The Bachelor of Social Science is an online program delivered by Swinburne Online and consists of a total of 24 units (300 credit points). Units normally carry 12.5 credit points. A standard annual full-time load comprises eight units (100 credit points), and a standard annual part-time load comprises four units (50 credit points).
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Social Science, students must complete 300 credit points comprising of:
- 4 Social Science Core units of study (50 credit points)
- 8 Major units of study from Criminology, Behavioural Studies, Security and International Relations*, or Security and Counter Terrorism* (100 credit points)
- 12 units of study (150 credit points) comprising a co-major, advanced minor, minor and/or electives
Students may not complete more than 150 credit points (normally 12 units) at Introductory Level. A unit of study can only be counted once, where units are shared between majors and/or minors, students must choose an approved alternate.
Students studying the Security and International Relations major cannot also study the Security and Counter Terrorism major due to the similarity of units.
Swinburne Online offers a flexible degree structure allowing students to adjust their study commitment throughout the duration of their program. Students have the flexibility to study between one and four units per teaching period.
Below are examples of study loads for Swinburne Online students:
- Accelerated study: 12 units of study per academic year
- Full-time study: eight units of study per academic year
- Part-time study: four units of study per academic year
- Recommended study: six units of study per academic year
*This major is not available to international students.
Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Social Science is 150 credit points (normally 12 units)