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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    Online
    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time, 8 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Apply now for next intake

  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location:

    NSW

  • Career Outcomes:

    Business Manager | Marketing Manager | Counsellor | View all

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About this course

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University is a highly specialised double degree that fosters the professional, organisational and communication skills required to forge a successful career in business management.

By combining the study of human behavioural processes with fundamental business training, students will receive a multidisciplinary grounding in skills crucial to effective management.

The course is designed to develop critical analysis and scientific methods, and aims to prepare students to ask the right questions, search for relevant data and interpret results. Students will also be trained to become highly dynamic communicators, with the course targeting skills such as rational argument, critical evaluation and effective listening and writing.

Distance education students should also note this course includes a compulsory residential school component for some subjects.

How to Get In

To be eligible to enter this program, applicants must:

  • Have completed the Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of at least 66 or equivalent
  • AND

  • Meet minimum requirements for English language proficiency

Areas of study

In this Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business course, the subjects you will study include:

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) core subjects:

  • Foundations of psychology 1
  • Foundations of psychology 2
  • Introduction to psychological enquiry
  • Research methods and statistics in psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Psychological testing
  • Biopsychology
  • Advanced research methods and statistics in psychology
  • Qualitative research methods

And at least three of the following subjects:

  • Language and subjectivity
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychology of personality
  • Cognition
  • Psychology of learning

Plus one subject chosen from the remaining core level 3 psychology subjects, OR from the following:

  • Indigenous Australians and psychology: an introduction
  • Psychology of crime
  • Health psychology
  • Psychology of substance abuse
  • Psychology international experience
  • Psychology and the legal system

Compulsory sociology subjects:

  • Introductory sociology
  • Social inequality

Bachelor of Business core subjects:

  • Business economics
  • Organisations and management
  • Ethics and sustainability culture

Foundation subjects (choose at least two):

  • Accounting 1: information for businesses
  • Business placement
  • Communication and information management
  • Business law
  • Marketing and society (excluded for students majoring in marketing)

Human resource management specialisation subjects:

  • Human resource management
  • Developing human resources
  • Issues in human resource management
  • Strategic human resource management

And at least four subjects from the following:

  • Labour economics
  • Industrial relations in Australia
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Managing change
  • Business strategy
  • Leadership issues

Management specialisation subjects:

  • Human resource management
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Service operations management
  • Business strategy

And at least four subjects from the following:

  • Industrial relations in Australia
  • Business organisations law
  • E-commerce
  • Project management
  • Managing change
  • International business management
  • Leadership issues

Marketing specialisation subjects:

  • Marketing and society
  • Buyer behaviour
  • Market research
  • Strategic marketing management

And at least four subjects from the following:

  • Brand management
  • Market analysis
  • International marketing
  • Marketing communications
  • Marketing of services
  • B2B marketing
  • Product innovation management
Charles Sturt University One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Bathurst

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon completion of this course, you will have gained the knowledge and skills to become an effective and professionally responsible businessperson with core capabilities in organisational management.

Graduates are provided with the dual competencies of psychology and business, offering prospects in a wide range of career paths in both private and government sectors. Fields such as human resources, personnel, market research, community services, health and social welfare present a number of opportunities for employment.

  • Business Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Counsellor

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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