School of Social Sciences - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences is known for its enthusiastic students, committed teaching staff (including national award-winning teachers) and leading researchers. We are proud of our engagement through research, teaching and service in major issues that affect our local, national and global communities.

The School offers excellent undergraduate learning experiences through its wide range of programs which include:

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Counselling
  • Human Services
  • Urban Design and Town Planning
  • Sociology
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Development studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • Indigenous Studies

Our programs include opportunities for independent research projects, work integrated learning including internships, and overseas study. The School’s postgraduate programs provide pathways for students seeking careers in Psychology, Social Work, Counselling and Urban and Regional Panning. All our professional programs are externally accredited. The School’s Honours, master's (Research) and PhD programs offer students the opportunity to pursue their research passions.

Our highly-qualified academic and professional staff are undertaking major projects which are attracting national and international recognition. These projects include:

  • nationally funded research on human factors analysis, with the aim of saving individuals’ lives and ensuring more effective responses to emergencies
  • work that seeks to prevent child sexual abuse
  • a project improving social and cultural outcomes for farmers in several Pacific Island countries funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • caring for country and Indigenous community leadership
  • use of digital technologies and interactive exhibits to enhance community capacity and solve social problems
  • improving clinical outcomes for individuals with persistent pain

A brief list of other research being pursued by both staff and postgraduate students includes:

  • allied health, social work and ethics
  • historical contributions in environmental planning
  • Indigenous engagement in environmental management
  • neohumanism and educational futures; motivation and performance
  • organisational theory
  • water planning
  • human–animal interactions

The School has a vibrant higher degree by research community.