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PSYCHOLOGY &SOCIAL SCIENCES The prerequisite to all Psychology & Social Sciences courses is completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) with English proficiency. Admission rules apply, visit www.acu.edu.au/courses

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ERIN VAUGHAN GRADUATE, BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK/BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

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“I work as a social worker in the maternity and neonatology unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, supporting new mothers during pregnancy and providing expertise in areas such as bereavement, domestic violence and child protection. ACU helped me get the job I always wanted – challenging but incredibly rewarding.”

BACHELOR OF COUNSELLING Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne Duration: 3 yrs FT (or equivalent PT) This course provides the theoretical and practical skills to enable graduates to engage effectively in counselling in a range of professional fields. The program offers you an opportunity to think critically, informed by your study and your own personal development, of the importance of counselling interventions in a complex and pluralistic society.

Accreditation

Professional experience

Students who complete the three-year Bachelor of Counselling degree will normally undertake a further year of study to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. Bachelor of Counselling/Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling graduates may apply for membership with the Australian Association of Pastoral Counsellors through which they can obtain membership with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Extensive clinical fieldwork placements and supervision are required for completion of the Bachelor of Counselling. Career options Graduates can pursue a range of careers, including community correctional officer, child safety officer, family resource worker, juvenile justice officer, youth worker, counsellor for Lifeline, school chaplain, teen challenge counsellor, church-based chaplain and pastoral care worker.

SAMPLE PROGRAM MAP - BACHELOR OF COUNSELLING Year 1

Semester 1

Introduction to Counselling and Micro-Skills

Ethical and Professional Issues in Counselling

Elective

Psychology A

Semester 2

Humanistic Theories and Interventions

Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Elective

Psychology B

Semester 1

Counselling Children and Adolescents

Religious and Spiritual Issues in Counselling

Elective

Lifespan Development

Semester 2

Organisations and Group Processes

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Elective

Abnormal Psychology

Addiction Counselling

Psychodynamic Counselling

Grief and Loss Counselling

Year 2

Learning in the Community Semester 1

Family and Relationship Counselling

Semester 2

Clinical fieldwork

Note: Electives may be chosen from any units listed in the Schedule of Unit Offerings for the Bachelor of Arts, excluding Psychology units.

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Year 3

BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne, Strathfield, Duration: 3 yrs FT (or equivalent PT) This course will provide you with the skills to pursue postgraduate study and a career as a professional psychologist. You will appreciate the principles and ethics of psychology and understand psychological assessment procedures.

Accreditation

Career options

This course is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as an accredited three-year undergraduate degree in psychology. If you complete the Honours program you will be eligible for probationary registration as a psychologist.

Graduates can pursue a range of careers within counselling, child development, community work, human services, and, following further study, a career as a professional psychologist. Further study Graduates may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree or the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.

SAMPLE PROGRAM MAP - BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE Year 1

Semester 1

Psychology A

Theology or Philosophy unit

General elective

Introduction to Counselling & Micro Skills or Introduction to Family Studies*

Semester 2

Psychology B

Theology or Philosophy unit

Research Design and Statistics I

Humanistic Theories & Interventions or Family Studies*

Semester 1

Lifespan Development

Biological Psychology

Research Design and Statistics II

Ethical & Professional Issues in Counselling or Family Studies*

Semester 2

General elective

Learning & Perception

Abnormal Psychology

Mediation & Dispute Resolution or Family Studies*

Year 2

Learning in the Community Year 3

Semester 1

Individual Differences & Assessment

Research Design & Statistics III

Psychology elective General elective

Semester 2

Cognitive Psychology

Social Psychology

Psychology elective General elective

* Offered in Melbourne only.

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne Duration: 3 yrs FT (or equivalent PT) This course will provide you with theoretical insights and practical competencies to play a creative role in a variety of public and community-based settings. You will engage in dialogue between sociology and behavioural science and develop competence in the human services sector.

Career options Graduates can pursue a range of careers, including community development worker, community planner, human resource manager, market researcher, policy maker, analyst or adviser in government departments, government, and social welfare. Honours

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (HONOURS)

Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne Duration: 1 yr FT (or equivalent PT) The Honours course will give you the opportunity to study advanced units in sociology and engage in research. All students complete a major in sociology and a minor chosen from Australian Studies, Counselling, Family Studies+, Politics+, Psychology, or Youth Work+. +

Melbourne Campus only.

SAMPLE PROGRAM MAP - BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE Year 1

Semester 1

Introduction to Sociology

Psychology A

Elective

Program core unit

Semester 2

Contemporary Society and Change

Psychology B

Research Design and Statistics 1 Program core unit

Semester 1

Sociology Theory and Practice

Lifespan Development Psychology elective

Elective

Semester 2

Qualitative Sociological Research Methods

Abnormal Psychology

Elective

Social Issues and Policies

Year 2

Learning in the Community Year 3

Semester 1

Quantitative Sociological Research Methods

Sociology elective

Elective

Psychology elective

Semester 2

Sociology Elective

Sociology elective

Elective

Psychology elective

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BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (PSYCHOLOGY)

Accreditation and career progression as a psychologist

Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne Duration: 3 yrs FT (or equivalent PT)

This course is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an accredited threeyear undergraduate sequence in psychology. ACU offers two fourth-year APAC-accredited psychology programs if you want to become a professional psychologist. Students who go on to complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology program will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist in any state or territory.

