Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Behavioural Science is a unique trans-disciplinary social science based on a foundation of critical psychology, political science, cultural studies and sociology. Integrating specialised knowledge developed in these social science disciplines, and with a strong focus on critical psychology, means that the degree provides the nexus between understandings and practices of traditional psychology and social work. Students develop an understanding of their place and role in society as well as respect for social and cultural diversity. Embedded within the degree is a specific emphasis on the assumptions and practices that promote substantive reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Students are encouraged to incorporate political, economic, cultural and other social influences that promote or obstruct human behaviour. They learn to analyse the individual, group, and societal levels to examine how people respond to the various situations they experience; this includes the influences that institutions and systems have on people. Graduates work with those who may be experiencing marginalisation to develop and support social justice based on empowerment and liberation. They critically evaluate information and apply professional reflexive practice to any career that requires analysis and interpretation of human behaviour to promote wellbeing.
- 3 core curriculum courses
- 1 academic writing course
- 12 behavioural science courses
- 8 elective courses (which can be used to form a second major or minor)
- Behavioural science
Standard entry requirements
- Refer to Notre Dame general admission criteria
Applicants may consider a Notre Dame Australia enabling program as an entry pathway. The School of Arts and Sciences offers a vertical degree allows you to study undergraduate and postgraduate consecutively, which reduces the overall duration of these programs. Students completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science can choose to opt in to the vertical double degree any time before their third year.