Bachelor of Social Science

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Bachelor of Social Science


Program summary

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Program structure

Introductory courses (3)

COR109 Communication and Thought
SCS110 Introduction to Sociology: Society, Culture and Change
SCS130 Introduction to Indigenous Australia

Advanced courses (5)

SCS225 Social Research
SCS230 Understanding Society: An Introduction to Social Theory
SCS235 Social Justice, Welfare and the State
SCS290 Understanding Cultural Diversity
SCS295 Gender and Culture

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:

Or select 2 minors (4 courses each) from: 

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*:


*students who complete SCS2IP1 in addition to the required courses in this program are eligible for a major in Sociology. Register your selected Majors and Minors with your Faculty.

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.

Program requirements

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
Program notes
  • 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?
Domestic students 

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.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

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 your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study 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.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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