Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Master of Urban Management and Planning)

Approved Abbreviation: BSocSc(PathMUrbPl)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1678.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 069897F

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 2010 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.

The Bachelor of Social Science (pathway to Master of Urban Management and Planning) degree is a four year PIA accredited program in urban and regional planning. The Bachelor degree equips students with the range of specialist and generic skills that graduates need for the workforce or for proceeding to advanced study. The Geography and Urban Studies major and Master of Urban Management and Planning components cover the history, theory and method of Geography and Planning, as well as preparation for professional practice as a Town Planner. Key themes include metropolitan governance, urban finance and sustainability, in the complex, culturally diverse and ever-changing social environment of 21st Century cities.The Bachelor component offers flexibility to choose subjects offered elsewhere in the social sciences.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Students may take a reduced study load.

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.

This course, when completed in conjunction with the Master of Urban Management and Planning, is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).


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

Course Structure

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

101553Organisations, Communities and Communication

Please note unit 101553 is no longer available from 2013. Students should take the equivalent unit 101900

101900Working with Communities
101551Understanding Society
101589Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies

And one elective

Spring session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
101572Development and Sustainability

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
101590Cultural and Social Geographies

And two electives or Pool Units

Spring session

400337Social Research Methods
101591The Economics of Cities and Regions
101646Analysis of Spatial Data

And one elective or Pool Unit

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research
101593Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems
101645Transport, Access and Equity

And one elective or Pool Unit

Spring session

101554Contemporary Debates in Social Science
101694Geographies of Migration
101592Housing Markets and Policy
101588An Introduction to Urban Design

Students are also required to complete two of the following four pool units

Pool Units

101331Issues in World Development: Rich World, Poor World
101569Sustainable Futures
101643Heritage Interpretation
101602Recreational Tourism Policy and Planning

Sub-major elective spaces

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

Search for sub-majors

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

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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