Course summary

The Bachelor of Social Science focuses on understanding society and its institutions, and the way in which they impact on people and their lives. Underpinned by the values of social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability, the degree facilitates knowledge and skills to help students critically analyse social arrangements and identify opportunities for change. It also enables students to gain skills in working effectively with people in a wide range of organisational settings.

This degree includes majors in sociology and policy and governance. It also provides options for further streams in areas such as development studies, cultural studies and welfare studies. A selection of majors from across the University is also available in this course.

The degree builds transferable knowledge and skills that can be applied in many different settings, such as the public service, community agencies, advocacy and lobbying organisations, and international aid organisations.

The Bachelor of Social Science focuses on understanding society and its institutions, and the way in which they impact on people and their lives. Underpinned by the values of social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability, the degree facilitates knowledge and skills to help students critically analyse social arrangements and identify opportunities for change. It also enables students to gain skills in working effectively with people in a wide range of organisational settings.

This degree includes majors in sociology and policy and governance. It also provides options for further streams in areas such as development studies, cultural studies and welfare studies. A selection of majors from across the University is also available in this course.

The degree builds transferable knowledge and skills that can be applied in many different settings, such as the public service, community agencies, advocacy and lobbying organisations, and international aid organisations.

Sociology examines the many forces that affect how people experience society and provides an understanding of how particular groups within society may be disadvantaged. It examines the operation of key social institutions, such as the family, religion and the economy. Students develop skills in critical analysis and social research and apply these to contemporary issues and debates. The major includes an analysis of the changing conditions of work and personal relationships, as well as the impact of social forces on health and wellbeing. It also addresses changing patterns of social communication, including the use of social networking. Students have the opportunity of undertaking independent studies in sociology, as well as participating in work-integrated learning and a community partnership project.

Policy and Governance examines the multi-faceted systems and processes involved in policy-making and governance. This involves developing an in-depth knowledge not just of the formal institutions of government, but also the organised practices that determine how citizens are governed. The major enables students to develop high level skills in critical analysis through exploring how ideology and social discourse impact on governance, policy-making and people’s everyday lives. The major includes an examination of policy-making processes, how policy problems are analysed and the relevance of social research. Students have the opportunity to apply their learning through a professional placement or a community partnership project, as well as extending their learning through independent study.

Streams: These include development studies, which addresses local and global community development strategies and issues; cultural studies, which engages with various understandings of identity, power and place; and welfare studies, which enables students to understand the processes involved in the planning and delivery of community services. Students have the option of selecting up to two streams (made up of a minimum of four units).

Additional majorsUniversity-wide majors are also available in this course.

Please note that some units in this course are only available to study by distance education.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

Creativity

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

Ethical practice

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

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of political and social processes impacting on people's life opportunities. 5. Demonstrate a commitment to issues of human rights, social justice and ecological sustainability.

Lifelong learning

Become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.

Communication and social skills

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

Use contemporary technologies effectively.

Cultural competence

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

Students can undertake an optional professional placement unit towards the end of the degree, to gain on-the-job experience in their chosen field and advance their 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 can include policy development, specific projects, community engagement, or grant applications.


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 331161 051161
Lismore Session 1 331101 051011
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.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Social Science degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. two (2) majors from Part B; or
    3. one (1) major from Part B plus two (2) streams of four (4) units each from Part C; or
    4. one (1) major from Part B plus one (1) stream of four (4) units from Part C and four (4) elective units chosen from any undergraduate degree offered by the University; or
    5. one (1) major from Part B plus eight (8) electives chosen from any undergraduate degree offered by the University; or
    6. one (1) major from Part B plus one (1) University-wide Major.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Social Science a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising: any units from parts A, B or C listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled for the Bachelor of Social Science, has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Social Science may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Social Science following withdrawal from the Bachelor Degree.
  4. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Social Science a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units comprising: any units from parts A or B listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  5. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor or Social Science, has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Social Science may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Social Science following withdrawal from the Bachelor Degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
SOC10399 - Critical Thinking for Digital Times Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate

Part B

Part C

Title Level of learning Note
Choice of four (4) units from the following:
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
SOY10108 - Advocacy and Change Intermediate
SOC00107 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Intermediate
WEL30001 - Youth Work Intermediate
WEL30002 - Disability and Community Practice Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
Choice of four (4) units from the following:
HUM00270 - Doing Cultural Studies Introductory
HUM00272 - Space, Place and Travel Intermediate
CUL00211 - Perspectives on Australia Introductory
HUM00273 - Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging Advanced
HUM00274 - EcoCultural Studies Advanced

