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2012 Bachelor of Social Science(R3C)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 8 yrs.
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The Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) is a 3-year course, offered on the Launceston and Hobart campus, which provides a focused course of study for students wanting to gain expertise in social science applied to practical real-world issues. It links the disciplinary bases of human resource management, international relations, sociology, political science, public policy and psychology to their practical applications. It combines units from the Faculty of Arts with units from the Faculty of Commerce. It teaches valuable skills in the methodology of social research and prepares graduates particularly for careers in the post-industrial service and information sector.

Students may study full time or part time and have seven enrolment years, including the year of passing the first unit for the degree, in which to complete course requirements. Students currently enrolled in other degree courses at the University may apply for entry to the BSocSc. Credit may be granted for some or all of their previous study. Prospective students wishing to transfer at a later date to the Bachelor of Social Work degree should discuss their program with a Faculty Officer. Limited mid-year entry is available to this course.

Admission & 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.

Course 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 such as social and market research, human resource management, public administration and management in commonwealth, state and local government, policy analysis, social welfare administration, journalism and the media, and industrial relations.

Articulation to/from Course

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.

Miscellaneous Information

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.

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.

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