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E94 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology - Children and Family Studies)

The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology - Children and Family Studies) will provide graduates in the children’s services field with a strong psychological focus which would provide a complementary addition to the field.  This double major would be useful to students seeking a degree in Psychology and a qualification to work as a qualified children’s service practitioner.  It is also helpful to those wishing to pursue postgraduate work and become school or family counsellors.



This course is available by full-time or part-time study on Joondalup Campus.  It is also available externally.



Standard university admission requirements, but if entry to Psychology is higher than basic entry, this will be the standard adhered to.



The three year full-time program comprises 24 units to be completed in strict year sequence (i.e., all first year units must be completed before proceeding to second year units, and second year units must be completed before proceeding to third year units).  The program comprises 12 units in Psychology and 12 units in Children and Family Studies.



Graduates will hold a degree accredited by the Australian Psychological Society and one recognised by the Children's Services Industry in all States of Australia.



All units in the double major except four practical Children and Family Studies units will be HECS based.  The four practical Children and Family Studies units are currently delivered by Central TAFE on Joondalup campus or through their external studies program.  Students will pay fees directly to TAFE on enrolment in these units.  The TAFE fees are generally less than the equivalent HECS fee and in no case more than the student would normally pay for a HECS based unit.  Central TAFE invoices ECU International office for International students undertaking these practical units.



Semester 1
CHN1100 Facilitating Play 15
CHN1130 Purpose of Play 15
PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology 15
PSY1102 Research Methods in Psychology 1 15
Semester 2
CHN1102 Ecology of Children and Families 2 15
CHN3107 Working with Children in Community Settings 15
PSY1203 Biological Determinants of Behaviour 15
PSY1204 Social Determinants of Behaviour 15
Semester 1
CHN1101 Ecology of Children and Families 1 15
CHN3203 Child Rearing 15
PSY2202 Research Methods in Psychology 2 15
PSY2301 Learning and Motivation 15
Semester 2
CHN3104 Family Diversity and Difference 15
CSV3112 Administration and Management in Community and Public Services 15
PSY2203 Psychology of Interpersonal Skills 15
PSY2231 Developmental Psychology 15
Semester 1
CHN3108 Working with Infants and Toddlers 15
CHN3205 Advocating for Change: Children and Families at Risk 15
PSY3303 Research Applications and Ethical Issues 15
PSY3343 Abnormal Psychology 15
Semester 2
CHN3210 Designing Programs for Children 15
CHN3206 Designing Family Support Programmes 15
PSY3202 Personality 15
PSY3304 Cognition 15
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 18/11/2004