Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusYes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code077384J
Deakin course codeA301

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study people's behaviour, their cognitive processes, and the factors that influence all of us to think and act in different ways.

The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) requires students to combine research with professional study, and draws on subjects from both liberal and creative arts.

As a student of this course, you’ll study psychology as a scientific discipline and appreciate the important role it plays within society. Some of the areas you’ll learn about include behavioural and clinical neuroscience, child and adolescent psychology, relationships and the psychology of groups, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, and psychopathology. You’ll also explore selected arts, social science and humanities disciplines.

This course is perfect for empathetic people who are passionate, understanding people who wish to better understand themselves and those around them.

Professional recognition

Deakin's Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work, that are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Assessment
Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) varies from written assignments and examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises, and tests.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the Arts disciplines, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Communication

Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly papers. 

Digital literacy

Research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information using a range of appropriate technologies and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment. 

Critical thinking

Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying appropriate theories and methodologies to evaluate information and knowledge about society, culture and the arts. 

Problem solving

Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative Arts, including cross-disciplinary approaches. 

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts. 

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community. 

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), a student must successfully complete 24 credit points of study including:

  • 10 credit points of Psychology units including the approved 10-credit-point Psychology major sequence
  • 10 credit points of Arts units including an approved Arts major sequence of at least 8 credit points.
  • 4 electives credit points from units offered by either Faculty or by another Faculty
  • no more than 10 credit points at Level 1
  • a minimum 4 credit points at level 3

Course structure

Core units

Course map

Level 1

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Level 2

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

Level 3

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B

HPS307Personality

HPS308Psychopathology

HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour