Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology
Choose a career with a human touch
Explore the ways people act, think, react and relate to others. Examine cause and affects in behaviour and reveal human health consequences. Examine social policy and counsel communities. Choose to specialise in criminal justice or ageing and disability.
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The Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology will give you a solid foundation in the underlying principles and concepts of sociology, social policy and psychology. Through this degree, you will:
- develop specialised knowledge in either ageing and disability and/or criminal justice
- explore topics such as sociological theory, counselling, social policy analysis and community-based and participatory research methods
- solve real-world case studies relevant to the industry
You can tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects with the choice of electives. You can select four electives from any of the UniSA Online degrees.
Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result:
- Successfully completed equivalent to a minimum of half a year of full-time study of a higher education program at a recognised higher education provider
- Completed an award from a recognised training organisation at Certificate IV or above
- Passed a UniSA Online literacy and numeracy test and have relevant work experience, or
- Completed a UniSA Foundations Studies program or equivalent, or
- Qualified for Special Entry
- Completed a secondary education qualification equivalent to SACE, such as an interstate year 12 or international qualification
Students who do not meet these criteria can start studying now by enrolling in the subjects below. Students will be eligible to apply upon successful completion of four subjects and all subjects will be credited towards the degree.
- HUMS1059 Contemporary Aboriginal Issues
- BEHL1026 Counselling Concepts
- LAWS2036 Criminology and Public Policy
- LANG1064 Intercultural Communication
- POLI1019 Politics and Citizenship in Australia
- BEHL1027 Psychology Concepts
- SOCU1007 Sociological Perspectives
- SOCU1008 The Social World
For more information or if you are unsure of your eligibility please contact an OUA Student Advisor on 1300 729 424.
Information regarding credit can be found here:
Study Psychological Science and Sociology On Demand with UniSA Online and take full control over your study. Access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.
This is the only degree of its kind in Australia, formally bringing together two powerful disciplinary perspectives on how we live as social beings.
This 100% online degree embeds the skills needed by government and not-for-profit organisations in human services, psychology, social work, health care, and social assistance. The curriculum is relevant, up-to-date and informed by the latest developments in industry.
With a choice of specialisations in ageing and disability and/or criminology, this is a versatile qualification that equips you with the skills to make a real impact on people and the community.
In this degree you’ll develop a strong understanding of psychology, counselling, behavioural research methodologies, sociology and social policy. You'll also be challenged to think deeply about the world we live in as you explore the way individuals, groups and communities behave, think, react and interact.
Recommended Study Pattern
The program structure is subject to change at any time. (Information correct as at October 2017)
- Critical Approaches to Online Learning (CURR 3021), Rule: 1
- The Social World (SOCU 1008)
- Psychology Concepts (BEHL 1027)
- Intercultural Communication (LANG 1064)
- Politics and Citizenship in Australia (POLI 1019)
- Sociological Perspectives (SOCU 1007)
- Counselling Concepts (BEHL 1026)
- Contemporary Aboriginal Issues (HUMS 1059)
- Working with Community (WELF 2023)
- Australian Social Policy (POLI 2029)
- Minor 1
- Elective 1
- Developmental Psychology (BEHL 2016)
- Social Enquiry Methods (HUMS 2043)
- Minor 2
- Elective 2
- Clinical and Abnormal Psychology (BEHL 3032)
- Health Psychology (BEHL 3031)
- Minor 3
- Elective 3
- Work and Organisational Psychology (BEHL 3033)
- Sociology of Gender and Intimacy (HUMS 3053)
- Minor 4
- Elective 4
Ageing and Disability Minor - refer Rules 2 & 3
- Age and Disability Friendly Environments (WELF 2021)
- Disability and Ageing: Diversity and Discrimination (WELF 3025)
- (Dis)abling Societies: The Sociologies of Ageing and Disability (SOCU 2018)
- Case Management for Consumer Directed Care in Disability and Aged Care (WELF 3024)
Criminology Minor - refer Rules 2 & 3
- Criminology and Public Policy (LAWS 2036)
- Human Services Workers and the Law (JUST 3004)
- Sociology of Crime and Deviance (SOCU 2020)
- Aboriginal Australians, Policing and the Criminal Justice System (SOCU 2019)
- This course is common to all UniSA Online degrees and will be offered multiple times each year to enable students to commence their program of study at any time. Students who are studying part-time must take this course first before they study any other courses in their chosen degree. Students who are studying full time may take this course and one other course in the same study period.
- Students must complete four consecutive courses from one of the two Minors of Ageing and Disability or Criminology.Speak to the Student Advisor regarding the sequencing of courses within your chosen minor.
- Students may take four courses from the remaining Minor in sequence, OR may choose four courses from the UniSA Online electives list subject to pre-requisite requirements and availability. Speak to the Student Advisor regarding the sequencing of courses within your chosen minor
- Recognition for prior learning (RPL) may be granted for this course to students who have completed relevant work experience as per the UniSA Online RPL framework. Further credit will be assessed in line with the UniSA RPL policy.
Completion of 24 units including 4 electives.