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Bachelor of Social Science

Bachelors Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    BSocSc

  • Course code

    3001150

  • Credit points

    288


Overview

The Bachelor of Social Science provides students with an understanding of 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, environmental sustainability, and cross-cultural awareness, the degree facilitates capabilities that enable students to critically analyse social arrangements and identify opportunities for change. It also enables students to gain skills in working effectively with people in many different organisational settings.

The course includes majors in Sociology, and Politics and Government. It provides options for further specialisation through the selection of up to two streams (of four units each) in 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.

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.

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.

Politics and Government offers a range of units in Australian and international politics and policy. Students are introduced to ideas of power, resistance and social justice by studying institutions of government as well as non-government organisations and political forces that challenge the formal structures of power. The major enables students to develop high level skills in critical analysis by exploring the role of ideology, ideals and political culture, and how these shape outcomes that impact at the family, community, national and global levels. It includes an examination of policy-making processes and offers skills in social research methods. Students also have an opportunity to apply their learning at a practical level as well as pursuing their particular interests 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.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 , Session 2 331161 051161
Lismore Session 1 , Session 2 331101 051011
Online Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  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 (288  credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; 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 (192 credit points) comprising: any units from parts A, B or C.
  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 (96 credit points) comprising: any units from parts A or B.
  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.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 2 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 2 and so on.
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 -  Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
1st Major unit: Sociology SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government SOC00112 -  Social Policy Introductory
1st Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 2, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 -  Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
2nd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
3rd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
2nd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
3rd Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social Research Intermediate
4th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
5th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
Year 3, Session 2
6th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
7th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
4th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
5th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 4, Session 1
8th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
6th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
7th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
8th Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 -  Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 -  Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
1st Sociology unit SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society Introductory
1st Politics and Government unit POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social Research Intermediate
2nd Sociology unit
2nd Politics and Government unit
Year 2, Session 2
3rd Sociology unit
4th Sociology unit
3rd Politics and Government unit
4th Politics and Government unit
Year 3, Session 1
5th Sociology unit
6th Sociology unit
5th Politics and Government unit
6th Politics and Government unit
Year 3, Session 2
7th Sociology unit
8th Sociology unit
7th Politics and Government unit
8th Politics and Government unit

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 -  Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 -  Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
1st Major unit: Sociology Major SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics Introductory
1st Shared majors unit
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social Research Intermediate
2nd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
3rd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
Year 2, Session 2
4th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
5th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
2nd Shared majors unit
3rd Shared majors unit
Year 3, Session 1
6th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
7th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
4th Shared majors unit
5th Shared majors unit
Year 3, Session 2
8th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
6th Shared majors unit
7th Shared majors unit
8th Shared majors unit

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 -  Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 -  Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
1st Major unit: Sociology Major SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics Introductory
1st University Wide Elective unit
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social Research Intermediate
2nd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
3rd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
Year 2, Session 2
4th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
5th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
2nd University Wide Elective unit
3rd University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
6thSociology OR Politics and Government unit
7th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
4th University Wide Elective unit
5th University Wide Elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
8th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
6th University Wide Elective unit
7th University Wide Elective unit
8th University Wide Elective unit

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 -  Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 -  Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
1st Major unit: Sociology Major SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics Introductory
1st Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social Research Intermediate
2nd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
3rd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
Year 2, Session 2
4th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
5th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
2nd Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
3rd Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
Year 3, Session 1
6th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
7th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
4th Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
1st unit for Second Stream
Year 3, Session 2
8th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
2nd unit for Second Stream
3rd unit for Second Stream
4th unit for Second Stream

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 -  Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 -  Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
1st Major unit: Sociology Major SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics Introductory
1st Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social Research Intermediate
2nd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
3rd Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
Year 2, Session 2
4th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
5th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
2nd Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
1st University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 1
6th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
7th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
3rd Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
2nd University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 2
8th Sociology OR Politics and Government unit
4th Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
3rd University Wide Elective
4th University Wide Elective

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

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

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
Choice of eight (8) units from the following:
SOC01123 Deviance in Society Introductory
SOC10274 Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia Intermediate
SOC10027 Networked Society Intermediate
SOC00115 Global Inequality Intermediate
SOC20002 Economy, Ecology, and Social Life: Local and Global Perspectives Intermediate
SOC10400 Gender, Sexuality and Culture Intermediate
SOC10430 Religions and the State Intermediate
SOC20003 Society, Health and Illness Intermediate
SOC30001 Advanced Social Research Advanced
COM00471 Professional Placement Advanced
SOY10114 Independent Project Advanced
COM30001 Community Engagement Project Advanced
COM30002 Community Partnerships for Social Change II Advanced

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
Choice of eight (8) units from the following:
SOC00112 Social Policy Introductory
POL00005 Ideas and Ideals in Politics Intermediate
POL00010 Local Government Intermediate
POL10024 Justice in World Politics Advanced
POL20001 Analysing Policy Problems Intermediate
POL10023 Peace, War and International Politics Advanced
POL30001 Environmental Politics Advanced
SOC30001 Advanced Social Research Advanced
POL00013 Global Social Movements Intermediate
COM00471 Professional Placement Advanced
SOY10114 Independent Project Advanced
COM30001 Community Engagement Project Advanced
COM30002 Community Partnerships for Social Change II Advanced

Part C

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
BHS00130 Community Development Introductory
HEA10200 Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma Introductory
POL00131 International Community Development Intermediate
BIO10187 Global Environmental Issues Introductory

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
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

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
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