding of the complex and culturally diverse world we live in and emerge with a thorough understanding of how Psychology uses scientific techniques and methods to understand human cognition, affect and behaviour.
When you graduate, you will have the interdisciplinary and specialist skills and knowledge required for a range of careers available in areas of sociology, mental health, peace and development and counselling in both government and private sectors as well as the academic requirements to proceed to advanced study.
Learn from the best
Western is ranked in the Top 100 in the world for Sociology and Top 150 in the world for Psychology in this year's QS World University Rankings.
The campus-based delivery of this course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) on the basis that it meets all the APAC Accreditation Standards (June 2010) for a three-year sequence of study in psychology.
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With a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology), you can:
- Become a caseworker / manager and make a difference in the areas of child protection, drug and alcohol services or community health
- Take on an exciting research role
- Champion the vulnerable through social advocacy and activism
- Get involved in Human Services and help improve aged care, communities, education providers, and transport services
- Or continue on to postgraduate study and become a qualified psychologist
Psychologist (with further study)
Psychologists investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling to foster optimal personal, social, educational and occupational adjustment and development.
Policy Analyst or Adviser
Policy Analysts collect and analyse information and data to develop policies guiding the design, implementation, and modification of government and commercial operations and programs.
University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.
Counsellors provide assistance to people struggling with emotional issues and offer advice and guidance. They may specialise in particular areas, such as health and grief management.
Human Services Professional
Work in the human services sector involves working in a number of organisations including aged care, community development, education providers and transport services.
Gain access to Western’s new, $30 million Science & Psychology building at Parramatta, as well as our world-class campuses at Penrith and Bankstown.
Get practical experience in our state-of- the-art social work skills and psychology testing labs.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.