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Bachelor of Social Science

University of Tasmania
Program overview
3-7 Years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
31,950 AUD
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31,950 AUD
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Program description

Bachelor of Social Science

We are no longer accepting applications into this course (A3D) as from Semester 2, 2020. Students keen to study with us in the Social Sciences can take majors in Sociology, International Relations, Politics and Policy, and Criminology in the Bachelor of Arts (A3A). We also offer a specialist Bachelor of Justice Studies (13Q).

The Bachelor of Social Science is an empowering course for high-achieving students who want to understand society and are passionate about making a difference.

  • Gain advanced research and communication skills by designing and carrying out either project work or an independent piece of research, under supervision from leading global Social Science experts, to bring about social and political change.
  • Base your studies around either a Sociology or a Politics & Policy major (eight units), with a choice of complementary majors in Criminology, Politics and Policy, International Relations, Journalism, Media and Communications, and a variety of other disciplines.
  • Study one of the world’s Top 250 Sociology programs^ at the University of Tasmania, and enrich your degree through a variety of internships in politics, non-government organisations, or the public sector.

Delivered by the School of Social Sciences, this degree brings together disciplines that relate to human experience and behaviour, gives you an understanding of national and international social and political issues, and exposure to how contemporary organisations work.

Explore social science theory and develop methods to investigate, analyse and find solutions to a range of important social and political issues at local, national and global levels. Enrich your degree and build your network through a variety of internships in politics, non-government organisations, or the public sector.

Online study may be possible depending on area of study.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Major 1

  • Sociology
  • Politics and Policy
  • Major 2

  • Criminology
  • Geography and Environment
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Relations
  • Journalism, Media and Communications
  • Politics and Policy
  • Psychology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Social Science (AQF Level 7) graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in the areas of sociology or public policy and a broad understanding of a body of knowledge from a range of other social science disciplines.
  2. Critically analyse, synthesise and adapt knowledge and skills to analyse social issues and to craft social policy strategies and solutions.
  3. Design and implement research projects to understand social processes and social groups using qualitative and quantitative research skills.
  4. Demonstrate high-level written and oral communication skills to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  5. Show cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness when working with and responding to different social groups, processes and organisations.

Career opportunities

Whether you wish to work in community development, foreign affairs, policy design or social welfare, this is the perfect degree to provide you with the knowledge and expertise to create solutions in the real world.

As a Bachelor of Social Science graduate, you will be equipped with a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills that will make you a strong applicant for positions in a wide range of fields. These include:

  • Advocacy and counselling
  • Communications
  • Foreign relations and diplomacy
  • Education
  • Government
  • Human resource management
  • Industrial relations
  • Journalism and publishing
  • Management
  • Politics and public policy-making
  • Public administration
  • Psychology
  • Social welfare
  • Social and market researcher
  • Policy development and analysis

About this institute

University of Tasmania

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