Play a role in social change.
Our program equips you with comprehensive skills and knowledge in social and political theory, social research and public policy. This program’s core focus is sociology and offers you the opportunity to specialise in areas such as geography, politics and international relations, public policy, Indigenous studies and development studies.
Develop your understanding of the social, political, economic and environmental processes that underpin social change and conflict at local, national and international levels. Complete an elective industry project in a social or community organisation to apply your theory to practice.
You’ll embody a compassion for others and develop an ethos of integrity, social justice and equity. Our social science degree is a strong base for further studies in law or honours. You’ll have a wide variety of career options in areas such as advocacy, community education, social services, international aid work and research.
Criminology, Development Studies; Geography; Politics and International Relations; Sociology; Sustainability-Society.
Policy analysis and development, social planning, government, research, local and regional planning, community education, industrial relations, unions, welfare.
Application and admission advice
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.
Introductory courses (3)
Advanced courses (5)
Major or minor courses (8)
Completion of the above plus one further advanced sociology course enables you to graduate with a Sociology major (please follow the link to see the list of advanced courses available in the Sociology major). Register your selected Majors and Minors.
In addition, select 8 courses to complete 1 major from those listed below or 2 minors from those listed below:
Select a major (8 courses) from:
- Development Studies
- Politics and International Relations
- Sustainability - Society
Or select 2 minors (4 courses each) from:
- Community Development
- Development Studies
- Indigenous Studies
- Politics and International Relations
- Public Policy
Elective courses (8)
Select 8 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering). It is strongly recommended that electives be utilised to complete an additional minor or to convert your chosen minor to a major.
The following elective course is strongly recommended*:
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course
- You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
- Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
- You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
- Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.
- Current students
- Step 1 - Enrol in your courses
- Step 2 - Select your class times
- How to enrol once Class selection has opened
- Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
- New students
- Plan your study
- Confirm your enrolment
- More information
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.
Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.
* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.
View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.
To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.
Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.