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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Science

Approved Abbreviation: BA/BSocSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1808.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089201M


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 relavant to the year they commenced. This version of the course applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2020 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2017 to 2019 - 1808.2 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Science

Commencement Year 2015 to 2016 - 1808.1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Science

This double degree program is designed for students whose interests span the Arts and Social Sciences. It will produce versatile graduates who can work across a range of academic and professional disciplines, including the opportunity to develop global perspectives and communication skills in an Asian language. In the Social Science area, students can design their own academic program within the Bachelor of Social Science course structure, which must include a Social Science Major. This qualification in Social Science is then combined with an Arts major, such as: Cultural and Social Analysis; English; History and Political Thought; International Relations and Asian Studies; Islamic Studies; Philosophy; Linguistics; Indigenous Australian Studies; Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese.

Students in this double degree also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards their BA majors and sub majors subject to WSU limits on advanced standing. Students are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a BA course advisor first.

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdviceenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: two units of HSC English.

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.

IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest

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 Western Sydney 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.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points comprising

  • A Bachelor of Social Science Core of 80 credit points,
  • A Bachelor of Arts Core of 40 credit points,
  • A Bachelor of Arts major of 80 credit points,
  • A Bachelor of Arts sub-major of 40 credit points
  • A Social Science major of 80 credit points

Social Science core units

101552Applied Social Research
102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102170People, Place and Social Difference
400337Social Research Methods
101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society
101900Working with Communities

Arts core units

Students must complete 40 credit points from the following units

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Arts Majors

Some Majors and Sub-majors have inherent requirements.

Click here for details of the Inherent Requirements

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.

M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M2510Economy and Markets
M1053English
M2513Global Business
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093Indonesian
M2514Innovation and Change
M1129International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M2512Organisations and Work
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies

Arts Sub-majors

Note: Not all Arts sub-majors are available on all campuses.

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1116Creative Writing
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071English
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112Indonesian
SM1132International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1119Linguistics
SM1065Musicology
SM1047Music Performance Studies
SM1076Philosophy
SM1115Psychological Studies

Social Science Majors

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

Students should seek academic course advice as the Social Science major units are all compulsory and only available in particular semesters.

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown and Penrith campuses

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101551Understanding Society
101557The Individual in Society

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities
102736Diversity, Language and Culture

Level 1 Arts major unit

Year 2

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Level 1 Social Science major unit

Level 1 Arts major unit

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

One Social Science major unit

One Arts major unit

One Arts sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

One Social Science major unit

One Arts major unit

One Arts sub-major unit or one Social Science major unit

Spring session

Two Arts Major units

Two Social Science major units or one Social Science major unit and one Arts sub-major unit

Year 4

Autumn session

One Arts Major unit

One Arts sub-major unit

Two Social Science major units or one Social Science major unit and one Arts sub-major unit

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

One Arts major unit

Two Social Science Major units or one Social Science major unit and one Arts sub-major unit

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship

Year 2

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods

Level 1 Social Science major unit

Level 1 Arts major unit

One Arts sub-major unit

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Level 1 Arts major unit

Two Social Science major units OR one Social Science major unit and one Arts sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

One Social Science major unit

One Arts major unit

One Arts sub-major unit OR one Social Science major unit

Spring session

Two Arts Major units

Two Social Science major units OR one Social Science major unit and one Arts sub-major unit

Year 4

Autumn session

One Arts Major unit

One Arts sub-major unit

Two Social Science major units OR one Social Science major unit and one Arts sub-major unit

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

One Arts major unit

Two Social Science major units OR one Social Science major unit and one Arts sub-major unit



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