Bachelor of Social Science with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Social Science with Honours at UNE?

This course is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in the areas of Psychology or Sociology, either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies. Completion of the degree to the standard of Honours Class II Division 2 or better is the normal mode of entry to the research degree of Master of Philosophy. Completion to the standard of Honours Class II Division 1 or better is the normal mode of entry to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Graduates of honours in psychology are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society and provisional registration to practise as a psychologist and for admission to the professional Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree.

Please note that admission to Honours in Psychology is only available in Trimester 1.

For Honours in Psychology only - Applications close EST 11.59pm on Wednesday 31st October 2018.

Career Opportunities

Entry to Masters level or Doctoral level research programs depends upon level of attainment. Graduates of honours in psychology are eligible for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society and provisional registration as a psychologist and for admission to the professional Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree. Examples of other careers outside academia include positions in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including roles as policy advisers, planning and research officers for state/federal government, market and social researchers, personnel officers and human resource management.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 Year Full-time
2 Years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2019 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BSocSc(Hons)
Course Type Bachelor Honours
CRICOS Code 002578G
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • 2 Years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
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Total Credit Points 48
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator.

2. Except as provided in Rule 3., a candidate for admission to the honours course shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 degree of Bachelor of Social Science from the University of New England; and

(b) have attained a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and

(c) have achieved 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in their chosen area of study; and

(d) have passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed; and

(e) have fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the school or area concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the school to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2. (b), (c), (d) and (e), may be admitted to the honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Social Science with Honours.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing shall not be granted for the dissertation component.

Academic Colours

Old Rose (BCC 157)

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Admission to Candidature

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School on the recommendation of the course coordinator.

2. Except as provided in Rule 3., a candidate for admission to the honours course shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 degree of Bachelor of Social Science from the University of New England; and
(b) have attained a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and
(c) have achieved 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in their chosen area of study; and
(d) have passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed: and
(e) have fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the School or area concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the School to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2. (b), (c), (d) and (e), may be admitted to the honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Social Science with Honours.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Advanced standing shall not be awarded for the dissertation component.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points at 400-level comprising:
(i) an advanced course work component to the value of 24 credit points in the relevant subject; and
(ii) a dissertation component to the value of 24 credit points in the relevant subject.

2. Each Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) candidate will be required to consult with thier supervisor(s). The nature and extent of such consultations will be determined by the supervisors and Head of School after consultation with the candidate prior to commencement of each year of candidature and may require face-to-face consultation.

3. A candidate may not enrol concurrently for other units at this University or at another institution, except that, upon the recommendation of the Head of School, the course coordinator may grant permission to do so.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

To view complete Program of Study click here (Psychology)

To view complete Program of Study click here (Sociology)

Suspensions and Extensions to Candidature

The School may grant an extension or suspension of candidature, or a combination of both, to full-time candidates for up to six months or to part-time candidates for up to 12 months as follows:
(a) by way of extension of candidature, to compensate a candidate for time lost by ill-health or unforeseeable and unavoidable difficulties; or
(b) way of suspension of candidature, to compensate a candidate who produces evidence that they shall not be in a position to pursue work towards the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours).

Psychology candidates may be granted up to 12 months extension or suspension of candidature to compensate time lost by ill-health or unforeseeable and unaviodable circumstances.

Re-enrolment

1. Except for psychology candidates, a candidate may be granted a deferral by the School to re-enrol in a subsequent year if they withdraw from candidature by the census date of the teaching period in which they commenced. This is subject to the School being able to provide appropriate supervision.

2. Except for psychology candidates, a part-time candidate who withdraws later than the census date in the second year of enrolment but prior to two months before the submission of the dissertation as required by the relevant Head of School may re-enrol in the same subject for the degree, provided that:
(a) two years will have elapsed before such re-enrolment;
(b) the topic of study undertaken within the dissertaion is different from that of the original enrolment; and
(c) subject to the School being able to provide appropriate supervision.

3. A candidate who withdraws later than two months prior to the date on which the dissertation is required shall be deemed to have failed.

4. Except for psychology candidates, a candidate who is deemed to have failed may, after a lapse of three years, be permitted to apply for re-admission to the course, provided the proposed work is in a different topic of study within the dissertation from that of the original enrolment and subject to the School being able to provide appropriate supervision.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely Class I, Class II, and Class III. Class II shall have two divisions.
An exceptionally distinguished candidate who has been awarded First Class Honours may be awarded a University Medal.

The final class of honours will be determined on the basis of marks awarded for both dissertation and course work with 50% allocated to each.

