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  • Objectives
    The Bachelor of Social Science course provides students with the theoretical insights and practical competencies that will enable them to play a creative role in a variety of public and community-based settings. The resources of contemporary psychology and sociology provide crucial theory and practices that enhance the quality of human life and enrich our understanding of the human person. The course offers the opportunity for dialogue between those fields leading to professional competence in the human services sector.
  • Entry requirements
    Queensland Prerequisites: English (4, SA) Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (any).
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Social Science
  • Course description
    The course aims to:

    1. prepare graduates who are committed to the highest ethical standards in their dealings with clients, colleagues and the public;

    2. induct students into their academic disciplines relevant to the study of Sociology and/or Psychology or Behavioural Science;

    3. foster in students a sense of the importance of community service and a willingness to participate in public debates relevant to social, psychological or theological concerns within the Australian society;

    4. demonstrate an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams

    Professional Recognition

    Qld only: Graduates from the Behavioural Science/Counselling combination majors will be eligible to apply for associate membership of the Queensland Counsellors Association and membership of the Australian Association of Pastoral Counsellors.

    Career Opportunities

        * Community development work
        * Community planning
        * Corrective services
        * Counselling
        * Family and child welfare
        * Hospital pastoral care
        * Human resources management
        * Social welfare work
        * Youth work

    Bachelor of Social Science (Pass and Honours)
    BSocSc

    240 cp (Pass)

    Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

    80 cp (Honours)

    Minimum duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

    Course available at:
    Brisbane, Queensland
    Melbourne, Victoria

    EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Definitions

    “Major”: 80 cp in prescribed units in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, including at least 10 cp at introductory level and at least 60 cp at advanced level.

    “Minor”: 40 cp in prescribed units in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, including at least 10 cp at introductory level and at least 20 cp at advanced level.

    2. Requirements for Completion of the Pass Degree

    To qualify for the Pass degree, a student must complete 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

       1. 80 cp from one Table A Major in Sociology, Behavioural Science or Psychology;
       2. 80 cp from:
             1. a further Major selected from Table A or Table B, provided that a student cannot undertake Majors in both Behavioural Science and Psychology; or
             2. two Minors from Table C;
       3. 20 cp from two Mission-focussed Units29;
       4. 10 cp from SOCG104 Introduction to Social Issues and Policy;
       5. in the case of a student who undertakes a major in Sociology or Behavioural Science: 10 cp from Social Science Practicum Units;
       6. up to 50 cp from Electives

    3. Requirements for Completion of the Honours Degree

    To qualify for the Honours degree a student must, in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Pass degree, complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Honours Units, consisting of:

       1. 50 cp from the Thesis; and
       2. 30 cp from Coursework Units.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Core Unit
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SOCG104     10     Introduction to Social Issues and Policy
    Table A Majors

    Behavioural Science

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    BEHV101     10     Behavioural Science 1
    BEHV102     10     Behavioural Science 2

    Electives
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    BEHV200     10     Cognition and Learning (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                     Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV201     10     Contemporary Psychology (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                 Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV202     10     Cross-cultural Psychology (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                 Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV203     10     Developmental Psychology (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                 Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV204     10     Communication Skills (Pre: 20 cp in 100-level units in Behavioural Science or                                     Youth Work)
    BEHV205     10     Introduction to Personality (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                 Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV206     10     Psychology of Organisations (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                             Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV208     10     Psychology of Religion (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                         Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV209     10     Research Methods (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                             Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV210     10     Small Group Processes (Pre: 20 cp in 100-level units in Behavioural Science or                                 Youth Work)
    BEHV211     10     Social Psychology (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                             Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV212     10     The Concept of Self (Pre: BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                             Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV215     10     Work, Stress and the Family (BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                     Behavioural Science 2)
    BEHV219     10     Psychological Disorders (BEHV101 Behavioural Science 1 and BEHV102                                             Behavioural Science 2)

    Psychology30

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    PSYC100     10     Psychology A
    PSYC101     10     Psychology B

    Electives
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    PSYC200     10     Lifespan Development (Pre: PSYC101 Psychology B)
    PSYC202     10     Social Psychology (Pre: PSYC101 Psychology B)
    PSYC204     10     Biological Psychology (Pre: PSYC101 Psychology B)
    PSYC205     10     Learning and Perception (Pre: PSYC204 Biological Psychology)
    PSYC300     10     Theories of Personality (Pre: PSYC202 Social Psychology)
    PSYC304     10     Abnormal Psychology (Pre: PSYC202 Social Psychology)
    PSYC307     10     Cognitive Psychology (Pre: PSYC202 Social Psychology and PSYC205 Learning                                 and Perception)
    PSYC309     10     Psychological Testing (Pre: PSYC202 Social Psychology)

