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Bachelor of Social Sciences - Faculty of Humanities & Social ...

Why Study

Social Sciences?

Your mission if you choose to accept it ...

... will involve investigating, analysing and

interpreting the major social justice challenges we

face in an increasingly globalised world. The new

Bachelor of Social Sciences has a strong focus on

applied social research, policy analysis and writing in

the key areas of the social sciences.

From a social justice standpoint, you will learn to

recognise differing needs and develop a range

of approaches and methods to understand and

respond to the critical problems and public issues in

society. You will also build valuable qualitative and

quantitative research skills and have the opportunity

to design your own independent research projects.

This degree is very relevant and marketable for

futures in public, private and non-government

organisations in Australia and overseas. How do we

know? Because being social scientists, we identified

and interviewed a number of

key stakeholders ers across

industries and asked them

about the key capabilities

their organisations ions need.

Their views and feedback

have been reflected ected and

built into the revitalised

program structure. ture.

ALUMNI PROFILES

FELICITY PRANCE

Bachelor of Social Sciences /

Bachelor of International Studies

“I chose this program because of the

ability to create my own career pathways. My

studies have confirmed and heightened my

passions for anthropology and the developing

world. They have provided skills, knowledge and insight

that I can take into many profession and potential career pathways.

My current focus is One Village – a grassroots, politically

and religiously neutral aid organisation, assisting communities

in Uganda to achieve sustainable development. I am undertaking

a two month work experience stint in the Social Research

department of Urbis; a Social Research Consultancy Firm. This

experience is granting me the opportunity to apply and sharpen

the skills and techniques learned via my double degree; such

as statistical analysis, literatures analysis, interview techniques

and the creation of reports for the public and private sectors.”

LINTY MCDONALD

Bachelor of Social Sciences /

Bachelor of Health Sciences

“The unique combination of Health and

Social Science that the University of

Adelaide offers has equipped me with a

broad range of skills that I can use in a

number of careers globally in the social services and health

sector. After completing my studies, I travelled to Nepal and

India to volunteer at the Christian Medical College, gaining

experience in their Community Health and Development

program, and on returning to Australia worked as a Policy

Support Officer for the South Australian Council of Social

Services. Recently, I have relocated to Jakarta, Indonesia,

where I am working as Coordinator for the Indonesian Team

of the Community Empowerment Collective (United Nations

Online Volunteers) and also developing Health Education

Resources for the Foundation for Mother and Child Health.”

FACULTY OF

HUMANITIES AND

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Bachelor of

Social Sciences

For more information please contact:

Ph: +61 8 8303 3352 / 3737 Program Convenor: Dr Susan Oakley

Email: susan.oakley@adelaide.edu.au

Web: www.hss.adelaide.edu.au/socialsciences/

Published July 2010. Updated information available at: www.adelaide.edu.au/programs/

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Life Impact | The University of Adelaide


Bachelor of Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Social Sciences degree plan is shown in the

table below. Your degree offers a flexible mix of many diverse

study areas. You will take progressively sequenced compulsory

core courses (orange).

In the remaining area (blue) you can focus on exploring many

different fields across Humanities and Social Sciences, or even

from another faculty.

The Bachelor of Social Sciences:

• investigates, analyses and interprets the major social justice

challenges we face in an increasingly globalised world

• has a strong focus on applied social research, policy analysis

and writing

• develops qualitative and quantitative research skills and

design for independent research.

Adelaide Approved

Adelaide Approved provides a fixed entry score set in advance,

which gives you a clearer picture of the range of options that you

have. For the Bachelor of Social Sciences this score is 70. You

no longer need to worry about changing cut off scores that reflect

supply and demand as the Adelaide Approved Score is simple

and straightforward: just meet program prerequisites, achieve

the required TER (including all bonus points) and you’re in!

Double Degrees

The Bachelor of Social Sciences makes a very effective double

degree and is a great fit if you have interests in completing a

Bachelor of Health Sciences and/or Bachelor of Development

Studies. Other double degree choices are available.

Internships and Application of

Social Sciences Methods

In your final year, you can apply for a merit based Social Sciences

Internship that gives direct access to possible future employers

with a social justice focus and the opportunity to work on a

research project together. Or you can strengthen your knowledge

in social sciences methodologies to build more expertise in this

area and particularly useful throughout a number of careers.

Study Abroad

You have over 100 opportunities around the world to study a

semester or two with one of our university-partners, including

throughout Europe, Asia and the US. And yes, it counts towards

your Bachelor of Social Sciences degree.

Careers

Graduates excel in social planning, government policy making,

market research, the media and public relations, aid development

organisations, environment agencies and in the health sector.

Skills

Skills you will develop include:

• Applied social research

• Policy analysis and writing

• Problem solving

• Analytical thinking and writing skills

• Conflict resolution and negotiation

• Project team work

• Writing for different contexts

• Global citizenship

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCES DEGREE PLAN

HumSS = Humanities and Social Sciences

FIRST YEAR Level 1

Semester 1: Social Sciences in Australia Globalisation, Justice & a

Crowded Planet

HumSS Course or other faculty course

HumSS Course or other faculty course

Semester 2: Introduction to Australian Politics Social Sciences Elective HumSS Course or other faculty course HumSS Course or other faculty course

SECOND YEAR Advanced Level

Semester 1: Social Theory in Action Social Policy and Citizenship HumSS Course or other faculty course HumSS Course or other faculty course

Semester 2: Social Science Techniques Social Research HumSS Course or other faculty course HumSS Course or other faculty course

FINAL YEAR Advanced Level

Semester 1: Social Science Techniques Advanced Social Research Advanced HumSS Course HumSS Course

Semester 2:

Social Sciences Internship or

Professional & Public Applications of Social Sciences Methods

HumSS Course

HumSS Course

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