UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Angela Stojanoska

I chose to study at UWA because of the flexible course structure and the vibrant student culture. I combined Psychology in Society with Psychological Science to cover a greater range of topics within the fascinating field of psychology.

Psychology in Society major

Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life—seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do. How do groups communicate? Can panic be controlled? How do attitudes to alcohol consumption develop? These are just a few of the questions psychologists investigate.

The Psychology in Society major will help you build a scientific understanding of human behaviour and its underlying psychological processes. You will find an emphasis on the measurement of psychological abilities such as intelligence, how these abilities develop through the life span and on the processes that govern the relationships between people and groups in society. Students hoping to pursue further study at postgraduate level leading to professional accreditation as a psychologist should complete the Psychology double major.

During the major you will be exposed to sensitive topics (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). You will also be required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether you are able to cope with the demands of a psychology major and whether there is anything that would impact upon your ability to complete the requirements of the major.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of selected psychological processes, their development, and the relationships between them; (2) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific method in psychology; (3) demonstrate critical thinking in psychology including an appreciation of the use of the scientific method to study psychological processes; (4) demonstrate skills in the analysis and presentation of quantitative data; (5) demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills; and (6) work effectively as a team member in solving problems.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Psychology in Society can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Psychology in Society is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

If you are combining this major with the Psychological Science major, you must complete 48 points of Level 3 psychology units.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain None
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context None

Level 2

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context or 12 points of mathematics and/or statistics
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/A PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1 PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2 PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology

Level 3

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 PSYC3302 Psychological Measurement and its Application Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2204 Psychological Science: Theory, Research and Practice
S1 PSYC3303 Psychological Science in the Modern World: Challenges and Controversies Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Take units to the value of 12 points with at least 6 points from this group:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/A PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1 PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2 PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology
if required, one unit to the value of 6 points from this group:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A PSYC3308 Psychology: Atypical Development Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2207 Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
S1 PSYC3315 Cognitive Psychology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 PSYC unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2215 Cognitive Psychology
N/A PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2 PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Psychology in Society degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-PSYSO (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Psychology in Society degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-PSYSO-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Psychology in Society can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Psychology in Society can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Psychology in Society second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

If you are combining this major with the Psychological Science major, you must complete 48 points of Level 3 psychology units.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain None
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context None

Level 2

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context or 12 points of mathematics and/or statistics
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/A PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1 PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2 PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility: PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology

Level 3

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 PSYC3302 Psychological Measurement and its Application Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2204 Psychological Science: Theory, Research and Practice
S1 PSYC3303 Psychological Science in the Modern World: Challenges and Controversies Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Take units to the value of 12 points with at least 6 points from this group:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
N/A PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S1 PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
S2 PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology
if required, one unit to the value of 6 points from this group:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A PSYC3308 Psychology: Atypical Development Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2207 Normal and Abnormal Development; PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
S1 PSYC3315 Cognitive Psychology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 PSYC unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2215 Cognitive Psychology
N/A PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
S2 PSYC3318 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2218 Perception and Sensory Neuropsychology

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Psychology in Society can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-PSYSO (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Psychology in Society can also be taken as a degree-specific major.