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2013 Bachelor of Social Science(13E)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): 1300 363 864


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.

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 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.

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. 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)

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 .

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.

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.

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