Bachelor of Social Science
Why study the Bachelor of Social Science at UNE?
You'll analyse contemporary social issues and challenges, and develop the skills, knowledge and capacity to make a real difference in the world with a Bachelor of Social Science from UNE. With a focus on social justice and human rights, social change, gender equality, community welfare, sustainability and cultural diversity, choose from 11 social science majors in a flexible course structure, including opportunities for on-the-job training. You'll develop vocational and scholarly skills, and learn how to conduct social research using a range of methods, techniques and technologies from world class social researchers.
Students majoring in Psychology will graduate with a 3-year sequence in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Psychology graduates are also eligible to apply, if they meet the admission standards, for entry into the fourth year Psychology program via the Bachelor of Social Science with Honours, also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Social Science may be eligible to apply for Honours if they meet the admission standards. The Honours program shall include advanced coursework and a dissertation.
The analytical and research skills of Social Science graduates, along with their capacity to understand and unpack complex social problems and offer innovative solutions, ensure they are well placed for positions in a wide range of public and private sector organisations (as well as the necessary skills for further studies at the postgraduate level) including: federal, state and local government departments and agencies, including family, community and health services; market and social research; non-governmental organisations including aid agencies and advocacy groups; human resource management; journalism; and, academic research.
3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time
Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank
2020 STUDY OPTIONS
Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online
|Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank||72.55|
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|Total Credit Points||144|
|How to Apply||
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Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.
Assumed knowledge: any two units of English.
Recommended studies: any two units of Mathematics (if studying Psychology major).
The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.
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Admission to Candidature
A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Period of Candidature
The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.
To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level and at least 36 credit points at 300-level.
Program of Study
Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:
|Course Structure||Credit Points|
|Core Units||42 cps|
|One Approved Major||48 cps|
|Elective Units||54 cps|
Peace and Developmental Studies
Political and International Studies
Urban and Regional Studies
Award of Degree
Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Social Science.
Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Arts on completion of 48 credit points including 12 credit points from the following units: HASS100; HASS101 or WRIT101.
Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Advanced Diploma in Arts on completion of 72 credit points including 12 credit points from the following units: HASS100; HASS101 or WRIT101 and 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Social Science major. The exit pathway is not available for student who are enrolled in the following majors: Health Management; Organisational Management.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Social Science. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.
The course aims to provide a thorough grounding in the social sciences through a combination of a core set of units stressing methodological, theoretical, policy and vocational skills aspects of the area and through a choice from a wide range of majors specialising in particular areas of the social sciences.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Knowledge of a Discipline
Graduates will possess a demonstrable knowledge of research methods common to a range of social science disciplines, and will be able to prove a clear in-depth knowledge of the theoretical, methodological and empirical content and appropriate practices of two discipline areas. This knowledge will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities and will be assessed throughout the degree through a range of different activities. Graduates will be made aware of the intrinsic global nature of most social science disciplines as they are taught that the more abstract thinking and methodological skills are portable across many countries and cultures and that the fundamental ideas and approaches of social science have emerged through contributions from many areas across the globe. Individual disciplines put different levels of stress on the balance between knowledge of local and trans-local social formations as appropriate to their concerns and graduates will be assessed partly on how they can demonstrate understanding of local and global specificities in the context of their work.
Graduates are trained to communicate in workplace situations through units devoted to developing skills in writing and public presentation, and will be able to articulate complex theoretical arguments through specific training in units on thinking and theory. They will have high-level skills in communicating research results in the contexts of their specialised disciplines. These skills will be taught and practised in lectures, tutorials and online activities. Students will recognise the importance of continuing to develop their oral, visual, and written communication skills, and to be able to use appropriate communication technologies.
Graduates will be taught how to apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of discipline-specific problems and how to choose the appropriate research method for the problem at hand. They will be able to conceptualise problems at a high level of abstraction through training in theoretical thinking. They will be assessed on their ability to understand assignment tasks and to integrate relevant theory and literature into their own analysis.
Graduates will be taught how to recognise relevant information and to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access and use information. Through assessment tasks, they will learn how to critically evaluate the sources, values and validity of information, and to use information in critical and creative thinking.
Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility
Graduates will be taught to be directly familiar with the ethical issues involved in research and will be able to apply reasoning on these issues in concrete situations they may encounter in their working lives. Attention to issues such as inequality and social justice are embedded in the concerns of a number of individual majors. Assessment tasks ensure that these skills are attained at a suitable level.
The methodological and conceptualising skills graduates will possess particularly through training in the core units are highly transportable across space and time and may be ongoingly practised and perfected in work and personal situations long after graduates have left formal education. Assessment tasks ensure that these skills are attained at a suitable level.
Independence and Collaboration
The development of collaboration and group participation skills will be developed through on-campus and online interactive teaching. Graduates will learn the importance of participating in discussions in a professional, respectful and ethical manner.