Course progressions

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

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Governance and Policy Major Unit: [[U167093] Social Policy
Session 1, Year 1
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Third Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Select your Part C Stream from: Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies
First Part C Stream Unit
Session 2, Year 2
Fourth Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Fifth Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Second Part C Stream Unit
First University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 1, Year 3
Sixth Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Seventh Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Third Part C Stream Unit
Second University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 2, Year 3
Eighth Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Fourth Part C Stream Unit
Third University Wide Elective unit
Fourth University Wide Elective unit Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
First Governance and Policy Major Unit: SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Session 2, Year 1
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Major Unit: SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Third Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
First University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 2, Year 2
Fourth Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Fifth Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Second University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Third University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 1, Year 3
Sixth Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Seventh Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Fourth University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Fifth University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 2, Year 3
Eighth Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Sixth University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Seventh University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Eighth University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Governance and Policy Major Unit: SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Third Governance and Policy Major Unit: SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Select your University Wide Major from: University-wide majors
First University Wide Major Unit
Session 2, Year 2
Fourth Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Second Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Second University Wide Major Unit
Third University Wide Major Unit
Session 1, Year 3
Sixth Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Seventh Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Fourth University Wide Major Unit
Fifth University Wide Major Unit
Session 2, Year 3
Eighth Major Unit from: Policy and Governance
Sixth University Wide Major Unit
Seventh University Wide Major Unit
Eighth University Wide Major Unit

Title Level of learning Note
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Sociology Major Unit: SOC01123 - Deviance in Society Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Major Unit: SOC01123 - Deviance in Society Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Major Unit from: Sociology
Third Major Unit from: Sociology Note 1
First University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 2, Year 2
Fourth Major Unit from: Sociology
Fifth Major Unit from: Sociology
Second University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Third University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 1, Year 3
Sixth Major Unit from: Sociology
Seventh Major Unit from: Sociology
Fourth University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Fifth University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 2, Year 3
Eighth Major Unit from: Sociology
Sixth University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Seventh University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Eighth University Wide Elective unit Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
Session 2, Year 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Sociology Major Unit: SOC01123 - Deviance in Society Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Third Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Select your Part C Stream from: Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies
First Part C Stream Unit
Session 2, Year 2
Fourth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Fifth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Second Part C Stream Unit
First University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 1, Year 2
Sixth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Seventh Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Third Part C Stream Unit
First University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Session 2, Year 3
Eighth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Fourth Part C Stream Unit
Third University Wide Elective unit Note 1
Fourth University Wide Elective unit

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Sociology Major Unit: SOC01123 - Deviance in Society Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Third Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Select your First Part C Stream from: Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies
First Unit from First Part C Stream
Session 2, Year 2
Fourth Major Unit from: Sociology
Fifth Major Unit from: Sociology
Second Unit from First Part C Stream
Select your Second Part C Stream from: Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies
First Unit from Second Part C Stream
Session 1, Year 3
Sixth Major Unit from: Sociology
Seventh Major Unit from: Sociology
Third Unit from First Part C Stream
Second Unit from Second Part C Stream
Session 2, Year 3
Eighth Major Unit from: Sociology
Fourth Unit from First Part C Stream
Third Unit from Second Part C Stream
Fourth Unit from Second Part C Stream

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
First Sociology Major Unit: SOC01123 - Deviance in Society Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Third Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
First Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Session 1, Year 2
Fourth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Fifth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Second Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Third Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Session 1, Year 3
Sixth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Seventh Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Fourth Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Fifth Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Session 1, Year 3
Eighth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Sixth Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Seventh Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance
Eighth Governance and Policy Major Unit: Policy and Governance

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Sociology Major Unit: SOC01123 - Deviance in Society Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Third Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Select your University Wide Major from: University-wide majors
First University Wide Major Unit
Session 2, Year 2
Fourth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Fifth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Second University Wide Major Unit
Third University Wide Major Unit
Session 1, Year 3
Sixth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Seventh Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Fourth University Wide Major Unit
Fifth University Wide Major Unit
Session 2, Year 3
Eighth Sociology Major Unit: Sociology
Sixth University Wide Major Unit
Seventh University Wide Major Unit
Eighth University Wide Major Unit

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
Session 2, Year 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units for Session 2, Year 2
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
First Governance and Policy Major Unit: SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Second Major Unit from: Sociology
Third Major Unit from: Sociology
Select your First Part C Stream from: Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies
First Unit from First Part C Stream
Session 2, Year 2
Fourth Major Unit from: Sociology
Fifth Major Unit from: Sociology
Second Unit from First Part C Stream
Select your Second Part C Stream from: Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies
First Unit from Second Part C Stream
Session 1, Year 3
Sixth Major Unit from: Sociology
Seventh Major Unit from: Sociology
Third Unit from First Part C Stream
Second Unit from Second Part C Stream
Session 2, Year 3
Eighth Major Unit from: Sociology
Fourth Unit from First Part C Stream
Third Unit from Second Part C Stream
Fourth Unit from Second Part C Stream

Notes

Note 1: University Wide Elective is any unit offered within the undergraduate schedule of units. Please check you meet the pre requisite requirements.

Unit groups

Welfare Studies

Title Level of learning Note
Choice of four (4) units from the following:
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
SOY10108 - Advocacy and Change Intermediate
SOC00107 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Intermediate
WEL30001 - Youth Work Intermediate
WEL30002 - Disability and Community Practice Intermediate

Cultural Studies

Title Level of learning Note
Choice of four (4) units from the following:
HUM00270 - Doing Cultural Studies Introductory
HUM00272 - Space, Place and Travel Intermediate
CUL00211 - Perspectives on Australia Introductory
HUM00273 - Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging Advanced
HUM00274 - EcoCultural Studies Advanced