Bachelor of Social Science with Honours

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

updated 4:02 PM on Fri, 3 September

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International snapshot

ATAR
N/A
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
1 year full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Start date
March
Course code
3507033
Course abbreviation
BSocSc(Hons)
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Course overview

The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours is a separate fourth year of study that is undertaken following the successful completion of an undergraduate Social Science or Social Welfare degree. In addition to the skills and knowledge that graduates have developed in their undergraduate degree, the Honours degree is highly regarded in providing advanced intellectual education in research, analysis and writing. It signifies a demonstrable ability in conducting research in the Social Sciences and Social Welfare. As well as a completion point for tertiary study itself, Honours also represents the starting point for entry into postgraduate and academic research.

The Honours degree includes a unit in research methodology and management that assists students to conduct a significant research project on a topic of their interest. Generally this research project will be documented in a written thesis. An Honours Supervisor will assist students at each stage of their project.

Prior to lodging an application, interested applicants must contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic. For more information refer to the School of Arts and Social Sciences Honours information

The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours is a separate fourth year of study that is undertaken following the successful completion of an undergraduate Social Science or Social Welfare degree. In addition to the skills and knowledge that graduates have developed in their undergraduate degree, the Honours degree is highly regarded in providing advanced intellectual education in research, analysis and writing. It signifies a demonstrable ability in conducting research in the Social Sciences and Social Welfare. As well as a completion point for tertiary study itself, Honours also represents the starting point for entry into postgraduate and academic research.

The Honours degree includes a unit in research methodology and management that assists students to conduct a significant research project on a topic of their interest. Generally this research project will be documented in a written thesis. An Honours Supervisor will assist students at each stage of their project.

Prior to lodging an application, interested applicants must contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic. For more information refer to the School of Arts and Social Sciences Honours information

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.

About the course

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1
LismoreSession  1
OnlineSession  1

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
Lismore
Online
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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

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in social science research.

Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, and synthesising social scientific knowledge

Demonstrate initiative and critical judgement in social scientific scholarship.

Exercise independence in identifying and formulating solutions to complex intellectual, professional and social challenges.

Practice ethical enquiry and communication.

Demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of social science knowledge with advanced understanding in at least one area.

Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of social scientific principles, methods, and concepts and the ability to apply them when researching a social problem.

Exercise autonomy in one's learning and responsibility in one's practice as a social scientist.

Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in the student's own study of social science.

Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of social scientific knowledge and the capacity to disseminate findings in diverse contexts.

Create a social science thesis/research project that demonstrates research and design skills, critical thinking, and judgement in developing new understanding.

Practice inclusive enquiry and communication.


Career opportunities

A key aim of the Honours degree is to provide graduates with research training and a range of lifelong learning skills. These skills have vocational relevance that varies depending on the professional field you wish to enter.

Adding Honours to an undergraduate degree is a useful qualification for:

  • Graduates to gain an edge for employment in vocational positions as Honours demonstrates their ability to successfully design and complete a significant research project;
  • Gaining entry into graduate programs such as the Public Service graduate program, for which Honours is often a requirement; and
  • Honours is the best pathway for those wishing to undertake a PhD, which is generally required for an academic or research-oriented career.

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 with Honours, students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:

Class of Honours

This degree may be awarded in the following classes:

      1.First Class;
      2.Second Class (Division 1);
      3.Second Class (Division 2); or
      4.Third Class.
 


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
COMM4001Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences Note 1
COMM4002Honours Research I Note 1
COMM4003Honours Research II Note 1
COMM4004Honours Research III Note 1


Course progressions

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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Session 1
COMM4001Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
N/A
COMM4002Honours Research I
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
N/A
Session 2
COMM4003Honours Research II
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
N/A
COMM4004Honours Research III
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
N/A

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 1
COMM4001Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
N/A
Year 1, Session 2
COMM4002Honours Research I
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
N/A
Year 2, Session 1
COMM4003Honours Research II
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
N/A
Year 2, Session 2
COMM4004Honours Research III
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
N/A


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit

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