Course summary

With an emphasis on social justice and positive change, the Bachelor of Social Science develops your ability to interpret, analyse and offer creative solutions to problems in contemporary society, encouraging you to become a dynamic citizen in the public sphere.

You’ll develop high-level critical and analytical skills with core units covering development across the lifespan, social research, Australian politics, Indigenous world-views, philosophy, communication and community. The course covers political institutions and ideas of power, resistance and social justice and an understanding of how particular groups within society are advantaged or disadvantaged by current social arrangements.

University-wide majors are available in this course, as is the option to undertake a professional placement towards the end of your degree.

A wide range of career opportunities exist in government, social justice and welfare agencies, environmental and non-governmental organisations. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies with the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) to qualify as a social worker.

With an emphasis on social justice and positive change, the Bachelor of Social Science develops your ability to interpret, analyse and offer creative solutions to problems in contemporary society, encouraging you to become a dynamic citizen in the public sphere.

You’ll develop high-level critical and analytical skills with core units covering development across the lifespan, social research, Australian politics, Indigenous world-views, philosophy, communication and community. The course covers political institutions and ideas of power, resistance and social justice and an understanding of how particular groups within society are advantaged or disadvantaged by current social arrangements.

University-wide majors are available in this course, as is the option to undertake a professional placement towards the end of your degree.

A wide range of career opportunities exist in government, social justice and welfare agencies, environmental and non-governmental organisations. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies with the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) to qualify as a social worker.

Shared majors
You can choose a shared major as part of your degree.

Course Learning Outcome

Think critically and contextually in a diverse range of professional and personal settings.

Engage in advocacy and problem-solving regarding contemporary social and political issues.

Become effective and ethical practitioners in a wide range of vocations in public, private and community sectors.

Demonstrate an understanding of political and social processes impacting on people's life opportunities.

Demonstrate a commitment to issues of human rights, social justice and ecological sustainability.

Become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.

Research issues and construct and present an argument in written and oral forms.

Use contemporary technologies effectively.

Communicate constructively in a manner that is respectful of the diverse communities in which we live and work.

You can undertake an optional professional placement unit towards the end of your degree, to gain on-the-job experience in your chosen field and advance your career goals. Placements can be undertaken in many types of establishments or organisations such as government departments and non-government community organisations. Typical activities during placement may include policy development, specific projects, community engagement, research or grant application.


Course overview

Course code

3001150

Course abbreviation

BSocSc

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 16 core units (192 credit points), and
  • one shared major (96 credit points), or
  • 8 electives (96 credit points), or
  • one shared minor (48 credit points) plus 4 electives (48 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Social Science after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Social Science after completing the equivalent of 8 core units (96 credit points).


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Note
Year 1, Session 1
SOCI1001 - Introduction to Sociology
POLT1001 - Australian Politics
CRTV1002 - Create: Innovate: Change
1st shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
Year 1, Session 2
SOCI1005 - Social Policy
SOCI1002 - Understanding Community
SOCI1003 - Deviance in Society
2nd shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
Year 2, Session 1
SOCI2006 - Doing Social Research
POLT2004 - Analysing Policy Problems
SOCI2005 - Society, Health and Illness
3rd shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
Year 2, Session 2
SOCI2003 - Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia
POLT2001 - Ideas and Ideals in Politics
SOCI3003 - Religions and the State
4th shared major unit OR university wide elective
Year 3, Session 1
POLT2002 - Local Government
5th shared major unit OR university wide elective
6th shared major unit OR university wide elective
7th shared major unit OR university wide elective
Year 3, Session 2
POLT3001 - Peace, War and International Politics
COMM3004 - Independent Project OR COMM3002 - Professional Placement
POLT3004 - Global Social Movements
8th shared major OR university wide elective

Title Note
Year 1, Session 2
SOCI1005 - Social Policy
SOCI1002 - Understanding Community
SOCI1003 - Deviance in Society
1st shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
Year 2, Session 1
SOCI1001 - Introduction to Sociology
POLT1001 - Australian Politics
CRTV1002 - Create: Innovate: Change
2nd shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
Year 2, Session 2
SOCI2003 - Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia
POLT2001 - Ideas and Ideals in Politics
SOCI3003 - Religions and the State
3rd shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
SOCI2006 - Doing Social Research
POLT2004 - Analysing Policy Problems
SOCI2005 - Society, Health and Illness
4th shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
POLT3001 - Peace, War and International Politics
POLT3004 - Global Social Movements
5th shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
6th shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
Year 4, Session 1
COMM3004 - Independent Project OR COMM3002 - Professional Placement
POLT2002 - Local Government
7th shared major unit OR university wide elective unit
8th shared major unit OR university wide elective unit