Bachelor of Arts
Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It explores what humans need to develop and thrive. As most career roles involve dealing directly with people, there are distinct advantages to understanding why people behave as they do. An understanding of psychology is extremely useful for a wide range of careers – including career and employment counselling, community development, management, marketing and communications, politics, public health promotion, public relations, or training and development.This major looks at psychology within the context of our society*, where we live and work. It introduces you to the main areas of psychology including developmental, personality, clinical and social psychology.
It takes a hands-on approach and provides you with research, assessment and intervention skills. This major can also provide the foundation for the postgraduate studies required for registration as a psychologist.*You can also major in psychology (with a health focus) as part of the Bachelor of Health Science. This doesn’t qualify you as a clinical psychologist. See the Health Sciences section for details on the Bachelor of Health Science.
Structure and content
Aside from gaining a solid theoretical understanding of psychology and its applications, you will learn:
- How to conduct scientific research in psychology
- Statistical analyses and interpreting data
You will acquire additional skills throughout the programme depending on which study path they choose. Some of these skills are:
- Psychological assessment skills
- How to intervene in a professional setting
Throughout the three years of the BA, you take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life.
The Co-operative Education paper — gives you an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired throughout your psychology degree in a workplace.
The Research Project allows students to design, conduct, and report on real research.
For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.
The study of psychology at the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy looks at psychology within the context of our society; the places where we live and work. You can also study psychology as part of the Bachelor of Health Science.
285104 Research and Analysis
287901 Co-operative Education
955203 Communication and Presentation Systems
PSYC580 Introduction to Psychology A
555101 Psychology and Lifespan Development
565604 Introduction to Psychology B
PSYC680 Individuals and Identities
286108 Cognitive Psychology
286501 The Nature of Psychological Enquiry
566508 Social Psychology
566420 Abnormal Psychology
566604 Psychological Assessment
566609 Brain and Behaviour
287002 Emotions and Human Nature
287208 Critical Issues in Cultural and Social Psychology
287300 Research Project
467853 Contemporary Themes in Organisational Behaviour
567425 Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis
567602 Critical Evaluation in Psychology
567603 Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis II
567605 Positive Psychology
567606 Health Psychology
567610 Approaches to Psychological Intervention
AUT University has links in psychology with:
- Mason Clinic — Forensic Psychiatry Services
- Department of Corrections
- Waitemata District Health Board
Psychologists are professionals who have completed undergraduate studies in psychology, followed by postgraduate qualifications in a particular specialist area of professional practice in psychology. Careers include:
- Clinical psychologist
- Counselling psychologist
- Organisational psychologist
- Forensic psychologist
- Child or educational psychologist
Psychology will also provide students with greater depth in their chosen discipline if they are interested in the following careers:
- Public relations
- Marketing and communications
- Community development
- Public health promotion
- Career and employment counselling
- Teaching and training
Psychology students on City Campus
Last updated: 25-May-2015 3.41pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.