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of the social and behavioural sciences. Graduates will develop a sense of the importance of community service and public debate relevant to social, psychological or pastoral concerns within Australia.

Career options Graduates can pursue a range of careers within government departments, ministries and local government as evaluators, policy analysts or advisory officers. Honours

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (HONOURS) Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne Duration: 1 yr FT (or equivalent PT) The Honours course will give you the opportunity to study advanced units in sociology and engage in research.

PSYCHOLOGY AT ACU BACHELOR OF ARTS (PSYCHOLOGY)*

BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE*

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (PSYCHOLOGY)*

12 Psychology units 4 Arts minor units 4 elective units

12 Psychology units 4 Counselling minor units

12 Psychology units 8 Sociology major units

Further study in accredited advanced psychology programs

Employment as: school counsellor, guidance convenor, human recourses, community agencies

Psychologist * Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK Campus: Brisbane, Canberra, Strathfield Duration: 2 yrs FT (or equivalent PT)

(After completion of at least two-thirds of a recognised bachelor’s degree, which includes foundational studies in psychology and sociology or equivalent)

This course will provide you with an education in social work informed by a critical understanding of social science disciplines and orientated to best professional values and practices. You will understand social processes and human behaviour and be committed

to empowering vulnerable members of society to change the conditions in which they live. Accreditation This nationally recognised award was developed in close consultation with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates of the course are eligible for membership of the AASW. Career options Graduates can pursue a range of careers within community organisations, government and welfare agencies,

human services, policy formation, social administration, and program planning. Honours

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK (HONOURS) Campus: Brisbane, Canberra, Strathfield Duration: 2 yrs FT (or equivalent PT) The Honours course will equip you with an advanced knowledge of social work theory. You will also develop skills in research design and methods, as well as undertaking research into social work.

SAMPLE PROGRAM MAP - BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

This is an advanced entry program requiring students to have a minimum of two years of prior tertiary study. Year 3

Semester 1

Introduction to Social Work

Social Work Research

Theoretical Frameworks for Social Work Practice

Semester 2

Social Work Field Education 1

Social Work Practice with Children, Social Work and the Law Young People and Families

Semester 1

Public Policy for Social Workers

Individual and Community Risk and Resilience

Social Work Practice with Communities

Semester 2

Social Work Field Education 2

Social Work and Mental Health

Organisational Practice

Social Work Practice with Individuals and Groups 1

Year 4

Note: Students may also be interested in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work (see page 33).

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Social Work Practice with Individuals and Groups 2

BACHELOR OF YOUTH WORK Campus: Melbourne Duration: 3 yrs FT (or equivalent PT) This course was developed in response to community need for highly trained and skilled youth workers to meet the demands of young people. You will acquire theoretical insights and practical competencies that will prepare you to meet the diverse challenges and demands of young people in a range of public and community-based settings.

As a professional, you will be committed to ethical practice and serving the common good. You will develop effective prevention and intervention strategies to understand the issues confronting young people and youth workers. Professional experience

Career options Graduates can pursue a range of careers within community support services, policy development, charities, Christian organisations, community centres, corrective institutions, hospitals, schools and youth agencies.

In your first year, you will be required to visit agencies and observe first-hand the characteristics of youth work. In your second and third years, you will actively work with young people within an agency.

SAMPLE PROGRAM MAP - BACHELOR OF YOUTH WORK Year 1

Semester 1

History of Young People

Program core unit

Introduction to Sociology

Elective

Semester 2

Wellbeing and Young People

Ethical Principals and Practice of Youth Work

Sociology major

Working with Youth Agencies and Organisations

Semester 1

Researching Young People

Building Relationships and Supporting Young People

Sociology major

Elective

Semester 2

Case Management in Youth Work

Program core unit

Sociology major

Youth Work Placement

Year 2

Learning in the Community Year 3

Semester 1

Youth Work in Community Settings

Sociology major

Sociology major

Interface with Youth

Semester 2

Youth Policy

Elective

Sociology major

Sociology major

Note: Electives are chosen from the units offered in the Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Arts.

Dual degrees BACHELOR OF ARTS/ BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK Campus: Brisbane, Strathfield Duration: 4 yrs FT (or equivalent PT) This dual degree will provide you with an education that is informed and enriched by a critical understanding of the liberal arts while being orientated to the professional values and practice of the profession of social work.

Accreditation Graduates of the program are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

health and rehabilitation, policy and political science, social action, administration and social service.

Career options Graduates can pursue a range of careers in social work, administration and policy development, community organisations, community services, corrective services,

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