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Bachelor of Social Science

Approved Abbreviation: BSocSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1667.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041159D


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or later.

Commencement Year 2014 - 1667.3 Bachelor of Social Science

Commencement Year 2013 - 1667.2 Bachelor of Social Science

Commencement Year 2010 to 2012 - 1667.1 Bachelor of Social Science

The Bachelor of Social Science degree is a broadly based, inter-disciplinary program offered for flexibility and choice within a range of offerings in the social sciences. The degree seeks to equip students with the interdisciplinary and specialist skills and knowledge that a new graduate would need on entering the workforce or on proceeding to advanced study. The degree aims to expand understanding of the social world in three ways: through social theory, social research and the applications of these ideas and knowledge to practice through social engagement. It provides a wide base for understanding issues in the complex, culturally diverse and ever-changing social environment of the 21st century.

Western Sydney University Online students: Please refer to Western Sydney University Online website for Course Advice.

https://online.westernsydney.edu.au/

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Liverpool CampusFull TimeInternalIrena Veljanova
Liverpool CampusPart TimeInternalIrena Veljanova
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternalJulie Wen
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternalJulie Wen
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternalHelena Onnudottir
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternalHelena Onnudottir
Sydney City CampusFull TimeInternalAndrey Zheluk
WSU OnlineFull TimeOnline See above
WSU OnlinePart TimeOnline See above

Admission

Alternate Entry Pathway: Students attending the HSC Geography Enrichment Day, who sit and pass the invigilated test may receive a conditional offer, full offer subject to achieving minimum Western Sydney University ATAR standard

Western Sydney University Online students: Prospective online students apply for admission to this course directly through WSU Online. A student’s eligibility will be assessed according to the existing admission criteria.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students who opt to enrol in SSIP as alternate core/electives, would be required to complete a Working with Children Check and medical clearance for 102724 Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement unit.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

Recommended Sequence - Sydney City Campus

Click here for the recommended sequence at Sydney City Campus.

Recommended Sequence - Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith Campuses

Full-time: Start-year Commencement

Year 1

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

And one core Major unit

And one elective

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

And one core Major unit

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods

And two core Major units

And one elective

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

And one core Major unit

And two electives

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

And one core Major unit

And two electives

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

And two core Major units

And one elective

OR

Social Sciences International Placement units

Those students who undertake the Social Sciences International Placement units in Year 3 would be exempted from completing 102203 and three electives. The course structure would be varied as follows, but students are also encouraged to seek advice from their ACA early on about this option.

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

Three Major or elective units

(a combination of electives and major units if electives remaining)

2H session

102723Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement
102724Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement

Summer A session

102725Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections

Recommended Sequence - Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith Campuses

Full-time: Mid-year Commencement

Year 1

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

And one core Major unit

And one elective

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

And one core Major unit

And one elective

Year 2

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

And one core Major unit

And two electives

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods

And two core Major units

And one elective

Year 3

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

And two core Major units

And one elective

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

And one core Major unit

And two electives

OR

Social Sciences International Placement units

Those students who undertake the Social Sciences International Placement in Year 3 would be exempted from completing 102203 and three electives. The course structure would be varied as follows, but students are also encouraged to seek advice from their ACA early on about this option:

Year 3

2H session

102723Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement
102724Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement

Summer A session

102725Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

Three Major or elective units

(a combination of electives and major units if electives remaining)

Recommended Sequence - Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith Campuses

Summer Commencement

Note: A maximum of two units may be studied in Summer session.

Year 1

Summer session

Students complete 20 credit points in this session. Choose either the two first year core units below, or, the two first year units from the majors listed below.

