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Bachelor of Social Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 324011


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.

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 taking a critical look at our world.

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

  • 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.

    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?
  • Assessment
    Essays, tutorial or workshop participation, projects, take home papers, research report, critical review and presentations.  
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  • 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
    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?

    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 022494B
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    IB 25
    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?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
  • 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.
  • Study Plans

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


    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. 
  • 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

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

  • Further Information

    Please direct enquiries to the Ask Adelaide
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day and Information Night events provide an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Apr 2016


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