Social Science

Study mode:Online Languages: English
Local:$ 12.7 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 12.7 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:3298 Duration:36 months


The Bachelor of Social Science at UNE provides a core background in Psychology, Sociology and in skills directly related to research and the workplace. It enables further specialisation in a wide range of social science areas from across the University.

Graduates will be able to research human behaviour from the points of view of both the individual and the group and will be able to choose the most appropriate approach to apply to researching and writing reports for work. A Social Science degree completed at honours level in Psychology is an accredited degree recognised by the NSW Psychologists Registration Board.

Career Opportunities

The skills of Social Science graduates in research and writing, along with an ability to understand the world from the points of view of both the individual and the group, make them well placed for positions in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including roles as policy advisers, planning and research officers for state/federal government, market and social researchers, personnel officers and human resource management.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
  • EUR 12680 Year (National)
  • EUR 12680 Year (International)
Start date February,June,October 2015 Credits 144
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Course Aims

The course aims to provide a thorough grounding in the social sciences through a combination of a core set of units stressing methodological, theoretical, policy and vocational skills aspects of the area and through a choice from a wide range of majors specialising in particular areas of the social sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • apply quantitative research techniques to real-world empirical data through statistical analysis and/or survey methodology;
  • apply qualitative research techniques to real-world empirical data through a grounding in a range of qualitative methods;
  • choose the appropriate social scientific approach to dealing with the problem at hand thanks to skills obtained through training in the use of quantitative and qualitative research tools;
  • research the social world from the points of view of both the individual and the group;
  • display the more specific skills characteristic of particular majors, such as the ability to analyse and demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal, business, development, health, legal, marketing, political, psychological, security and social issues; and
  • write and present in a manner appropriate to the workplace through skills taught in units dedicated to this aim.
  • Graduate Attributes

    Knowledge of a Discipline

    Graduates will possess a demonstrable knowledge of research methods common to a range of social science disciplines, and will be able to prove a clear in-depth knowledge of the theoretical, methodological and empirical content and appropriate practices of two discipline areas. This knowledge will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities and will be assessed throughout the degree through a range of different activities.

    Communication Skills

    Graduates are trained to communicate in workplace situations through units devoted to developing skills in writing and public presentation, and will be able to articulate complex theoretical arguments through specific training in units on thinking and theory. They will have high-level skills in communicating research results in the contexts of their specialised disciplines. These skills will be taught and practised in lectures, tutorials and online activities. Students will recognise the importance of continuing to develop their oral, visual, and written communication skills, and to be able to use appropriate communication technologies.

    Global Perspectives

    Graduates will be made aware of the intrinsic global nature of most social science disciplines as they are taught that the more abstract thinking and methodological skills are portable across many countries and cultures and that the fundamental ideas and approaches of social science have emerged through contributions from many areas across the globe. Individual disciplines put different levels of stress on the balance between knowledge of local and trans-local social formations as appropriate to their concerns and graduates will be assessed partly on how they can demonstrate understanding of local and global specificities in the context of their work.

    Information Literacy

    Graduates will be taught how to recognise relevant information and to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access and use information. Through assessment tasks, they will learn how to critically evaluate the sources, values and validity of information, and to use information in critical and creative thinking.

    Life-Long Learning

    The methodological and conceptualising skills graduates will possess particularly through training in the core units are highly transportable across space and time and may be ongoingly practised and perfected in work and personal situations long after graduates have left formal education. Assessment tasks ensure that these skills are attained at a suitable level.

    Problem Solving

    Graduates will be taught how to apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of discipline-specific problems and how to choose the appropriate research method for the problem at hand. They will be able to conceptualise problems at a high level of abstraction through training in theoretical thinking. They will be assessed on their ability to understand assignment tasks and to integrate relevant theory and literature into their own analysis.

    Social Responsibility

    Graduates will be taught to be directly familiar with the ethical issues involved in research and will be able to apply reasoning on these issues in concrete situations they may encounter in their working lives. Attention to issues such as inequality and social justice are embedded in the concerns of a number of individual majors. Assessment tasks ensure that these skills are attained at a suitable level.

    Team Work

    The development of collaboration and group participation skills will be developed through on-campus and online interactive teaching. Graduates will learn the importance of participating in discussions in a professional, respectful and ethical manner.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    For direct admission into undergraduate courses offered by the University of New England, international applicants must have completed an educational qualification considered to be at least equivalent to completion of Year 12 in Australia.

    A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Rule Undergraduate Policy).

    Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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