Course Structure and Sequence - Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Psychological Science

  • Students complete 24 units of study over 3 years of full-time or part-time equivalent study. For information regarding sequence structure, see the unit selection planning assistant.
  • Students wishing to complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science with a major stream in Criminology must complete the elective sequence listed here
  • Students wishing to complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science with a major stream in Social Welfare must complete the elective sequence listed here

* 13 core psychology
* 11 elective units

  • 6 electives must be non-psychology electives
  • 5 electives can be psychology or non psychology electives


Year level

CorePsychology units

Elective units*

100 level units

PSYC1012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1

Non-psychology elective

PSYC1022 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture

Non-psychology elective

PSYC1032 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition

Non-psychology elective


Non-psychology elective


Non-psychology elective

200 level units

PSYC2012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 2

Psychology or Non-psychology elective

PSYC2022 Perception and Cognition

Psychology or Non-psychology elective

PSYC2032 Learning and Memory

Non-psychology elective

PSYC2042 Life Span Development


PSYC2052 Social Psychology


300 level units

PSYC3012 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 3

Psychology or Non-psychology elective

PSYC3022 Psychopathology

Psychology or Non-psychology elective

PSYC3032 Psychological Measurement and Assessment

Psychology or Non-psychology elective

PSYC3042 Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology


PSYC3052 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology


Psychology Elective units*

Non Psychology elective units 

Non-psychology electives may be chosen from a choice of non-psychology electives at equivalent level from the selected units listed subject to any required pre-requisites having been met.



 Criminology units

Counselling Units

Social Welfare Units

100 Level units

JALE1024 Criminal Justice

BESC1901  Managing in Ambiguity and Change SWSP1003 Introduction to Human Services

SOSC1004 Cultural Diversity

COUN1051  Counselling Theories 1

SWSP1043 Government, Public Policy and Civil Society

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

SOSC1014 Ethics

COUN1001  Counselling Skills  

CRIM1004 Theoretical Criminology

BESC1911  Human Resource Management  
  BESC1041  Conflict Resolution  
  BESC1101  Introduction to Contemporary Society  
  BESC1091  Social Systems  
  BESC1081 Coaching Theory and Practice   

200 Level units

CRIM2014 Applied Criminology 

(Pre-Requisite: CRIM1004) 

BESC2081  Cultural Diversity

SWSP2003 Critical Social Work Theories

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)


CRIM2034 Issues in Criminal Justice

(Pre-Requisite: JALE1024) 

COUN2061  Counselling Theories 2

(Pre-Requisite: COUN1051)

SWSP2033 Social Work Theory and Practice (Individuals, Children & Families)

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

CRIM2024 Transnational Crime

BESC2101  Organisational Theory

SWSP3013 Influencing Policy and Practice

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

SOSC2004 Indigenous Peoples & Justice

(Pre-Requisite: SOSC1004)

COUN2031  Advanced Counselling Skills 

(Pre-Requisite: COUN1001)

SWSP3913 Ageing and Aged Services

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)


COUN2041  Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling

(Pre-Requisite: COUN1001)


COUN2911  Crisis and Trauma Counselling 

(Pre-Requisite: COUN1001)


BESC2921  Career Counselling and Assessment 

(Pre-Requisite: COUN1001)


300 Level units

CRIM3004 Victimology

BESC3071  Group Work

SWSP3033 Social Work Theory and Practice (Group, Teamwork and Organisational Learning)

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

JALE3924 Mental Health and Criminal Justice


SWSP3043 Interpersonal, Family and Structural Violence

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

CRIM3914 International Criminal Justice  

SWSP3053 Social Work Theory and Practice (Community and Social Action)

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

JALE3904 Youth Justice