Courses & Units

Bachelor of Social Science 13E

Hobart, Launceston

Introduction

The Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) is a 3-year specialist course of study for students seeking expertise in social science and its application to real issues. It teaches valuable social research methods skills and prepares graduates for careers in a wide range of government, community, health, social justice and business services. Two social science majors are completed in the BSocSc. One of these must be selected from either sociology or public policy, while the other is selected from a choice of eight disciplines: sociology, criminology, public policy, political science, international relations, psychology, human resource management, and geography and environmental studies. The minor is taken from the same eight subject areas as the majors as well as economics and Aboriginal studies. The student electives may be taken from any discipline so long as they fit the degree structure and prerequisites are met. The degree provides an opportunity to develop an innovative program of study, tailored to career interests, while providing a solid foundation in the social sciences.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Social Science
Course Abbreviation BSocSc
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 027725G
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school
Launceston Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school

Objectives

The Bachelor of Social Science aims to give undergraduates a broad exposure to applied social science, while allowing them to study social science and management issues within a non-professional educational context. Students will be able to link the disciplinary bases of management and administrative studies to their practical applications.

The program will develop a student's general abilities in the areas of:

  • written expression
  • linguistic skills
  • creative self-expression
  • capacity to analyse and interpret in a dispassionate and objective manner
  • capacity for reasoned criticism
  • data acquisition and analysis
  • research techniques
  • marshalling facts in support of arguments, and
  • evaluating the possible outcomes of alternative courses of action, with the emphasis varying according to the particular program chosen.


Students will be able to prepare themselves for careers in the post-industrial service sector whilst acquiring a qualification that will certify them in the specific knowledge and skills that social science can offer. Students may obtain professional recognition from the Australian Human Resources Institute if they have completed a Human Resource Management major.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Science will be strong applicants for positions in a wide range of fields including social and market research, policy development and analysis, social welfare administration, human resource management, industrial relations and public administration and management in commonwealth, state and local government sectors.

Professional Recognition

Students who complete a major in sociology may become a member of the Australian Sociological Association. Students who complete a major in Human Resource Management may obtain professional recognition from the Australian Human Resources Institute .

Additional Information

human resource management, sociology, psychology, public policy, social ecology

Enrolment restrictions -- quotas


All prospective BSocSc students, including those currently enrolled in other courses in the University, should be aware that admission will be subject to quotas and formal selection procedures.

The Faculties may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications. These specifications shall take effect on 1 July 2011 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Social Science, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

Students interested in studying the BSocSc degree must complete an Application for Admission form available from Student Administration (phone: Launceston (03) 6324 3106; Hobart (03) 6226 2812). Tasmanian Year 12 students will automatically have Admission forms for the following year sent to their home address during August.

Prerequisites

Applicants will be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements, which include several categories of special admission, set by the University for entry to degree courses. No specific Faculty or subject prerequisites apply.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

A student who has completed or partly completed another degree from this University or another approved institution can apply for credit for their previous study towards the BSocSc degree. Units from courses offered by other faculties of the University may be included provided they do not exceed the permissible weighting. Also articulates from Associate degree in Arts.

Bachelor of Socience Science articulates to:

- Bachelor of Social Work (subject to successful completion of the equivalent of at least two years full-time study (200% of units) in the Bachelor of Social Science degree or two years full-time study (200% of units) in the degree program, excluding foundation units, in which they have studied a minimum 25% of psychology and a minimum of 25% of Sociology units)

- Master of Social Work upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Social Science (subject to completion of components of studies in society and that of the individual, human behaviour and/or human development)

- Bachelor of Arts(Hons) (relevant streams)

- Bachelor of Business (Hons) (subject to individual negotiation)

In the Bachelor of Social Science, you need to choose 2 majors, a minor and 4 student electives.

This degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:
  • Two majors of 8 units each: each major consists of 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Four student elective units: units which may be chosen from this or any other subject area within the University, provided they meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see next point below), unit pre-requisites and quotas. You may take individual units or study the equivalent of a second minor through your student electives and try out different subject areas – it’s your choice.
  • Unit level requirements for the degree are: between 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 8-10 units at advanced level.

Course Structure

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


  1. These Specifications apply to the single Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2010 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A.

  2. Candidates for the Bachelor degrees shall be admitted in accordance with Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  3. Candidates for the degrees shall complete the degree requirements in not more than the degree maximum, which will be twice the course length and one additional year. The maximum completion time will be calculated from the commencement of the first unit which is passed and which counts towards the degree requirements.

  4. Bachelor degree requirements

    1. Requirements for Bachelor degrees comprise a minimum of 24 units, comprising 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level. For Bachelor degrees with requirements over 24 units, all additional units will be at advanced level.
    2. Required units
      Course duration Unit numbers and levels
      Units required Nominal degree length Introductory Intermediate Advanced
      24 3 year 8-10 6-10 6-10
      28 3.5 year 8-10 6-10 10-14
      32 4 year 8-10 6-10 14-18
      40 5 year 8-10 6-10 18-22

      The ranges in unit numbers accommodate choice in the levels of units in the degree electives and student electives only.

  5. Degree models

    1. There will be two Bachelor degree models: General and Specialist, which are defined by the combination of modules and electives of the first 24 units.

      • A standard major module is comprised of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced;
      • a reversed major module is comprised of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced;
      • a minor module is comprised of 4 units: 2 introductory and 2 intermediate;
      • degree electives units are those chosen from a schedule provided by the faculty;
      • student elective units are those selected by candidates from any available units in which they are qualified to enrol.
      • The models are identified in Schedule A and details of the availability of modules and units are listed in Schedules B and C respectively.

    2. General model

      The first 24 units of a General degree will comprise: one standard major, one minor, 4 degree elective units and 8 student elective units.

    3. Specialist models

      The first 24 units of a Specialist degree will follow either:

      • Specialist model 1: two standard majors, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
      • Specialist model 2: one standard and one reversed major, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
      • Specialist model 3: either two standard majors, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student electives, or one standard and one reversed major, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student elective units.

  6. Enrolment conditions

    1. Enrolment in all units will be in accordance with requisites determined by the relevant Faculty.
    2. When two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

  7. Enrolment exemption - credit for previous studies

    Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the degree. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  8. Transition

    Students who have passed units towards degrees under the previous specifications will be entitled to transfer to the degrees under these specifications with full equivalent credit. The transition for continuing students to these specifications will be managed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.

NB: Academic Senate noted (31.10.08) that is it recognised that professionally accredited degrees required for entry to professional practice will not be compromised by the move to standard course structures. UTAS will have the opportunity to put its position on the benefits on implementing the standard course structures to accreditation bodies when these programs come up for reaccreditation. If accrediting authorities or any national curriculum arrangements require a structure which does not fit a model already approved, then the UTLC will be requested to develop an additional model.