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Bachelor of Social Science BSSC

Program focus

Interdisciplinary Social Science major

This Major addresses the core aims of the Program in a more
focused way, particularly by (a) fostering those skills in theorising
and critical appraisal that help human beings make more sense of their
lives, and which are useful in a rapidly changing labour market, and
(b) providing a broad interdisciplinary understanding of people, society
and human services within society. Through interdisciplinary study,
students will develop a knowledge and intuitive understanding of the
˜boundaries™ of different social-scientific disciplines,
and begin to form their own opinions about the relative strengths
and weaknesses of disciplinary and interdisciplinary.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

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Program aims

Social scientists study people groups of people and interactions
between people. The Bachelor of Social Science program is intended
for those who want to work with people - in the public sector, NGO's
etc. - to deliver community welfare and social justice. This requires
a blend of critical appraisal and consultative skills in tasks including
community consultation and policy analysis, skills which are useful
in a changing labour market and which help students to make more sense
of their lives.

The program aims to produce graduates who will have:

  • a broad understanding of people, society and human services
    within society

  • a specialist interest in the characteristics and needs of a
    particular service area (such as education, human rights or sustainability)

  • some practical experience at appraising and evaluating human
    services and/or introducing innovations and improvements.


Graduates should obtain job satisfaction through working with
people from across society: applying their problem solving skills
to produce sustainable improvements in the targeting, delivery and
outcomes of human services in society.

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Program objectives

On completion of the Bachelor of Social Science program, graduates
will:

  • have developed a sound understanding of society, people and
    systems within society, and methods for evaluating society

  • have developed a specialist understanding of a selected aspect
    of society via the designated majors

  • be able to apply their knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary
    context to address society's problems

  • have acquired communication, numeracy, and research skills appropriate
    to the field

  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the key theories in social
    science.


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Program structure

The program comprises 24 units as follows:

  • 6 units of core courses (listed below), which can be reduced
    to 4 units if the student completes a recognised minor

  • Major 1, of 8 units, chosen from

    1. Interdisciplinary Social Science

    2. Social Justice


  • Major 2, of 8 units, chosen from

    1. Anthropology

    2. Asian Studies

    3. Behavioural Science

    4. Communication and Media Studies

    5. History

    6. Indigenous Studies

    7. International Relations

    8. Language and Culture



and either

  • one 4 unit minor chosen from


  1. Anthropology

  2. Asian Studies

  3. Communication and Media Studies

  4. Community Welfare and Development

  5. History

  6. Indigenous Studies

  7. International Relations

  8. Journalism

  9. Public Relations


or

  • 2 electives


Students may need to choose courses as electives that constitute
prerequisites for courses within their chosen Majors.

Combination 1

First Year Level Second Year Level Third Year Level Total
Core courses CMS1000 SOC1000 HMT1000and One of the following two courses SOC1001 or ANT1001 HMT2000 (students
cannot study both HMT2000 and CDS2000 within the one degree)
SOC3000 6
Major 1 eight courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least two courses at third year level.
8
Major 2 eight courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least two courses at third year level.
8
Electives two courses 2
Total 24

Combination 2

See Core Courses below for further details

First Year Level Second Year Level Third Year Level Total
Core courses Two compulsory core coursesCMS1000 SOC1000
and one of the following three courses: HMT1000,SOC1001
or ANT1001
Optional core course HMT2000 (students cannot study both HMT2000
and CDS2000 within the one degree)
Compulsory core course SOC3000 4
Major 1 eight courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least two courses at third year level.
8
Major 2 eight courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least two courses at third year level.
8
Minor four courses from an approved listed minor 4
Total 24

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Core courses

The following table sets out the core courses and the recommended
enrolment pattern in the core courses by full-time on-campus students.

Year Semester Course
Year 1 Semester 1 CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship
Year 1 Semester 1 SOC1000 Approaches to the Social Sciences
Year 1 Semester 2 HMT1000 History of Western Ideas
Year 1 Semester 1 or Semester 2 SOC1001 Conflict and Peace (S1)
OR ANT1001 Introductory Anthropology (S1)
Year 2 Semester 1 HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights
(students cannot study both HMT2000 and CDS2000 within the one degree)
Year 3 Semester 2 SOC3000 Collaborative Community Problem Solving

* Note: students may reduce the number of Core courses to four,
if they complete a recognised Minor. The four courses must include CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship,SOC1000 Approaches to the Social Sciences and SOC3000 Collaborative Community Problem Solving.

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Minor studies

Minor studies are designed to enable students to widen their
knowledge and perspectives, or to complement their choice of major.
Students who take one of the following Minors may reduce the number
of core courses in the degree to four, subject to the restrictions
stated above. The recognised Minors in the Bachelor of Social Science
degree are as follows:

Minors available
Asian Studies Indigenous Studies
Anthropology International Relations
Communications and Media Studies Journalism
Community Welfare and Development Public Relations
History

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Elective courses

Elective courses

Elective courses are designed to enable students to further
increase their knowledge and widen their perspectives. Choice of an
elective will depend on the availability of the course(s), timetabling
constraints, quotas, and other restrictions such as prerequisites
and entrance requirements. Where students choose to take elective
courses, they are encouraged to choose courses that are social scientific
in ethos and which complement their chosen majors however, electives
can be freely chosen from across the university.

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