Bachelor of Social Science

University of Newcastle

By studying our Bachelor of Social Science degree students gain an empowering qualification that leads to rewarding careers in diverse fields. This degree allows students to develop cultural sensitivity, ethical awareness and a solid understanding of the systems that define our world. Social Science is the study of social relationships, structures and issues. Through core and elective courses, you will learn to analyse, challenge and gain insight into globally significant theories about gender, class, race, crime, illness and health, work, social justice and social organisation. Students explore the exciting complexities of the human social experience and learn to apply the research methodologies of social science to the societies in which we exist. Choose from 11 diverse social science majors to enrich your learning and employment options. UON Social Science graduates are work-ready through hands-on learning and the opportunity for a minimum of 80 hours work experience as part of the degree. Not all majors are available at both campuses.

Course Fee:


International: $81,150

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; selection based on ATAR or equivalent

Structure:

240 units including 80 units of Core courses, an 80 unit Major sequence and 40 units of Directed courses and 40 units of Electives. One year of full-time study typically involves the completion of 80 units.

Subjects you can Study:

Global indigenous studies; Human services; Criminology; History; Human geography and the environment; Human resource management and industrial relations; Leisure and tourism management; Linguistics; Politics and international relations; Psychology studies; Sociology and anthropology.

Study Pathways:

Up to 80 units of credit on the basis of certain TAFE Community Welfare Diplomas. Honours is available as an additional year to meritorious students.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan 60 Yes Full time 3 years
Ourimbah 60 Yes Full time 3 years
Ourimbah 60 Yes Part time 6 years
Callaghan 60 Yes Part time 6 years

Since our foundation as an independent university in 1965, the University of Newcastle has specialised in delivering world-class education to talented students from all walks of life. 

Our commitment to equity, performance in innovation and making a global impact has been recognised internationally, with the university being ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings Fact File, 2018). 

The University of Newcastle is home to more than 38,000 enthusiastic individuals from 115 countries around the globe, all looking to bring new to the world.

New approaches to shape tomorrow’s leaders

Our goal is to shape graduates who are more than degree-qualified. 

We deliver degrees that promote real-world experience, facilitate specialised work placements and encourage entrepreneurial opportunities.

From international exchanges that allow you to make your mark on the world stage, to opportunities to create a social enterprise around your passion, we offer a supportive and future-focused learning environment. 

Embedding Work Integrated Learning programs into our degrees allows students to gain real-world, practical experience and establish professional networks during their studies. 

New research with global impact

Our teaching and research staff are leaders in their field. They are here to motivate and inspire future generations of students who will be the leaders of tomorrow. 

The University of Newcastle continues to deliver innovative approaches to research.  The significance of our research is reflected in the Australian Government's Excellence in Research Australia assessment, which awarded the university the highest possible '5' rating across 22 research fields, placing us in the top eight Australian universities for research quality well above world standard.

Our world-class research and strong national and international partnerships drives the kind of innovation and discovery that challenges conventional thinking. Our research breaks new ground and changes lives.

New spaces to spark ideas

With campus locations in Newcastle (Callaghan), Newcastle CBD, Central Coast, Port Macquarie, Sydney and Singapore, we offer inspiring and innovative environments across all our hubs, ideal for connecting learning and lifestyle. 

The newly opened $95 million NeW Space precinct boasts state-of-the-art facilities, harnessing the latest technologies in teaching to deliver an exceptional student experience. 

Each of our locations provide students with a range of services designed to create a vibrant and dynamic environment for student life. These include cafes and bars, clubs and societies, accommodation, fitness centres, swimming pools, transport, restaurants and more. 

So, whether you are finishing high school this year, changing career direction, or contemplating study for the first time, we are sure you will find your path to new here. 

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