Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Careers in Psychology and Criminology
Psychology is a discipline that is interested in understanding the connections between the human mind and behaviour across a number of contexts including clinical and mental health, as well as business and education. Psychology is also relevant for those seeking employment in the criminal justice system and its support agencies, which is the focus of this double major bachelor degree.
Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology highlights the links between mental illness, crime and rehabilitation, with mental disorders up to four times higher in prison populations compared to the general population. This specialised double major degree will 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 structure
The psychology major provides a comprehensive education in the theories and models underpinning the critical and analytical thinking, 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.
What will I learn?
The areas of study covered by this double major degree include:
Research methods in psychology
Theories of personality
Learning and memory
Perception and cognition
Psychological measurement and assessment
Intercultural diversity and Indigenous psychology
Professional issues and applications in psychology
The criminal justice system
Cultural diversity and its relevance to crime and criminal justice
Substance use and crime
Law and the legal system
Theoretical and applied criminology
Alternative approaches to criminal justice
The Psychology Study Sequence
It takes six years to become eligible to be registered as a psychologist in Australia. This time may consist of:
Six years of accredited study, or;
Five years of accredited study and one year of supervised practice, or;
Four years of accredited study and two years of supervised practice.
Careers in Psychology
ACAP's Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology provides the first step on the path to training and registering as a psychologist in Australia. ACAP also provides academic pathways to registration as a professional psychologist through its Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) degrees.
Careers in Criminology
The Criminology major extends career prospects to public administration and safety professions linked by the study of human behaviour to the courts, corrections, youth justice, Indigenous justice,
- Start date 28-MAY-2018,17-SEP-2018
- Duration 3 years, full-time (or part-time equivalent)
- International Cost Please contact the provider
- Qualification Bachelor degree
- Study mode Self study / online (with attendance)