Students who commenced prior to 2010, please refer to the previous Bachelor of Social Science course structure.
The Bachelor of Social Science program is focused on the scientific study of individuals, groups, and human societies. You will learn how social relationships and institutions shape individuals, and in turn, how they have the capacity to shape these social institutions. The program develops skills of investigation and analysis, critical thinking and effective communication and students undertake a major study in Community Health, Politics and Public Policy, Psychology, Psychology and Forensic Science, Psychology and Sport Science or Sociology.
The course is oriented towards the practical application of knowledge of society, such as counselling and policy evaluation. It nurtures the capacity for lifelong independent learning by developing skills of research, analysis, project management and effective communication that prepare students for a wide range of professional employment or for further study. Graduates are equipped for careers in areas such as policy analysis and development, research, community development, administration and human services management. With further studies, students with appropriate majors can obtain qualifications to become psychologists, librarians, teachers, personnel officers, social workers or sociologists.
As part of the Swinburne Professional Learning Model the program provides a supportive real-world learning environment. Learning opportunities are included through industry, community and research-based projects, practical case studies and scenarios, and problem-based learning. Each program emphasises problem-solving skills, to ensure that graduates have the ability to analyse problems, identify possible solutions and make well-informed decisions. The importance of on-going professional development is instilled in graduates.
Complementing a cross-discipline combination of unit offerings, students can structure their course to graduate with a tagged or untagged degree. By selecting specific combinations of Professional Majors and Co-Majors, students can graduate with one of the following: