Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
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Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July)

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,517* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education 
Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Chad Whelan, +61 3 522 72594, chad.whelan@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 73.45
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 74.30
CRICOS course code079572M
VTAC Codes1400310041 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510041 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610041 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D390

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, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Promising career opportunities await in the areas of criminology and psychology. Graduates may find employment in areas such as government agencies, state and federal police, security and intelligence agencies, research and policy development, correctional services, community services, and private security and consultative industries, as well as the many fields open to traditional psychology graduates.

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.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English ( EAL ) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

NY12 applicants who wish experience to be considered must include this information on their VTAC Personal Statement.
NY12 applicants described in the STAT section are required to sit STAT Multiple Choice.

Deakin Access and Equity Program applicants via SEAS.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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 support office to review their enrolment plans.

How to apply

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

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

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