An honours graduate who subsequently satisfies the honours requirements of another subject shall be granted a Certificate of Honours in that subject.

Calculation of Honours Result

The ratio of assessment components will equal the ratio of marks within the final grade. The calculation of results of each discipline can be found in the School's Honours Handbook.

Submission of Dissertation

Submission of the dissertation will be 39 weeks from the commencement of the trimester in which a candidate is enrolled.

Examination of Dissertation

1. The dissertation will be assessed by at least two examniners neither of whom will be the candidate's supervisor.
2. The dissertation examination processes are described in the School's Honours Handbook.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Additional Requirements

Psychology
A candidate for Psychology honours in the Bachelor of Social Science with Honours degree must have successfully completed an accredited major in Psychology within the past 10 years and have completed the following units (or equivalent) at a minimum GPA of 5.25:
1. PSYC200, PSYC202, PSYC206 and PSYC213; and
2. PSYC366, PSYC371 and PSYC372 plus at least 6 additional credit points of PSYC units at 300-level.

Note that satisfaction of these requirements does not guarantee a place in the program. The School of Psychology and Behavioural Science imposes a quota on Psychology Honours enrolments. The closing date for all applications to enter honours in Psychology is 31 October in the year prior to that in which enrolment is sought.

Sociology
Except with permission of the Sociology postgraduate coordinator, a candidate for Honours in Sociology shall have obtained 60 credit points in Sociology of which up to 12 credit points can be substituted by units in another related area; have three Distinctions or better in 300-level Sociology units; and have passed SOCY340 (Foundations of Modernity: An Introduction to Social Theory) and either SOCY345 (Mixed Methods in Social Research).

Course Aims

This course provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in the disciplinary field of either Psychology or Sociology. The course aims to encourage students to extend their intellectual range in their chosen field of study and hone their research abilities and analytical and communication techniques. It prepares students for postgraduate study and establishes a sound basis for a successful future career.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. apply advanced quantitative research techniques to real-world empirical data through statistical analysis and/or survey methodology, and judge the suitability of given methods to given applications; and/or
  2. apply advanced qualitative research techniques to real-world empirical data through a grounding in a range of qualitative methods, and judge the suitability of given methods to given applications;
  3. design, research and present a clear, coherent independent and original exposition of advanced knowledge and ideas in their area of study;
  4. apply advanced writing skills and coherently and persuasively communicate findings in an appropriate form to diverse audiences; and
  5. apply, where appropriate, an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the ethical dimensions of research.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in Psychology or Sociology, including a global perspective, as well as highly developed knowledge of research principles and methods and an advanced comprehension of one particular area of study that the student has selected to research. Supervisors will guide students to identify important resources that will be used as the basis for their dissertation. This knowledge will then be assessed throughout the degree through a range of assessment tasks to be determined by the relevant discipline, including the dissertation.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have high level communication skills, oral and written, and be able to convey ideas and information effetively to a range of audiences. Guided by their supervisor, these communication skills will be developed by students when completing, for example, ethics applications, contacting potential research participants, conducting empirical and other research, communicating their ideas orally, and in the writing of the dissertation. The honing of these skills will stand students in good stead for the workplace.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to apply logical, critical and creative thinking to solve a range of problems with intellectual independence. With initiative and judgement these skills will enable students to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts. Students will need to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources throughout their degree. Students will be taught how to evaluate and interpret information in a useful manner and will be assessed on their ability to deconstruct relevant literature and to integrate theoretical and critical approaches into their work.

Information Literacy

Graduates will recognise when information is needed, and identify, evaluate, and effectively use information as required. They will have the advanced cognitive skills to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access, critically analyse and interpret information. They will have the cognitive skills to exercise critical and creative thinking and judgement in developing new understanding of a subject.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be able to recognise, reflect on and respond appropriately to social, cultural and ethical issues. Graduates will be aware of their professional responsibilities as researchers to provide balanced and accurate research and data. In addition, students will be taught that they have a social responsibility to question and challenge some 'facts'.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be prepared for lifelong learning in pursuit of personal and professional development. Graduates will have the research and critical thinking skills as well as intellectual capacity to enable them to continually further their learning. These attributes will be fostered throughout the honours program. Through completing the coursework and dissertation students will be provided with the necessary lifelong skills to be able to, with a degree of independence, research, write about and discuss critical issues. These skills can be transferred to any discipline, will be useful in any career positions and are essentially lifelong competences.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will work independently and collaboratively to achieve individual and common goals. Graduates will be able to exercise responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others within broad parameters. Students will be required to participate in professional, respectful and ethical discussions with their supervisor, and with other students, on issues associated with their area of study.

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