Psychology, Major (0001)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0001

Previous Code: KT1000.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University programs?  No

Psychology is the field of inquiry that uses scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain behaviour and experience. As a profession, it involves the application of psychological knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour. Subjects in the program are drawn from the following core areas of psychology: brain and behaviour, learning, motivation and emotion, social psychology, lifespan development, perception and cognitive processes.


Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown City Campus Internal
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal
Penrith Campus Internal


The Major in Psychology offered within the Bachelor of Arts is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an undergraduate three year sequence in Psychology. 

Major Structure

The accredited Psychology Major requires the four BA Core subjects and the sequence of subjects in the recommended sequence.

Subject Title Credit Points
Arts Core Subjects
HUMN 1052Australian Politics and Active Citizenship10
LANG 1030Thinking Critically About Texts and Society10
HUMN 1053Diversity, Language and Culture10
LANG 1029Foundations of Academic English10

Equivalent Core Subjects

The core subjects listed below count towards completion of this major for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.

HUMN 1002 - Analytical Reading and Writing, replaced by LANG 1029 Foundations of Academic English
HUMN 1005 - Australia and the World, replaced by HUMN 1052 Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
HUMN 1009 - Contemporary Society, replaced by HUMN 1053 Diversity, Language and Culture
LANG 1026 - Texts and Traditions, replaced by LANG 1030 Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Recommended Sequence

Bankstown, Penrith and Parramatta South Campuses

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1018 Psychology: Human Behaviour 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
BEHV 1016 Psychology: Behavioural Science 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
BEHV 2002 Brain and Behaviour 10
MATH 2006 Experimental Design and Analysis 10
BEHV 2010 Perception 10
 Credit Points30
Spring session
BEHV 2005 Human Learning 10
BEHV 3014 Motivation and Emotion 10
BEHV 3023 Social Psychology 10
 Credit Points30
Year 3
Autumn session
BEHV 3004 Advanced Research Methods 10
BEHV 3009 Developmental Psychology 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
BEHV 3002 Abnormal Psychology 10
BEHV 3007 Cognitive Processes 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points120