Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsychSc) with a major stream in Social Welfare


The BPsychSc: Psychology with a stream in Social Welfare provides students with the opportunity to complete an APAC accredited three year sequence in psychology (a psychology major) along with a stream in social welfare. Students undertaking this program must take the specified units from the School of Social Work outlined below as their electives in the BPsychSc. This sequence of units comprises the Social Welfare stream.

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

In the Social Welfare stream, students will explore the skills and knowledge to help improve people's well-being and to increase their access to services and resources, especially when experiencing great hardship, socially, emotionally, politically, culturally and economically. These units will explore social welfare systems and structures of power and decision-making to influence a more democratic policy, service provision and practice as well as advocating for and with individuals, families and communities for their rights as citizens. And as a value-based profession social welfare promotes ethical practice, personal and social advocacy, social justice and human rights activism and seeks explanations and practice responses for the many social issues and conditions contemporary society faces.

Opportunities for graduates with social welfare major are diverse and range across a variety of health and welfare fields including human services, small community-based programs and services, selected Government departments, non-Governmental organisations, health and mental health, community practice, women and migrant services, child and family services, and corrections and justice and indigenous communities. 

Sequence of Study - Bachelor of Psychological Science with a major stream in Social Welfare

Year level

13 core Psychology units

8 Social Welfare units

3 Elective Units

Year 1 /Level 100

PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1

SWSP1003 Introduction to Human Services

Elective 1*

Elective 2*

Elective 3*


PSYC1022 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society & Culture 

SWSP1043 Government, Public Policy and Civil Society (Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

PSYC1032 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning & Cognition

Year 2 /Level 200

PSYC2012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 2

SWSP2003 Critical Social Work Theories (Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

PSYC2022 Perception and Cognition

SWSP2033 Social Work Theory and Practice (Individuals, Children & Families)(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

PSYC2032 Learning and Memory

SWSP3013 Influencing Policy and Practice (Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)


SWSP3913 Ageing and Aged Services (Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

PSYC2042 Life Span Development

PSYC2052 Social Psychology

Year 3 /Level 300

PSYC3012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3

SWSP3033 Social Work Theory and Practice (Group, Teamwork and Organisational Learning (Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

PSYC3022 Psychopathology

PSYC3032 Psychological Measurement & Assessment

SWSP3043 Interpersonal, Family and Structural Violence (Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

PSYC3042 Intercultural Diversity & Indigenous Psychology

SWSP3053 Social Work Theory and Practice (Community and Social Action) (Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

PSYC3052 Professional Issues & Applications in Psychology

*Elective unit options

Choose from any 3 of the elective options below Pre-Requisites
BESC1041 Conflict Resolution  
BESC1081 Coaching Theory and Practice  
BESC1091 Social Systems  
BESC1101 Introduction to Contemporary Society  
BESC1901 Managing in Ambiguity and Change  
BESC1911 Human Resource Management  
COUN1001 Counselling Skills  
COUN1051 Counselling Theories 1  
CRIM1004 Theoretical Criminology  
JALE1024 Criminal Justice  
CRIM2014 Applied Criminology  
CRIM2034 Issues in Criminal Justice   
PSYC2062 Personality and Individual Differences PSYC2012
PSYC3062 Behavioural Neuroscience PSYC2012
PSYC3072 Psychology of Stress Trauma and Resilience PSYC2012
SWSP3013 Influencing Policy and Practice SWSP1003
SWSP3913 Ageing and Aged Services SWSP1003