About the School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Welcome from the Dean, Professor Kevin Dunn
The disciplines and areas of study that make up the School of Social Sciences and Psychology are amongst the most exciting and important in the contemporary university. At Western Sydney University they include:
- Community Welfare and Social Work
- Geography and Urban Planning
- Humanitarian and Development Studies
- Social Science
- Therapy Studies
- Tourism Studies
The School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University delivers excellence in research and teaching and has a robust level of community engagement. The School provides innovative and relevant undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Many of the programs that are managed by the School lead to professional recognition in areas such as Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Counselling, Urban Planning, Policing and Humanitarian work.
We are also proud of our achievements in research training, and offer Honours degrees in Social Science, Social Work and Psychology, and higher degrees at Masters and Doctoral (PhD) levels.
The School of Social Sciences is committed to build on its reputation through:
- Conducting cutting-edge research that contributes internationally to the generation of new knowledge and which informs our teaching;
- Undertaking engaged research that addresses many of the challenges facing contemporary society;
- Providing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education for students from Greater Western Sydney and beyond;
- Offering ground-breaking programs that meet accreditation and industry standards and prepare graduates for professional employment and rewarding careers;
- Developing stimulating industry and government collaborations in research.
The School offers courses and specialisations that are underpinned by the latest research and provide students with the skills and knowledge to work in a range of professional and vocational fields. The School is a member of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (opens in a new window)(CHASS), International Association of the Schools of Social Work (opens in a new window)(IASSW), Planning Institute of Australia (opens in a new window) (PIA), the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (opens in a new window)(CAUTHE), Australian Council for International Development (opens in a new window)(ACFID). Individual staff are members of a number of significant national and international professional associations.
On behalf of the School it is my pleasure to welcome you to this site and to invite you either to contact us directly or to visit this website again for up-to-date information about the School's undergraduate and postgraduate offerings and its achievements and initiatives in research and community engagement.
Professor Kevin Dunn
BA (W'gong); PhD (Newcastle); FNGS
SSAP researchers have access to an extensive array of equipment and facilities including:
Specialized 3D Monitors
Interview and Monitoring Rooms
MARCS Research Institute
Psychology Clinic - Narellan
Association of Critical Heritage Studies (opens in a new window)
Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (opens in a new window)
Australian Association of Social Workers (opens in a new window)
Australian Community Workers Association (opens in a new window)
Australian Institute of Criminology (opens in a new window)
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (opens in a new window)
Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (opens in a new window)
Geographical Society of NSW (opens in a new window)
Institute of Australian Geographers (opens in a new window)
International Sociological Association (opens in a new window)
Planning Institute of Australia (opens in a new window)
Psychology Board of Australia (opens in a new window)
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (opens in a new window)
The Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (opens in a new window)