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Bachelor of Social Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 324011

2015
ATAR
66.75

Students in the Bachelor of Social Sciences are involved in investigating, analysing and interpreting the major social justice challenges we face in an increasingly globalised world. Challenges including 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. 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 taking a critical look at our world.

From a social justice standpoint, students learn to recognise differing needs in society and develop a range of methods to understand and respond to the critical problems and public issues. Students also build valuable qualitative and quantitative research skills and have the opportunity to design their own independent research projects. 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.

This degree is relevant and marketable for future employment in public, private and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas. How do we know this? Because being social scientists, we identified a number of key stakeholders across industries and asked them about the key capabilities their organisations need. Their views and feedback have been reflected and built into the program structure.

Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide: changing minds, changing lives, changing the world.

Study Abroad and Exchange Opportunities
The University has student exchange links with over 100 overseas institutions. You can study overseas for one or two semesters which counts as credit towards your degree program at the University of Adelaide. In addition there are no extra tuition fees for this study. What better way to test out newly developed language skills or experience another culture as you learn?
  • Program Structure

    This program mixes core learning in a broad range of relevant areas with practical research investigation. Students are introduced to methods and tools to design and conduct social research and develop approaches to analyse findings and advocate change.

    In the final year, students can apply for a merit based internship that gives direct access to possible future employers with a social justice focus and the opportunity to work on a research project together. Or, students may choose to strengthen their knowledge in social sciences methodologies to build more expertise in this area.

  • Assessment
    Essays, tutorial or workshop participation, projects, take home papers, research report, critical review and presentations.  
  • Related Programs
  • Admission and Fee Information

    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
    2015 CSP ATAR 66.75
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2015 CSP IB 24
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,275
    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 2016. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2016 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2015 or 2014), 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 2014). 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.
    • 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]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $27,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 022494B
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6
    5.5
    5.5
    6
    6
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1540
    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

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    International ATAR 70
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $27,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
  • Areas of Specialisation
    Students can study an optional major in Criminology as a part of this program.
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

     

    Indicative study plan
    Level 1S1 GSSA 1001EX
    Social Sciences in Australia
    POLIS 1101
    Introduction to Australian Politics
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement
    Open Elective
    S2 GEOG 1101
    Globalisation, Justice and a Crowded Planet
    Social Sciences Closed Elective Open Elective Open Elective
    Level 2/
    Advanced Level
    S1 GEOG 2132
    Social Science Techniques
    GSSA 2020
    Social Theory in Action
    Open Elective Open Elective
    S2 GSSA 2110
    Social Research: Working Skills for Social Sciences
    GSSA 2103
    Politics, Policy and Citizenship
    Open Elective Open Elective
    Level 3/
    Advanced Level
    S1 GSSA 3017
    Social Research Advanced: Real World Practice
    Open Elective Open Elective
    S2 ARTS 2001
    Arts Internship (6 units)
    or
    2 x Social Sciences closed Electives (6 units)
    Open Elective Open Elective
    Note: A maximum of 24 units of elective courses may be taken from faculties other than Arts

    Bachelor of Social Sciences with Criminology Major

    Indicative study plan
    Level 1S1 GSSA 1001EX
    Social Sciences in Australia
    POLIS 1101
    Introduction to Australian Politics
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement
    LAW 1100
    Introduction to Law
    S2 GEOG 1101
    Globilisation, Justice and a Crowded Planet
    Social Sciences Closed Elective GSSA 1010
    Understanding Criminology
    Open Elective
    Level 2/
    Advanced Level
    S1 GEOG 2132
    Social Sciences Techniques
    GSSA 2020 Social Theory in Action ANTH 2040
    Ethnography: Engaged Social Research
    Open Elective
    S2 GSSA 2110
    Social Research: Working Skills Skills for Social Sciences
    GSSA 2103
    Politics Policy & Citizenship
    GSSA 2112
    Contemporary Perspectives in Criminology
    GSSA 2019EX
    Encountering Human Rights
    or
    GSSA 2109EX
    Public Scandals & Moral Panics
    Level 3/
    Advanced Level
    S1 GSSA 3018
    Social Research Advanced: Real World Practice (6 units)
    GSSA 2113
    Surveillance, Deviance and Crime
    Open Elective
    S2 ARTS 2001
    Arts Internship (6 units)
    or
    GEOG 2154
    Applied Population Analysis and 1 x Social Sciences Closed Elective (6 units)
    GSSA 2113
    Surveillance, Deviance and Crime
    GSSA 2019EX
    Encourntering Human Rights
    or
    GSSA 2109EX
    Public Scandals & Moral Panics
  • Career Opportunities

    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.

    Potential careers

    Development Officer, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Anthropologist, Community Development Officer, Non Government Organisation Worker, Foreign Affairs, Policy Adviser, Research Assistant, Research Associates, Business Data Analyst, Writer, Ministerial Adviser, Parliamentary Adviser, Archivist

  • Work 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

  • Program Rules

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Last updated: Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015

 

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