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Bachelor of Social Science (Advanced)

Approved Abbreviation: BSocialSci(Adv)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1733.1

AQF Level: 7

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.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Advanced) degree is a broadly based, inter-disciplinary three year program offering flexibility and choice within a range of offerings in the social sciences. The degree is available to high-performing students and is comprised of an eight unit social science core, an eight unit social science major, four units of advanced study and four electives or an optional international placement. The majors and sub-majors available within the social sciences include: Anthropology, Child and Community, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Geography and Urban Studies, Heritage and Tourism, Peace and Development Studies and Sociology. The advanced units that students undertake will complement these areas of study by encouraging students to develop leadership skills, by extending their capacity for critical and creative thinking, and by providing work experience in relevant fields. Students will also be encouraged to develop greater intercultural awareness and understanding through the option of an international placement and will benefit from being mentored by academics in relevant disciplines. The degree allows students to pursue studies in the social sciences that accord with their personal and occupational interests. It seeks to equip students with the interdisciplinary and specialist skills and knowledge, and real world experience that a new graduate would need in order to be competitive in the workforce or to undertake postgraduate study in the social sciences and related disciplines.

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 TimeInternalHelena Onnudottir
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternalHelena Onnudottir
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternalHelena Onnudottir
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternalHelena Onnudottir

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

ATAR of at least 90.

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 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 Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

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

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

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 are required to complete a Working with Children Check and obtain 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 - Start-year Entry (Autumn)

Students must maintain an average GPA of 5 throughout their degree.

Year 1

Autumn session

101551Understanding Society
101557The Individual in Society

And one major unit

And one elective

Spring session

101900Working with Communities
102170People, Place and Social Difference

Core advanced unit from the list below

And one major unit

Year 2

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods

And one major unit

Two core advanced unit from the list below

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Core advanced unit from the list below

And one major unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

And two major units

And one elective

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

And two major units

And one elective

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:

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

And two major units

And one elective

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: Mid-year Entry (Spring)

Year 1

Spring session

101900Working with Communities
102170People, Place and Social Difference

And one major unit

And one elective

Autumn session

101551Understanding Society
101557The Individual in Society

And one major unit

Core advanced unit from the list below

Year 2

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Core advanced unit from the list below

And one major unit

And one elective

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods

And one major unit

Two core advanced unit from the list below

Year 3

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

And two major units

And one elective

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

And two major units

And one elective

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 two electives. The course structure would be varied as follows:

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

And two major units

And one elective

Majors

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

Core Advanced Units - Sub-major in Applied Leadership

SM3082.1 Applied Leadership

102211 - Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking

102250 - Ethical Leadership

102212 - Internship and Community Engagement

200855 - Leadership in a Complex World

Students who intend to take up an International Placement would follow a variation of this program.

102723Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement
102724Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement
102725Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections

.

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

Sub-major Elective Spaces

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

Search for sub-majors

Students in Advanced courses may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

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

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

MyStudentRecords (MySR)



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