3 Years Full Time
6 Years Part Time
20 Feb 2017
30 Jan 2017
About the Western Sydney University Online Bachelor of Science Criminology and Psychological Studies course
The Western Sydney University Online Bachelor of Science Criminology and Psychological Studies will explore a variety of issues to do with crime, criminal justice and psychology. Students will be exposed to a range of theories and research methods in psychology and criminology that apply to; crime and criminal justice, crime prevention, forms of punishment, prejudice, racism and inter-group conflict, aggression and pro-social behaviour, bystander effects, courtroom processes and eyewitness testimony.
The online Bachelor of Science Criminology and Psychological Studies is a Western Sydney University qualification based on materials and teaching methodologies of the Open University, United Kingdom.
ATAR or UAC derived equivalent, 65+
Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local 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 Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.
Meet your Western Sydney University Online lecturers and tutors
Dr Tim Griffin
Director of Learning and Teaching and Director of e-Academic Programs in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Dr Tim Griffin is the Director of Learning and Teaching and Director of e-Academic Programs in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and is at the forefront of learning and teaching innovations. In these roles he has carriage of key strategic projects including blended and online learning. He has extensive experience in curriculum development and e-learning design and is an early adopter of e-learning technologies. As e-Director of Academic Programs, he has worked on the development of the Bachelor of Science Criminology and Psychological Studies in conjunction with the criminology and psychology discipline teams.
Dr Griffin is Chair of the School's Learning and Teaching Committee, heads the Academic Development Unit and sits on key university-wide committees and working groups. His interests include transition to university and student engagement and experience, academic literacy support, including academic integrity, and access and equity for students with disability. He teaches psychology, particularly social psychology in the Social Sciences programs and has a particular interest in the learning design, teaching and management of large enrolment, multi-campus units. Dr Griffin's research is constructively aligned with his interest in learning and teaching and learning design based on scholarly evidence and peer and student evaluations. He publishes and presents on teaching and learning, especially blended and online learning, and reviews papers for conferences and journals in this area.
Dr Phillip Wadds
Phillip is a Lecturer in Criminology and Social Sciences at Western Sydney University and a graduate of the university, having completed his PhD with ICS in 2013. His thesis, Policing Nightlife: The Representation and Transformation of Security in Sydney's Night-Time Economy, followed critical transitions in the regulation and policing of Sydney nightlife and the role that both public and private policing agencies play in this complex and highly politicised environment.
Phillip has project managed a number of major research projects at ICS, including the NDLERF Funded Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) Project and NSW Health funded Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks (ACED) project. Phillip was also recently named as a Chief Investigator on a research project with Parramatta City Council to look at issues of safety and security in relation to their developing night-time economy.
Phillip has won numerous awards for his teaching in his time at Western Sydney, most notably the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014 and the Dean's Award for Innovative Blended Learning in 2015. Phillip has extensive experience in curriculum development and e-learning design and was part of the first team of academics to support staff to deliver fully online units at Western Sydney University.
Phillip's research interests include crime prevention, policing policy and practice, plural policing, the night-time economy, alcohol and drug related violence, urban governance and media effects.
Dr Jeff Foster
Lecturer, Online Social and Behavioural Sciences
Dr Jeff Foster is a Lecturer in Online Social and Behavioural Sciences at Western Sydney University's School of Social Sciences and Psychology. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a Bachelors of Science Psychology from Arizona State University, USA. Dr Foster joined Western Sydney University in 2014.
Dr Foster's research interests lie in the intersection of applied memory research—particularly as it relates to eyewitness memory, eyewitness identification, and eyewitness testimony—and web-based research methodologies. In addition to these areas, Dr Foster conducts research on the role of working memory capacity, and research utilizing social data analytics.
Dr Foster teaches within the Psychology program at Western, in both in-class and online capacities. He coordinates several of the online units, and is always trying new, innovative, ways to increase student learning and engagement in an online environment.
Students may graduate at this stage with 1794 - Diploma of Social Sciences and Psychological Studies
Choose one of
Students may graduate at this stage with 1795 - Associate Degree in Criminology and Psychological Studies
Psychology, Crime and Law (not yet approved)