101551Understanding Society
101557The Individual in Society

Autumn session

Students complete 40 credit points in this session

Four Major units or four electives

Spring session

Students complete 40 credit points in this session

101900Working with Communities
102170People, Place and Social Difference

And two Major units or two electives

Year 2

Summer session

Students complete 20 credit points in this session. Choose the two core units below

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
400337Social Research Methods

Autumn session

Students complete 40 credit points in this session

101552Applied Social Research

And three major units, or three electives

Spring session

Students complete 40 credit points in this session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

And three major units or three electives

Year 3

Students have two options to complete the remaining 40 credit points:

Summer session

Part-time study over the following two Summer sessions

Two major units or two electives

Or

Autumn session

Full-time study to complete four units. Two major units and two electives

OR

Social Sciences International Placement units

Those students who undertake the Social Sciences International Placement AND commence in Summer would be exempted from completing 102203 and three electives. The course structure would require significant variation and students are therefore encouraged to seek advice from their ACA early on about this option.

Equivalent Alternate Units

The alternate unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2018 or earlier.

102174 - Social Sciences International Placement

Western Sydney University Online

Please note that the Social Sciences International Placement option is not available to online students.

Online students must select one of the following majors

M1079Child and Community
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice

Recommended Sequence - WSU Online with a Major in Child and Community

Full-time

Year 1

Trimester 1

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society
102170People, Place and Social Difference

Trimester 2

101900Working with Communities
101596Context of Human Services
101664Working with Cultural Differences

Trimester 3

400337Social Research Methods
101632Community Work & Development
101595Community and Social Action

Year 2

Trimester 4

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
101552Applied Social Research
102143Families and Intimate Life

Trimester 5

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
101597Family Violence: Policy and Practice
101644Community Management and Organisations

Trimester 6

101381Child Abuse as a Social Issue

And two electives

Year 3

Trimester 7

Three electives

Trimester 8

Three electives

Part-time

Year 1

Trimester 1

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

Trimester 2

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

Trimester 3

101596Context of Human Services
101664Working with Cultural Differences

Year 2

Trimester 4

400337Social Research Methods
101632Community Work & Development

Trimester 5

101595Community and Social Action
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Trimester 6

101552Applied Social Research
102143Families and Intimate Life

Year 3

Trimester 7

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
101597Family Violence: Policy and Practice

Trimester 8

101644Community Management and Organisations
101381Child Abuse as a Social Issue

Trimester 9

Two electives

Year 4

Trimester 10

Two electives

Trimester 11

Two electives

Trimester 12

Two electives

Recommended Sequence - WSU Online with a Major in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Full-time

Year 1

Trimester 1

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society
102170People, Place and Social Difference

Trimester 2

101900Working with Communities
102039Crime, Deviance and Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 101560 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice:

102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

Trimester 3

400337Social Research Methods
102038Crime Prevention and Community
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 400684 Juvenile Crime and Justice:

102699Youth Justice and Practice

Year 2

Trimester 4

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
101552Applied Social Research
102036Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

Trimester 5

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102037Perspectives in Criminology
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

Trimester 6

101562Culture and Crime

And two electives

Year 3

Trimester 7

Three electives

Trimester 8

Three electives

Part-time

Year 1

Trimester 1

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

Trimester 2

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

Trimester 3

102039Crime, Deviance and Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 101560 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice:

102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

Year 2

Trimester 4

400337Social Research Methods
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 400684 Juvenile Crime and Justice:

102699Youth Justice and Practice

Trimester 5

102038Crime Prevention and Community
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Trimester 6

101552Applied Social Research
102036Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

Year 3

Trimester 7

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102037Perspectives in Criminology

Trimester 8

101561Gender, Crime and Violence
101562Culture and Crime

Trimester 9

Two electives

Year 4

Trimester 10

Two electives

Trimester 11

Two electives

Trimester 12

Two electives

Majors

Note: Students enrolling into this course with the Diploma of Social Science from Western Sydney University, The College should use up to two of their elective units towards obtaining their chosen major.

Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith campus students must select one of the following majors

M1097Anthropology
M1079Child and Community
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1083Peace and Development Studies
M1073Sociology

Sydney City campus students must select the following major

M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice

Western Sydney University Online students must select one of the following two majors

M1079Child and Community
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice

Elective Sub-majors which may be available

SM1131Anthropology
SM1099Child and Community
SM1091Criminology and Criminal Justice
SM1093Geography and Urban Studies
SM1097Heritage and Tourism
SM1102Peace and Development Studies
SM1094Sociology

Major and Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Global Sustainability Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)



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