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.
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.
|Graduate Attribute||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.
|Knowledge of a discipline|
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.
|Communication and social skills|
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 items may include essays, research reports, case analysis, the use of blogs and wikis, or video presentations. Some units have an examination.
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 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.
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.