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Bachelor of Social Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324011

CRICOS 022494B

The Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide provides students with the skills to investigate, analyse and interpret the major social justice challenges we face in our increasingly globalised world.

These challenges include: homelessness and youth homelessness; closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with regard to health, education and employment; gender inequity in the workplace; children living in poverty; the impact on communities due to the decline of manufacturing; and unequal education provision.

Students will learn about social justice and the differing needs in society, and develop the skills to respond to these critical problems and make change. Students will also build valuable qualitative and quantitative research skills and have the opportunity to design their own independent research projects.

This degree will appeal to high school applicants who are currently enjoying humanities subjects such as Society & Culture or Women’s Studies, as well as appealing to general applicants who are interested in developing skills so they can make a positive difference in the world.

  • Entry Requirements

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 324011
    2016 CSP ATAR 66.45
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324011

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 022494B
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1120
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] [1] 70%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,575

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates work in careers in social planning, government policy making, market research, media and public relations, aid development organisations, environmental agencies and the health sector.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career

    Potential careers

    Development Officer, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Anthropologist, Community Development Officer, Non Government Organisation Worker, Internet Consultant, Advertising Officer, Analyst, Market Researcher, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Political Adviser, Politician, Project Manager, Project Officer, Research Manager, Researcher, Risk Manager, Strategist, Industrial relations, Information Officer, Welfare Officer, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exhanges are available for Bachelor of Social Sciences students:
    > Lund University (Sweden)
    > College of William and Mary (US)
    > Pitzer College (US)
    > Hong Kong University (Hong Kong)
    > University of Exeter (UK)
    > Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Students can study optional majors in Criminology, Politics & International Studies or Sociology, or an optional minor in Psychology as a part of this program.

    Example Study Plan


    Indicative study plan for commencing students
    Level 1S1 POLIS 1101 Introduction to Australian Politics Social Sciences Closed Elective Level I ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind:Freedom and Media (semester 1 or 2)
    Elective Level I
    S2 GEOG 1101
    Globalisation, Justice and a Crowded Planet
    GSSA 1003/EX
    Gender, Work & Society
    Elective Level I Elective Level I
    Level 2S1 GEOG 2132
    Social Science Techniques
    Social Sciences Closed Elective Level II Elective Level II Elective Level II
    S2 GSSA 2110
    Social Research: Working Skills for Social Sciences
    GSSA 2103
    Politics, Policy and Citizenship
    Elective Level II Elective Level II
    Level 3S1 GSSA 3007
    Taking it to the Streets: Applied Social Sciences (not available in 2016)
    - 6 units
    Elective Level III Elective Level III
    S2 ARTS 3200
    Arts Internship (semester 1 or 2) - 6 units, or

    2 x Social Sciences Closed Electives Level II or III
    Elective Level III Elective Level III
    Note: Optional majors in Criminology, Politics and International Studies or Sociology, or an optional minor in Psychology are available as part of this program. Please visit the Faculty of Arts website for study plans for these pathways. 


    Essays, tutorial or workshop participation, projects, take home papers, research report, critical review and presentations.  
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Last updated: Thursday, 30 Mar 2017


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