Bachelor of Social Science

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

ATAR/OP
60 / 15
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
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. 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.

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

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

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 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.

Australian/Domestic students

Gold Coast
Session 2 July 2021
Online
Session 2 July 2021
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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.

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.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

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

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 structure




Course progressions

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

TitleNote
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

TitleNote
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


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