Bachelor of Social Science

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 3:27 PM on Wed, 21 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
3001150
Course abbreviation
BSocSc
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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.

Shape your studies through majors in sociology and politics and government; or choose from study streams in development studies, cultural studies and welfare studies. University-wide majors are also 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.

Shape your studies through majors in sociology and politics and government; or choose from study streams in development studies, cultural studies and welfare studies. University-wide majors are also 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.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

Credit for prior learning

Where a student has completed multiple awards of the same level below AQF level 7, only one will be assessed for Advanced Standing.

About the course

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 skill in critical analysis and social research and apply these to contemporary issues and debates. They have the opportunity to undertake independent studies in sociology, as well as participating in work-integrated learning.

Politics and government offers a range of Australian and international politics and policy units. 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. This 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. 

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

Please note that some units in this course are only available to study online.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

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. 5. 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.


Assessment methods

Assessment items may include essays, research reports, case analysis, the use of blogs and wikis, or video presentations. Some units have an examination.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist in state and federal governments and agencies in various capacities, including policy roles. Pathways to careers exist in the non-government sector, for example in social justice, environmental and charitable organisations. Many graduates also find employment in agencies that deliver community and welfare services to disadvantaged groups.

Graduates may also choose to continue their studies in the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying), accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers, to qualify as a social worker.

Professional placement

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.

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students

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International future
students

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Current
students

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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 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.

Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Part A

POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate

Part B

Part C



Course progressions

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

TitleLevel of learningNote
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 CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
1st Major unit: Sociology SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government SOC00112 -  Social PolicyIntroductory
1st Second Major OR University Wide Elective unit
Year 2, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
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 LifespanIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
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

TitleLevel of learningNote
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 PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
1st Sociology unit SOC01123 -  Deviance in SocietyIntroductory
1st Politics and Government unit POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in PoliticsIntermediate
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
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

TitleLevel of learningNote
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 PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
1st Major unit: Sociology Major SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in PoliticsIntroductory
1st Shared majors unit
Year 2, Session 1

BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
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

TitleLevel of learningNote
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 PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
1st Major unit: Sociology Major SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in PoliticsIntroductory
1st University Wide Elective unit
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
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

TitleLevel of learningNote
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 PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
1st Major unit: Sociology Major SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in PoliticsIntroductory
1st Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
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

TitleLevel of learningNote
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 PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10296 -  Understanding CommunityIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
1st Major unit: Sociology Major SOC01123 -  Deviance in Society OR Politics and Government POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in PoliticsIntroductory
1st Development Studies OR Welfare Studies OR Cultural Studies unit
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
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 groups

Cultural Studies

TitleLevel of learningNote
Choice of four (4) units from the following:
HUM00270 -  Doing Cultural StudiesIntroductory
HUM00272 -  Space, Place and TravelIntermediate
CUL00211 -  Perspectives on AustraliaIntroductory
HUM00273 -  Borderlands: Identity, Culture and BelongingAdvanced
HUM00274 -  EcoCultural StudiesAdvanced

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