Bachelor of Arts (Major: Behavioural Science)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

A behavioural scientist values human diversity and knows how to work collaboratively with individuals, groups and communities to advance their goals. This major looks at how people respond to various challenges in their careers, family or community life. Our students use specialist knowledge developed in the disciplines of psychology, sociology, political science and cultural studies to promote overall social wellbeing.

  • Why study this major?

    The Behavioural Science Major is based on the premise that everyone is entitled to social justice and equity and is concerned with the practical application of this premise to all aspects of human interaction. The Major equips you to promote social justice and equity, focussing on the strengths and competencies of individuals and communities. The Major promotes the concept of wellbeing for the individual person and the many and varied groups that he or she might belong to, as well as advocating for social justice at the political, cultural and economic levels of society. You will use specialist knowledge developed in the disciplines of psychology, sociology, political science and cultural studies to promote overall social wellbeing.

    Behavioural Science is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

    Alternatively you can complete a 3 year Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree.

  • Structure of Behavioural Science Major in the Bachelor of Arts

    To complete a Bachelor of Arts with a Behavioural Science Major, you are required to study 24 courses, eight of which will form the Major. Most Majors build sequentially in content, theme and skills and work towards the acquisition of advanced skills and knowledge by the completion of your third year of study. Normally, you will take at least one course from your Major in each semester.

    You may also choose to use eight elective courses to study a Second Major in another discipline or six elective courses to study a Minor in another discipline. This means you’ll have four or six more electives that you can select from any courses in the School of Arts & Sciences, providing you meet the pre-requisites that may apply.

    The Core Curriculum and compulsory Academic Writing courses are also required to make up your 24 courses.

    The Behavioural Science Major includes these requirements:

    Students must complete 200 units of credit, as follows:

    Students complete these EIGHT courses:

    • BESC1000 Developmental Psychology
    • BESC1050 Social Science Research
    • BESC2240 Discourse, Power, and Politics
    • BESC2250 Culture and Society
    • BESC3110 Research Methods and Practice
    • BESC3150 Professional Practice in Behavioural Science
    • BESC3930 Community: Policy and Development
    • BESC3940 Behavioural Science Internship

    Details of the program requirements for the Bachelor of Arts are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
      OR
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
      OR
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
      OR
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
      OR    
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
      OR
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    FEE-HELP
    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    Our graduates may follow diverse career paths in the private and public sectors, with many working in community development, youth work, policy development, and corporate liaison.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Behavioural Science) and related double degree options, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on international@nd.edu.au.

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