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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

In this degree students investigate, analyse and interpret the major social justice challenges we face in our increasingly globalised world. It looks at issues through the lenses of politics, geography, anthropology, gender studies and Asian studies.

Students learn about social issues and the differing needs within society, and develop the skills to respond to contemporary problems to bring about positive 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 students who are currently enjoying 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

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324011
    2017 CSP ATAR 70.65
    2017 CSP IB 25
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 70
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    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 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 022494B
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,500

    Scholarships

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

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates pursue successful careers in social planning, government policy making, market research, media and public relations, aid development organisations, environmental agencies, youth work, community development, social inclusion, 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 arts@adelaide.edu.au to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges 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 take an optional major or minor in: 
    • Criminology
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Sociology
    • Psychology (minor only)

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 ASIA 1104
    Introduction to Asian Cultures
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind
    (semester 1 or 2)

    Arts Elective Level I

    Arts Elective Level I
    GEOG 1101
    Geographies of Globalisation
    Social Sciences Closed Elective Level I Arts Elective Level I Arts Elective Level I
    Year 2 GEOG 2132
    Social Sciences Techniques II
    Social Sciences Closed Elective Level II Arts Elective Level II Arts Elective Level II
    SOCI 2012
    Social Research
    SOCI 2010
    Politics, Policy & Citizenship
    Arts Elective Level II Arts Elective Level II
    Year 3 ARTS 3200 Arts Internship (6 units) (semester 1 or 2)
    or
    2 x Social Sciences Closed Electives Level III (2 x 3 units)
    Arts Elective Level III Arts Elective Level III
    SOCI 3012
    Taking it to the Streets: Applied Social Sciences (6 units)
    Arts Elective Level III Arts Elective Level III
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017