Bachelor of Social Science
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Look closely at human society with a Bachelor of Social Science. This degree will expand your insight into the science of people, places and social problems and give you skills in social research and applied social science.
The Bachelor of Social Science gives your career a head start by providing you with relevant work experience.
It meets industry needs thanks to our close links with many non-profit, charitable and community organisations, government departments and corporate agencies.
This social science degree will prepare you for a wide variety of jobs in government, policy-related work, research of all kinds and even social activism.
It is also flexible enough to give you the choice of 15 interdisciplinary majors, including criminology, indigenous studies, politics and international relations, public policy, law and governance, human geography and political economy and social policy.
- on-the-job experience with internships in well-known government, private and non-profit organisations
- a unique combination of applied social research with practical skills valued by employers
- understand culturally diverse social environments of the 21st century
- broaden your career options with the law double degree option
Macquarie's PACE program gives graduates real-world experience
Macquarie University knows today's graduates need more than just academic skills. That’s why its PACE program takes students out of the lecture theatre and places them in the heart of their chosen careers. PACE gives students invaluable life experience that sets them apart from other university graduates and, as a result, makes them better equipped for the real world and more attractive to employers.
Minimum course duration
3 years full-time
North Ryde (Sydney)
Interested in how our social worlds are constructed? The Bachelor of Social Science will help you make a difference in how society looks after itself and others.
English language requirements
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
Work experience requirements
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points for the degree||69|
|Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above||39|
|Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above||21|
|Completion of a Qualifying Major for the Bachelor of Social Science|
|Completion of a designated People unit|
|Completion of a designated Planet unit|
|Completion of a designated PACE unit|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
Specific minimum requirements:
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this degree
|100 level||Credit Points|
|Required||SSC100||Introduction to Social Science||3|
|200 level||Credit Points|
|Required||SOC224||Methods of Social Research||3|
|Required||SSC200||Evaluation, Planning and Policy||3|
|300 level||Credit Points|
|Required||SSC300||C||Advanced Social Research Methods||3|
|Required||SOC301||P||Internships in Social Research||6|
|Balance of credit points required (Electives)||27|
Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Bachelor of Social Science majors:
- Development Studies and Culture Change
- Gender Studies
- Human Geography
- Indigenous Studies
- Political Economy and Social Policy
- Politics and International Relations
- Psychological Science
- Public Policy, Law and Governance
- Social Justice
- Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
- Units marked with a P are PACE units.
- The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2014 ONLY.
It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
For more information please read the courses disclaimer.
‘Graduate Careers Australia’ statistics in 2010 showed that over 80% of bachelor degree graduates in Social Science across Australia were in some form of full-time or part-time employment.
Career opportunities for graduates can include international aid work, social research, market research, policy analysis, journalism and the media, education, tourism, program management and evaluation, social planning, resource management in social contexts, and intercultural communication.
Areas of work can also include government and non-government organisations, corporate business, and consultancy firms.
Range from and may include, but are not limited to:
- Civil Government at all levels and in a range of departments
- Private research companies and think tanks
- Charitable Organisations and Overseas Aid companies
- Education Government departments concerned with immigrants and language policy
- Non-government organisations and community service providers
- Speech technology research companies
Average starting salary
According to Graduate Careers Australia, the median salary for bachelor graduates in the field of social sciences is $45,100.
'Macquarie provides for the ultimate university experience. Degree programs are flexible, the teaching staff are supportive, the campus is easily accessible by car, bus and train, and our student body is the most culturally diverse I hae seen.
The university also supports its students in their off-campus endeavours, most notably in relation to overseas exchange and internships. With the guidance of my social science professors, I was able to secure an internship with the NSW Premier's Department and Cabinet which gave me valuable experience and practical skills.'
Dr Peter Rogers
Peter Rogers is a lecturer in the Sociology of Law and Criminology in the Department of Sociology. Peter completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) in urban regeneration and the social exclusion of young people, fostering a keen interest in the sociology of space and the operations of democratic governance.
Before moving to Australia in 2008 Peter was a lecturer in Cultural Studies, Criminology and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has been an active member of the British Sociological Association, sitting on the executive council as a trustee and founding the Urban Theory and Research Study Group.