Psychology in Society major (MJD-PSYSO)

Note: this major is only available to re-enrolling students.

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; (6) work effectively as a team member in solving problems; and (7) apply high-level critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills required for employment and further studies related to psychology.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Incompatibilities

MJD-PSYSC Psychological Science

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

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 2022

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
S2 PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
N/A PSYC2214 Adult Psychopathology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC3314 Adult Psychopathology

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 PSYC3302 Psychological Measurement and its Application
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 PSYC3303 Psychological Science in the Modern World
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Degree-specific major units
Take units to the value of 12 points with at least 6 points from this group:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
S2 PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
N/A PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
Degree-specific major units
if required, one unit to the value of 6 points from this group:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 PSYC3308 Psychology: Atypical Development
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
S1 PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

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

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

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, 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

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