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Psychology and Youth Work Double Major


Provides students with a strong psychological focus and equips them to work in the youth and community sectors.

It prepares students to work as autonomous youth work professionals with the ability to draw on psychological and sociological theoretical perspectives in their work.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)



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Double Major details

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply and evaluate sustainability principles in problem solving relating to the psychology of human behaviour.
  2. Communicate ethically both inter-personally and in group contexts to a range of diverse audiences through a variety of formats including expression in research reports and proposals, online and through portfolio, interviewing, written, oral and listening skills.
  3. Critically evaluate the rigour of theoretical and methodological approaches when deciding on, initiating, planning, designing and conducting research that address psychological research problems in professional contexts.
  4. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the history and philosophy of psychology as a scientific pursuit of topics and theories for understanding personal, social, cultural including indigenous, organisational, and global human behaviours.
  5. Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of psychology.
  6. Generate, apply and evaluate basic research methods to address psychological problems, including research design, data analysis and interpretation, including the appropriate use of technologies.
  7. Integrate theoretical and technical knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology to delineate psychology as a scientific discipline and describe its major objectives.
  8. Recognise how prejudicial attitudes that exist in the reasoning of oneself and others can lead to discrimination and inequity.
  9. Reflect on the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity and other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a discipline.
  10. Review, analyse and synthesise psychological knowledge by engaging in both critical thinking and sceptical inquiry to solve problems related to human behaviour at a personal, social, cultural, organisational, and global level.

Work Experience Requirement

Students are required to complete a year-long professional placement in their second year of study.



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1101Introduction to Psychology15
PSY1111Psychology: History and Perspectives15
CSV1103Interpersonal and Helping Skills15
YWK1220Youth Issues15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1102Research Methods in Psychology 115
PSY1204Social Determinants of Behaviour15
YWK1101Principles of Youth Work15
CSV3203Working with Groups15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2202Research Methods in Psychology 215
PSY2301Learning and Motivation15
YWK2113Youth Work Professional Placement30
YWK3107Ideology and Youth Work Practice15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2305Individual Differences15
PSY2231Developmental Psychology15
YWK3211Inclusive Youth Work Practice15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3303Research Applications and Ethical Issues15
PSY3343Abnormal Psychology15
CSV2109Vulnerable People and Communities15
YWK3203Theories of Youth15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3350Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception15
YWK3231Strategies for Social Change15
CSV2116Ethics in Human Services15

Possible future job titles

Youth Worker, Government Policy Adviser

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