Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 73.45
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 74.30
CRICOS course code079572M
Deakin course codeD390

Course is under review and may be subject to change

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science brings together two independent degrees and combines them in an attractive four-year combined course. This course provides an accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology and includes complementary studies in individual and group counselling, health, and behavioural change.

Combining psychology with criminology provides students with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills concerning the meaning of crime; the forms, causes and consequences of crime; and the different institutions and processes involved in preventing and controlling crime. You will be provided with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in relation to policy development, policing and security, and related fields. Topic areas include crime, justice, security and surveillance.

You should consider this degree if you are interested in pursuing a career in psychology or criminology, and particularly the many areas where psychology and criminology overlap.

You will have the opportunity to complete the Criminology Practicum in your final year of study, a unit that brings the professions to the classroom (including online via the ‘cloud’) with practitioner-driven seminars, activities bridging theory and practice, and the development of an e-portfolio that can be used for employment or career development.

In line with Deakin’s commitment to providing flexible study options, you can choose to study the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science full time or part time, at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campus or via Cloud (online) mode. All subjects provide considerable online activities.

You will also have the opportunity to significantly fast-track your studies using Deakin’s trimester system.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA), accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Criminology (A329)
Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344)

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

Criminology: Students must complete 16 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Education including at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302.

Criminology is being rolled out over a three-year period commencing 2014 in Burwood (Melbourne). In 2015, the following Criminology units will be offered on campus at Burwood: ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR203, ACR204, ACR210, ACR211, ACR212 and ACR213. In 2016, ACR301, ACR302 and ACR303 will also be offered on campus. Students applying with prior study or recognition for prior learning will need to contact the student services office to review their enrolment plans.

Psychological Science: Students must complete 16 units inside the Faculty of Health and at least 11 CORE Units (HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS205, HPS206 HPS301, HPS307 and HPS308) and three electives from any HPS or HPY coded unit. A further two electives can be taken from other Psychology or Health Faculty units.

Course structure

Note: Many of the HPS coded units are also offered in Trimester 3, offering students the opportunity to accelerate their studies.

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology (ACR101 Also offered in Trimester 3)# 

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

Plus two (2) elective units

Trimester 2

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice #

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Plus two (2) elective units

#ACR101, ACR102 also offered at Waterfront (Geelong) from 2015.

Level 2

Trimester 1

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS203Understanding the Mind

Trimester 2

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS205Behavioural Neuroscience

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

HPS204Introduction to Social Psychology

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B

Plus one (1) elective unit from the following:

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Trimester 2

ACR302Criminology Research

HPS206Psychology in the Criminal Justice System

Plus two (2) elective units

Level 4

Trimester 1

HPS307Personality

Plus two (2) elective units from the following:

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Plus one (1) elective unit

Trimester 2

ACR303Criminology Practicum (2 credit point elective unit)

HPS308Psychopathology

Plus one (1) elective unit

*ACR210, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2016, 2018, Trimester 3 2015, 2017.

** ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3  2016, 2018, Trimester 1 2015, 2017.

 

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