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Social Science is a great option if you want opportunities to study across different disciplines, participate in industry placements, go on exchange with international partners or take up a combined (double) degree.

Our students can either chose to focus their studies for a specific career or have the flexibility to explore their interests. We prepare our students with the skills that employers want, so they can make a global impact.


Courses and Units

Study with us — apply in one of our courses available at the School of Social Sciences listed below.

Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information on the University of Tasmania Courses & Units website, including Major/Minors available within each course, and comprehensive lists of units available for study under each applicable Major/Minor.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

International Relations

Our Postgraduate offerings are currently being updated. Please Contact us to find out more.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Study International Relations

Politics and Policy

Our Postgraduate offerings are currently being updated. Please Contact us to find out more.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Study Politics and Policy

Police Studies

Our Postgraduate offerings are currently being updated. Please Contact us to find out more.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Study Police Studies

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Study Social Work

Criminology

Our Postgraduate offerings are currently being updated. Please Contact us to find out more.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Study Criminology

Sociology

Our Postgraduate offerings are currently being updated. Please Contact us to find out more.

The School of Social Sciences welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Study Sociology

Lists of undergraduate units are provided below. To see units on offer for honours and postgraduate courses, select the relevant course from the course lists.

International Relations

In 2020, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Introductory

Semester 1

  • HPP101 Introduction to Politics and Policy

Semester 2

  • HIR101 Introduction to International Relations
Intermediate

Semester 1

  • HIR203 China's Global Power
  • HPP222 Modern Political Ideologies

Semester 2

  • HIR202 International Security
  • HPP205 Australian Politics and Policy
  • HPP216 Key Concepts in Social Justice
Advanced

Semester 1

  • HPP302 Governance, Power and Public Policy
  • HIR308 International Cooperation
  • HPP314 Governing the Antarctic and Oceans
  • HPP315 American Politics
  • HSS305 Social Sciences Internship A
  • HSS306 Parliamentary Internship

Semester 2

  • HIR304 Order, Violence and Justice
  • HPP304 Parties, Leaders, Elections and Campaigns
  • HPP312 Environmental Justice, Politics and Policy
  • HIR306 Espionage, Terror and Global Disorder
  • HIR307 Global Political Economy
  • HIR309 Third World Development
  • HSS305 Social Sciences Internship 
  • HSS306 Parliamentary Internship
Breadth Unit

Semester 2

  • XBR301 War! The Moral and Legal Limits of Political Violence

In 2018, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline.  Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Semester 1 & 2

Semester 1

  • HIR402 Politics of International Relations

Semester 2

  • HIR403 Strategy, Security and Statecraft

Study International Relations

Politics and Policy

In 2020, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Introductory

Semester 1

  • HPP101 Introduction to Politics and Policy

Semester 2

  • HIR101 Introduction to International Relations

Intermediate

Semester 1

  • HIR203 China's Global Power
  • HPP222 Modern Political Ideologies

Semester 2

  • HIR202 International Security
  • HPP205 Australian Politics and Policy
  • HPP216 Key Concepts in Social Justice

Advanced

Semester 1

  • HPP302 Governance, Power and Public Policy
  • HIR308 International Cooperation
  • HPP314 Governing the Antarctic and Oceans
  • HPP315 American Politics
  • HSS305 Social Sciences Internship A
  • HSS306 Parliamentary Internship

Semester 2

  • HIR304 Order, Violence and Justice
  • HPP304 Parties, Leaders, Elections and Campaigns
  • HPP312 Environmental Justice, Politics and Policy
  • HIR306 Espionage, Terror and Global Disorder
  • HIR307 Global Political Economy
  • HIR309 Third World Development
  • HSS305 Social Sciences Internship 
  • HSS306 Parliamentary Internship

Breadth Unit

Semester 2

  • XBR301 War! The Moral and Legal Limits of Political Violence

In 2020, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline.  Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Semester 1 & 2

  • HPP464 Honours Dissertation A in Political Science
  • HPP465 Honours Dissertation B in Political Science
  • HPP466 Honours Dissertation A in Public Policy
  • HPP467 Honours Dissertation B in Public Policy

Semester 1 

Semester 2

  • HPP413 Government and Public Administration

Study Politics and Policy

Police Studies

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Study Police Studies

In 2020, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units within the Social Work discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Introductory

Semester 2

  • HGW101 Practice Frameworks for Change
Intermediate / Advanced

Semester 1

  • HGW308 Contexts of Social Work Practice
  • HGW312 Social Innovation and Sustainability and 21st Century Social Work
  • HGW327 Communication and Assessment Skills in Social Work

Winter

  • HGW302 Social Work Theories, Values and Frameworks for 21st Century Practice

Semester 2

  • HGW303 Social Work Practicum 1

In 2020 the School of Social Sciences is offering the below honours units within the Social Work discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Research Honours

Semester 1

  • HGW414 Social Work Thesis A
  • HGW423 Social Work Research Practice
  • HGW424 Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social Work
  • HGW431 Trauma and Justice

16 week fieldwork placement commencing in July

  • HGW425 Research Pathway Social Work Practicum

Semester 2

  • HGW426 Social Work Exhibition and Social Work Thesis
Professional Honours

Semester 1

  • HGW423 Social Work Research Practice
  • HGW424 Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social Work
  • HGW431 Trauma and Justice

