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Psychology - Children and Family Studies Double Major


Designed for students seeking a degree in psychology and a qualification to work as a qualified child and family services practitioner within the public, private and community sectors.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)



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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.

Clinical or professional work placement Requirement

This double major contains two Professional Practice placements. The first one is undertaken in the first year of study, while the second is a year-long practicum unit in the third year of study.

Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

Students are required to provide evidence of a valid Working With Children Check.

Professional practice rules

Practical Placement requirements are determined by Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1101Introduction to Psychology15
PSY1111Psychology: History and Perspectives15
CHN1101Ecology of Children and Families 115
CHN1103Working with Infants and Toddlers15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1102Research Methods in Psychology 115
PSY1204Social Determinants of Behaviour15
CHN1102Ecology of Children and Families 215
CSV1103Interpersonal and Helping Skills15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2202Research Methods in Psychology 215
PSY2301Learning and Motivation15
CHN3203Child Rearing15
CHN3130Purpose of Play15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2305Individual Differences15
PSY2231Developmental Psychology15
CSV2108Culture, Equity and Diversity15
CSV2115Leadership and Management in Community Services15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3303Research Applications and Ethical Issues15
PSY3343Abnormal Psychology15
CSV2109Vulnerable People and Communities15
CHN3113Children and Family Studies Professional Placement30
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3350Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception15
CHN3206Designing Family Support Programmes15

Possible future job titles

Early Childhood and Care Educator, Children Services Coordinator, Coordinator of Parent Education and Early Intervention Programs, Family Support Officer/Coordinator, Community Development Officer/Coordinator, Policy Officer

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