Be ready for the future. Your Bachelor of Psychological Science from JCU includes a wide variety of courses and is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Understand the Human Mind
The human mind is beautifully complicated, and one of the best things about working in behavioural science is the opportunity to see inside. Your understanding of the mind will start with the theoretical foundations of psychological science and how they are applied. You'll grasp the complexity of what drives our mental processes and how we apply the principles of psychology to understand and learn more.
Through subjects in psychological neuroscience, you'll learn how our biology affects the way we perceive the world around us and behave in response. With an in-depth understanding of the structure of the nervous system and how we transmit information via that system, you'll understand how humans make sense of their world and why they behave the way they do.
In subjects like psychopathology you'll begin to grasp how disorders and dysfunctions affect human beings at every level of society. You'll come to recognise the symptoms and bases for psychological disorders and how to use diagnostic criteria to understand them better. You'll also practice your skills in developing a suitable treatment for those suffering from a psychopathology.
Learn About the Power of Society
As a behavioural scientist, you'll constantly apply your understanding of how the people around us affect our behaviour. In social psychology degree courses, you'll see how the influence of other people affects how we understand ourselves and our place in the world. You'll gain a firm grasp of group dynamics and the way prejudice, cultural differences, and gender issues affect human behaviour and how to use this understanding to solve the social problems that face our society.
It's important to understand these principles in relation to physical and larger psychological health issues. Your behavioural science courses at JCU will give you an in-depth understanding of psychosocial stress, the influence of our social networks on our health, and even how issues of social psychology affect doctor-patient interactions and health outcomes of marginalised communities.
Culture and Communication
The people we interact with influence our understanding of self, and this is especially true as we interact with people of different cultures. Through subjects in intercultural psychology and cross-cultural communication, you will learn how to understand cultures from their own point of reference. You will also gain a better understanding of what defines culture and the benefits and challenges of different cultures interacting.
With JCU's connections to remote rural communities across Australia, you will gain a special understanding of Australian Indigenous psychologies and the influence of globalisation on the human mind and societal development. You'll also grow your skills as a communicator not only in the professional realm, but with people from every culture and economic background.
Law and Ethics
Through courses in forensic psychology, you'll learn about the relationship between the legal system and human behaviour. You will practice applying psychological knowledge to the criminal justice system and investigate how forensic psychology can come alongside to ensure ethical and equal treatment for all.
Your courses will also give you insight into diagnosis and treatment for incarcerated offenders as well as building your skills in relating to law enforcement personnel. You will learn the tools and techniques of forensic psychology while learning how to apply larger psychological theories to issues that arise within the justice system.