16 week fieldwork placement commencing in July

  • HGW433 Professional Pathway Social Work Practicum

Semester 2

  • HGW426 Social Work Exhibition and Social Work Thesis

In 2020, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below postgraduate units within the Social Work discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Year 1

Semester 1

  • HGW503 Social Innovation and Sustainability and 21st Century Social Work
  • HGW516 Contexts of Social Work Practice
  • HGW527 Communication and Assessment Skills in Social Work

Winter

  • HGW512 Social Work Theories, Values and Frameworks for 21st Century Practice

Semester 2

  • HGW513 Social Work Practicum 1
Year 2

Semester 1

  • HGW605 Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social Work
  • HGW608 Social Work Research Practice
  • HGW609 Social Work Thesis A
  • HGW631 Trauma and Justice

16 week fieldwork placement commencing in July

  • HGW606 Research Pathway Social Work Practicum
  • HGW633 Professional Pathway Social Work Practicum

Semester 2

  • HGW607 Social Work Exhibition and Social Work Thesis

Study Social Work

Criminology

In 2019 the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine while of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list.

Introductory

Semester 1

  • HGA101 Sociology: Understanding the Social World
  • HPP101 Introduction to Politics and Policy
  • HSP108 What is Policing?

Semester 2

  • HIR101 Introduction to International Relations
  • HGA102 Sociology: Experiencing Social Life
  • HSP109 Policing in Diverse Contexts
Intermediate/Advanced

Semester 1

Winter School

Semester 2

Spring School

  • HGA226 HGA326 Sport and Crime
  • HGA321 Special Topics in Criminology
  • HGA338 Preventing Violence Against Women: Theory, Policy and Practice

In 2020, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Semester 1

HGA422 Understanding Contemporary Societies

HGA518 Criminological Theory and Practice

Semester 1 & 2

HGA403 Reading Course

HGA407 Directed Study

HGA408 Thesis A

HGA409 Thesis B

Study Criminology

Sociology

In 2020 the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Introductory

Semester 1

  • HGA101 Sociology: Understanding the Social World
  • XBR120 Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society (Breadth Unit)

Semester 2

  • HGA102 Sociology: Experiencing Social Life
  • XBR120 Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society (Breadth Unit)

Spring

  • HGA138 Society, Culture and Health
Intermediate/Advanced

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • HPP216 Key Concepts in Social Justice
  • HGA223 Social Problems and Social Policy
  • HGA232 HGA332 Working with Offenders
  • HGA259 HGA359 Crime and Deviance
  • HGA318 Tourism, Creativity and Culture
  • HGA224 HGA324 Ethnicity, Race and Religion: Understanding Social Diversity
  • HSS305 Social Sciences Internship
  • XBR212 Interdisciplinary Social Research (Breadth Unit)

Spring School

In 2020, the School of Social Sciences is offering the below units, including breadth units, which contain content from this discipline. Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of units.

Semester 1

  • HGA422 Understanding Contemporary Societies

Semester 1 & 2

Study Sociology


Study Opportunities & Experiences


Online Study

Student studying online
Study anywhere, anytime.

Studying a degree online offers the ultimate flexibility to study at a time that suits you and your lifestyle. We offer a variety of degree programs and majors or minors that can be completed fully online.

  • Online: From full degree programs, to an increasing collection of of majors and minors available to be completed online.
  • Off-campus: Programs that are offered wholly or partially off-campus.
  • Intensive: Programs that offer study over a few weeks – usually summer, winter or spring, and on campus.
  • Mixed mode: A combination of on-campus and online studies.

Online Study in Arts and Justice


Scholarships

Graduating student
Study with support.

As a student of Social Sciences both the University and the School provide access to a variety of scholarships and bursaries at a University, College of Arts, Law and Education and Discipline level. The main application period begins in August, and closes on the 31st October the year prior to study commencing.

Browse Scholarships

The College of Arts, Law and Education also offers a financial assistance program for students wishing to undertake Short Term Overseas Study Programs.

Short Term Overseas Study assistance and mobility grants


Placements and Internships

Students in the workplace
Study in the real world.

The School of Social Sciences offers opportunities for internships with state parliament and public sector agencies to provide workplace and research experience in relevant specialised fields whilst studying. Read more about our placements and internships for:

There are also external opportunities available such as The Aurora Project, an Australian Government funded internship with applications accepted from candidates with an academic background in the School of Social Sciences including Sociology and Social Work, together with a range of other disciplines.


Pathways

Students studying
You can study with us too.

Don't meet the traditional entry requirements? The University of Tasmania aims to increase access and participation in tertiary education through providing alternate pathways and partnerships. The School of Social Sciences offers an alternative entry pathway into our undergraduate programs. The Arts pathway is a great introduction into university study, and can assist you in gaining the qualifications and experience you need for your chosen career.

This foundation year of study provides students with the skills and knowledge related to study the arts and social sciences, with additional support and guidance to help you succeed. Whether you intend to study a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences or Bachelor of Social Work, completing this year of foundation study in the Diploma of University Studies (Arts Specialisation) (21A) will assist you in achieving your goals.

Pathway Programs


Overseas Study

In-country shot of locals
Study out in the world.

An overseas study program gives you the opportunity to experience different cultures, study languages, undertake work placement or internships, make new friends and explore the world while receiving credit toward your degree. It provides a 'total immersion' experience in a variety of study areas and locations. You can choose a program length that suits you, from a 2-week fieldtrip, a short-term summer program to a full semester (or two).

Overseas Study at the College of Arts, Law and Education