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.
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (3) 36 units
Developing and Graduate courses (5) 60 units
Major or minor courses (8) 96 units
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 developing and graduate courses available in the Sociology major). Apply for your selected Majors and Minors.
In addition, select 8 courses (96 units) to complete 1 major from those listed below or 2 minors from those listed below:
Select a major (8 courses: 96 units) from:
- Development Studies
- Politics and International Relations
- Sustainability - Society
Or select 2 minors (4 courses: 48 units each) from:
- Community Development
- Development Studies
- Indigenous Studies
- Politics and International Relations
- Public Policy
Elective courses (8) 96 units
Select 8 elective courses (96 units) 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
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- 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 units per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- 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 Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Apply for 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
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
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:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.