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Newcastle

Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Program code: 40271

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Criminology, and Bachelor of Psychological Science

Program handbook

Description

Combining the study of Criminology with an accredited 3 year Psychology degree will allow students to apply knowledge of human behaviour to a wide range of fields within the criminal justice area but will also enable students to continue their professional training in psychology for a career as a psychologist or specialise in such areas as Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology and other accredited psychology postgraduate pathways.   Foundational professional skills such as counselling and applied neuropsychology are also part of the accredited Psychological Science degree and combined with the research training within both criminology and psychology, graduates of the combined program are well placed for many careers. Note: Registration as a psychologist requires completion of an accredited 4th year such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) plus postgraduate training in Psychology.

This program is undergoing accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • A broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
  • Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
  • Cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
  • Professionalism: You will have developed a sound and critical understanding of the function and role of the criminal justice system
  • Demonstrated self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in Psychology.
  • Professionalism: Worked independently and/or collaboratively, in a professional and ethical manner, in exploring ways to improve access to justice for those that come into contact with the criminal justice system
  • Professionalism: You will have engaged and/or collaborated with students from allied disciplines to explore the multidisciplinary nature of the criminal justice system
  • Scholarship: You will possess a scholarly and critical appreciation of the importance of the clarity of communication in the field of criminal justice; including written and oral submissions
  • Comprehended and applied a broad and coherent body of knowledge of Psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including the following topics: the history and philosophy underpinning the science of psychology and the social, cultural, historical and professional influences on the practice of psychology, individual differences in capacity, behaviour and personality, psychological health and well-being, psychological disorders and evidence-based interventions, learning and memory, cognition, language and perception, motivation and emotion, neuroscience and the biological bases of behaviour, lifespan developmental psychology, social psychology, culturally appropriate psychological assessment and measurement, and research methods and statistics.
  • Applied knowledge and skills of Psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
  • Analysed and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in Psychology.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and teamwork.

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Information correct as at30 Oct 2020 9:06 am
Program code40271
Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

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    Managing faculty
    1. Faculty of Education and Arts
    Contributing schools
    1. School of Humanities and Social Science
    2. School of Psychology
    3. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    The Combined Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science is a 320-unit undergraduate qualification. Admission to this program is available to Australian students and Australian residents. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here .  During the admission process, adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank.  Please visit our  website  to see if you are eligible.  

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here .

    There is a requirement for a minimum 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest) or equivalent.

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    320 units

    Program duration

    4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

    Program requirements

    This program requires the successful completion of 320 units.

    Students must not exceed a maximum of 100 units at any level in each of the component programs.

    Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.

    To fulfil the requirements of the program students must complete:

    • 80 units of Criminology Core Courses; and
    • 160 units of Psychology Core Courses; and
    • 80 units of electives.

    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Criminology Core Courses

    Complete the following 80 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    CRIM1010Introduction to Criminology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM1020Victimology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM2001Criminal Justice in Practice
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM2020Criminal Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    CRIM2030Criminology in the Legal ContextNot currently offered10 units
    CRIM3001Criminal Justice Placement
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM3010Crime, Power and the State
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    20 units

    Psychological Science Core Courses

    Complete the following 160 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    PSYC1000Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PSYC1200Foundations of Psychological Practice
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC2200Foundations of Psychological Interventions
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC2300Cognitive Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC2400Biological Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC2500Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Disorders
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PSYC2600Personality and Social Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3000Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3001Advanced Psychological Measurement
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3200Foundations of Applied Neuropsychology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3301Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC3800Advanced Special Topics in Psychology
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units

    Electives

    Complete 80 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

    80 units

    Additional information

    All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


    International students

    All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.