Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology


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Program Description

  • Examine connections between human behaviour, social structures and social policy, and understand how these relationships shape organisations, communities, families and individuals.
  • Choose to focus your studies on ageing and disability, and/or criminology; and graduate with a broad skill set in demand by employers in the growing area of human services.
  • Explore a range of issues like gender and identity, marginalised young people, social divisions and the significance of popular culture in modern society.
  • Gain a unique qualification that combines the study of psychology and sociology – it’s the only degree of its kind in Australia.
  • Be prepared for opportunities created by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
  • Learn innovative course content informed by cutting-edge research that has been assessed as well above world class1

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


Study a 100% online psychological science and sociology degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

University of South Australia’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology is the only degree of its kind in Australia, formally bringing together two powerful disciplinary perspectives on how we live as social beings.

As a student, you'll be challenged to think deeply about the world we live in as you explore the way individuals, groups and communities behave, think, react and interact. Studying sociology and psychology enables students to consider how these dimensions come together in everyday life.

As a graduate, you'll come out with a complementary skill set that the industry is telling us they need.

The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Australia's ageing population and increasing demand for childcare and home-based care services has contributed to a booming sector, which is predicted to show the highest rate of employment opportunities of any industry over the next five years.1

12016 employment projections, Dept of Employment

What you learn

The Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology will give you a solid foundation in the underlying principles and concepts of sociology, social policy and psychology. Professionals who can apply their knowledge from two powerful perspectives in psychological science and sociology can more readily tackle practical problems to support individuals and communities in leading happier, healthier, and more independent lives. In this degree, you will:

  • develop specialised knowledge in either ageing and disability and/or criminal justice;
  • explore topics such as sociological theory, counselling, social policy analysis and community-based and participatory research methods; and
  • solve real-world case studies relevant to the industry.

You can tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects with the choice of electives. You can select four electives from any of the University of South Australia Online degrees.

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year

  • Critical Approaches to Online Learning
  • The Social World
  • Psychology Concepts
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Politics and Citizenship in Australia
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Counselling Concepts
  • Contemporary Aboriginal Issues

Second year

  • Working with Community
  • Australian Social Policy
  • UO Developmental Psychology (BEHL 2016)
  • UO Social Enquiry Methods (HUMS 2043)
  • Minor x2
  • Elective x2

Third year

  • Clinical and Abnormal Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Sociology of Gender and Intimacy
  • Minor x2
  • Elective x2

Study Psychological Science and Sociology 100% online

Associate Professor Harry Savelsberg, Discipline Head: Program Development and Innovation, and Richard McInnes, Online Educational Designer: University of South Australia Online give an insight into what the Psychological Science and Sociology degree are about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

Why a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology

With an ageing population, and the introduction of new systems like the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), professionals need the skills to adapt to a changing environment.

Informed by the latest developments in the sector, you’ll learn course content that is relevant and up-to-date. As a graduate, you'll come out with a complementary skill needed by government and not-for-profit organisations in human services, psychology, social work, healthcare, and social assistance.

Students have a choice of specialisations in either ageing and disability and/or criminal justice. You’ll have the opportunity to explore topics such as sociological theory, counselling, social policy analysis, as well as community-based and participatory research methods.

You'll learn from award-winning researchers in their field, at a university recognised for above world-class research in psychology and sociology(1).

(1)2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Your career

Professionals in these sectors can expect to work one-on-one with individuals or families, as well as with small to medium community groups such as neighbourhoods, schools and support groups. You may also work at a larger scale, advocating for policy changes on behalf of clients, organisations, or governments.

A University of South Australia Online Psychological Science and Sociology degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Disability support coordinator: Assist people with intellectual and physical disabilities in accessing NDIS services; liaise with a range of stakeholders in order to secure suitable support, including requesting and arranging quotes from service providers; manage and coordinate participant support plans to enable independence in the home and community; consult with carers, family, external services and other key stakeholders to help provide the most well-rounded support available.
  • Aged care coordinator: Employ best practice, evidence-based tools in health promotion, person-centred care, and healthy ageing to manage lifestyle programs and activities for the elderly. Provide strong customer service, undertake regular consultation with residents and families, and tailor programs to suit identified client needs.
  • Community development officer: Deliver and support a variety of community development and wellbeing initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people from diverse community groups. Work collaboratively with key groups and agencies to develop sustainable partnerships.
  • Crime prevention officer: Develop, coordinate and implement a variety of crime prevention, safety and community development programs to reduce local crime. Develop information resources to educate citizens and the general public about crime prevention.
  • Drug/alcohol caseworker: Provide support services to people in the community living with drug and alcohol issues. Work with clients to provide specialised support including assessment, intervention and counselling. Contribute to community development initiatives that promote awareness of drug and alcohol services, healthcare and education.
  • Policy development officer and analyst: Develop and support the implementation of best practice policies, programs, projects and activities to support overall health and wellbeing at a local, state and national level. Compile qualitative and quantitative data to assess the effectiveness of current policies and regulations, and identify the expected impact of policy changes. Undertake cost-benefit analysis, impact assessments and evaluate projects to address current and emerging issues in the community.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.0]
  • IELTS listening [6.0]

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some University of South Australia Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a University of South Australia Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible).
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them.
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

1. Submit an online enquiry

If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

3. Complete your application and send through your documents

In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide the required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

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