University of Technology Sydney

C10478v1 Bachelor of Psychology Bachelor of Criminology

Award(s): Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych)
Bachelor of Criminology (BCrim)

UAC code: 606080 (Autumn C session)
CRICOS code: 113313K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

UTS undergraduate psychology courses are accredited by APAC with conditions. UTS is in the process of applying to have each course considered as a professional pathway course, which if approved, would lead to psychology-based units being funded under Cluster 2.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) requirements
Assumed knowledge
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Psychology Bachelor of Criminology develops student knowledge and skills in psychology and applied criminology to better understand the human brain and behaviour, and to measure and evaluate crime and its effects. Students also gain an understanding of the major factors associated with criminal behaviour. The course provides practical social science knowledge and skills needed for professions focused on crime prevention, detection, enforcement or the broader social implications and challenges of crime. The course also provides the first step (i.e., APAC Level 1 foundational competencies*) on the pathway towards becoming a professionally accredited psychologist.

The course equips students with an understanding of the factors associated with crime, disorder and threats to public safety as well as those who are involved in criminal behaviour, those who are affected by such behaviour and those who respond to crime events. With a strong applied and industry focused curriculum, students learn and develop industry-relevant skills along with strong theoretical and practice-based knowledge.

Course aims

This course is designed to address areas of current demand for graduate employment balanced with the critical skills needed to work in and transform industry into the future. Course-long industry engagement prepares graduates to pursue careers at all levels of government, in law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections, border protection, the financial or insurance sectors, or within community organisations concerned with crime prevention and rehabilitation.

This course aims to equip students with practical skills in interviewing, risk assessment, and case management for various criminal justice and criminological settings, while also fostering an understanding of contemporary local and global criminological issues. Students gain appropriate evidence-based knowledge, engage in problem-solving using scientific literature, effectively communicate with diverse audiences, uphold tolerance and respect for individuals and groups, and foster collaborative partnerships within the professional community and broader society.

Career options

Career options include law enforcement, corrections, cybercrime, psycho-legal researcher, counsellor, policy analyst, data analyst, marketer, human resource manager, and more.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at https://dipinn.uts.edu.au.

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Cultural Responsiveness: Identify knowledge and skills required for research and professional practice that is culturally responsive, and cognisant of the impacts of ongoing colonisation on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
2.1 Psychological Literacy: Apply psychological knowledge and skills to personal, professional, and societal goals.
3.1 Research Proficiency: Use knowledge of research methods and appropriate technologies to interpret and communicate empirical evidence.
4.1 Lifelong Learning: Employ knowledge, skills, and attributes required for self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology and for ongoing personal and professional development.
5.1 Values and Ethics: Recognise the importance of values and ethical standards in psychological research and practice.
6.1 Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrate effective interpersonal and teamwork skills appropriate to psychological practice and research.
6.2 Professional Capacity: Analyse the theoretical underpinnings and application of psychological assessment and intervention across contexts.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at accessibility@uts.edu.au.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Bachelor of Global Studies, Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment and Bachelor of Criminology Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Inherent Requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are inherent in or essential to the successful completion of a course. The inherent requirements framework for the Bachelor of Psychology Bachelor of Criminology is based on the following six themes:

  1. Legal and Behavioural Requirements;
  2. Communication Tasks – verbal; written; non-verbal;
  3. Cognitive/Intellectual Tasks – literacy; numeracy; knowledge and information;
  4. Sensory Tasks – visual; auditory;
  5. Physical Tasks – gross and fine motor requirements; and
  6. Sustainable Performance.

Students should consult the full inherent requirements.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Recognition of prior learning

For those with backgrounds in law enforcement, defence and corrections, their prior learning and experience is recognised.

Recognition of prior learning will be granted on the basis of successful completion of equivalent subjects from an APAC-accredited Level 1 program in Psychology within the last 10 years.

Course duration and attendance

The Bachelor of Psychology Bachelor of Criminology is offered at the City campus on a full-time basis over four years, or a part-time basis over eight years.

Course structure

This course comprises a total of 192 credit points. Students must complete 60 credit points of core Psychology subjects, 72 credit points of core Criminology subjects, a 24 credit point sub-major and 36 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91811 Core subjects (Psychology) 84cp
STM91629 Core subjects (Criminology) 72cp
CBK92244 Elective choice (Psychology) 24cp
CBK92164 Electives Choice (Criminology) 6cp
CBK92069 Transdisciplinary Electives 6cp
Total 192cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Year 1
Autumn C Session
96630 Introduction to Psychology A   6cp
96631 Developmental Psychology   6cp
96639 Positive Psychology   6cp
98000 Introduction to Criminology   6cp
Spring C Session
96632 Introduction to Psychology B   6cp
96633 Research Methods in Psychology   6cp
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
98001 Crime Data: Analysis and Interpretation   8cp
Year 2
Autumn C Session
96634 Mental Health Conditions and Psychological Wellbeing   6cp
96635 Research Design and Statistics in Psychology   6cp
96641 Social Psychology   6cp
98003 Research Methods for Social Sciences   8cp
Spring C Session
96636 Health Psychology   6cp
96848 Brain and Behaviour   6cp
96640 Forensic Psychology   6cp
98002 Indigenous Perspectives on Crime and Justice   8cp
Year 3
Autumn C Session
96637 Perception and Cognition   6cp
98005 Policy Evaluation: Local and International Approaches   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92244 Elective choice (Psychology) 24cp  
Spring C Session
96638 Individual Differences and Psychological Assessment   6cp
98004 Emerging and Contemporary Issues in Crime and Criminology   6cp
96642 Psychology Career Readiness   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92244 Elective choice (Psychology) 24cp  
Year 4
Autumn C Session
52670 Self and Society   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92069 Transdisciplinary Electives 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92164 Electives Choice (Criminology) 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92244 Elective choice (Psychology) 24cp  
Spring C Session
98006 Criminology Industry Project   16cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (C09170) is available to eligible students who undertake an additional year of full-time study, or two years of part-time study.

Transfer between UTS courses

Students in this combined degree may transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology or the Bachelor of Criminology.

Professional recognition

This course provides the first step (i.e., APAC Level 1 foundational competencies*) on the pathway towards becoming a professionally accredited psychologist. Students may be eligible to apply for an additional fourth year Honours program, leading to APAC Level 2 pre-professional competencies which are the second step on the pathway towards becoming a professionally accredited psychologist in Australia.

*This course is accredited by APAC with conditions.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:
Telephone – 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Or +61 2 9514 1222
www.ask.uts.edu.au