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Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

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The BPsychSciCrim provides students with the opportunity to complete an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year sequence featuring a major in psychology and a major in criminology. Students undertaking this program must follow a specified sequence of units from the Discipline of Psychological Sciences and the Discipline of Criminology. This specified sequence of units comprises the double major.

The psychology major provides students with a comprehensive education in the theories and models that underpin the scientific discipline of psychology, critical and analytical thinking, and research methodology, design and analysis necessary for conducting and evaluating psychological research. The psychology major also introduces students to the applications of psychological theory.

The criminology major is concerned with approaches to criminal behaviour, the causes of crime, crime prevention, and responses to crime. The coverage of sociology in this major stream exposes students to the wider context in which criminal behaviour takes place and the role society plays in shaping crime and the criminal. This, coupled with the psychology major, provides students with a well-rounded understanding of human behaviour.

Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology highlights the links between mental illness, crime and rehabilitation, with mental disorders identified up to four times more among prison populations compared to the general population. This specialised double major degree will therefore be of benefit to those who are interested in working in the courts, corrections, youth justice or with offenders, victims or vulnerable populations including young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The double major also provides the first three years of the six years of training required for registration as a psychologist.