Bachelor of Social Science

Approved Abbreviation: BSocSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1667.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041159D

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 2014.

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 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 three year program offering flexibility and choice within a range of offerings in the social sciences. The degree seeks to equip all 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. Students are encouraged to choose from more than one of the social sciences, to allow for personal and occupational interests, and prepare themselves to extend their studies at the major and sub-major levels. The majors and sub-majors include Child and Community, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Geography and Urban Studies, Peace and Development Studies, Sociology and Heritage and Tourism. In addition to this, students are able to select eight elective units from across UWS subject to availability and UWS rules. The Bachelor of Social Science 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. It also allows for a fourth year honours program for high achieving students who meet entry requirements.

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


Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre.

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.

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

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

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

Year 1

Autumn session

101900Working with Communities
101551Understanding Society

And one core Major unit

And one elective

Spring session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society

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

101554Contemporary Debates in Social Science

And two core Major units

And one elective


Students must select one of the following Majors.

M1079Child and Community
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1075Peace and Development Studies

Elective Sub-majors which may be available

SM1099Child and Community
SM1091Criminology and Criminal Justice
SM1093Geography and Urban Studies
SM1097Heritage and Tourism
SM1095Peace and Development Studies

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

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

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