    Sociology

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SOCI100     10     Introduction to Sociology
    SOCI107     10     Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods
    SOCI234     10     Sociological Theory and Practice (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and                                 SOCI107 Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI237     10     Sociological Research Methods: Quantitative Methods (Pre: SOCI100                                                 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI107 Sociological Research Methods:                                             Qualitative Methods)

    Electives
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SOCI204     10     Sociology of Culture (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI107                                     Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI206     10     Globalisation and Social Movements (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and                             SOCI107 Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI209     10     Sociology of Race and Ethnicity in Australia (Pre: 10 cp of 100-level Sociology or                                 Australian Studies units)
    SOCI217     10     Sociology of Ageing (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI107                                         Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI222     10     Sociology of Religion (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI107                                     Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI226     10     Australian Youth Cultures (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI107                             Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI235     10     Sociology of Health and Illness (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and                                     SOCI107 Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI236     10     Sociology of Childhood and the Family (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology                                 and SOCI107 Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI238     10     Sociology of the Environment (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and                                         SOCI107 Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI239     10     Sociology of Gender (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI107                                     Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI240     10     Sociology of Poverty (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI107                                     Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    SOCI241     10     Sociology of Work (Pre: SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI107                                         Sociological Research Methods: Qualitative Methods)
    Table B Majors

    Human Resource Management

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    HRMG100     10     Management and People

    Plus 1 of the following
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ACCT100    10     Principles of Accounting
    ECON104   10     Business Economics (Inc ECON102 Microeconomics)
    ISYS101     10     Fundamentals of Business IS
    MKTG100    10     Principles of Marketing

    Electives
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    BUSN202     10     Professional Ethics
    HRMG201     10     Human Resource Development (Pre: HRMG100 Management and People)
    HRMG202     10     Performance Management (Pre: HRMG100 Management and People)
    HRMG204     10     Organisational Behaviour (Pre: HRMG100 Management and People)
    HRMG303     10     Organisational Change (Pre: 120cp including HRMG100 Management and People)
    HRMG305     10     Contemporary Issues in HRM (Pre: 120 cp, including 40 cp from the Human                                      Resource Management Major)
    HRMG310     10     International HRM (Pre: HRMG100 Management and People)

    Marketing

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    MKTG100     10     Principles of Marketing

    Plus 1 of the following
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ACCT100      10     Principles of Accounting
    ECON104     10     Business Economics (Inc: ECON102 Microeconomics)
    HRMG100     10     Management and People
    ISYS101       10     Fundamentals of Business IS

    Electives

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    BUSN202     10     Professional Ethics
    MKTG201     10     Consumer Behaviour (Pre: MKTG100 Principles of Marketing)
    MKTG202     10     Marketing Communication (Pre: MKTG100 Principles of Marketing)
    MKTG301     10     International Marketing (Pre: MKTG100 Principles of Marketing)
    MKTG302     10     Retail Marketing (Pre: MKTG100 Principles of Marketing)
    MKTG305     10     Services Marketing (Pre: MKTG100 Principles of Marketing)
    MKTG311     10     E-Marketing (Pre: MKTG100 Principles of Marketing)

    Counselling

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    COUN106     10     Introduction to Counselling
    COUN208     10     Theories and Techniques of Counselling 1 (Pre: COUN106 Introduction to                                          Counselling)

    Electives
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    COUN211     10     Working in Human Services (Pre: COUN106 Introduction to Counselling)
    COUN212     10     Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling (Pre: COUN106 Introduction to                                              Counselling)
    COUN213     10     Mediation and Dispute Resolution (Pre: COUN208 Theories and Techniques of                                  Counselling 1)
    COUN214     10     Grief and Loss Counselling (Pre: COUN208 Theories and Techniques of                                              Counselling 1)
    COUN215     10     Theories and Techniques of Counselling 2 (Pre: COUN208 Theories and                                          Techniques of Counselling 1)
    COUN216     10     Religious and Spiritual Issues in Counselling (Pre: THCT100 What Christians                                      Believe and COUN208 Theories and Techniques of Counselling 1)

    Theological Studies

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THBS100     10     Introduction to the Bible
    THCP100     10     The Signs of the Times
    THCT100     10     What Christians Believe

    Electives

    Five advanced level units from the Theological Studies sequence of the Bachelor of Arts degree.
    Table C Minors

    A student may complete a Minor in those disciplines listed in Table A or B or from the Schedule of Unit Offerings for the Bachelor of Arts degree as follows:

    - Communication
    - Economics
    - Family Studies
    - History
    - ICT
    - Politics
    - Italian
    - Japanese
    - Philosophy
    - Study of Religions
    - Theological Studies
    - Youth Work

    Practicum Studies

    Social Science
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SOCG302     10     Social Science Practicum

    Mission-focussed Units

    As per the list for the Bachelor of Arts.

    Schedule of Honours Units

    Thesis Units

    a.
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    HUMA400     10     Honours Thesis A (Full-time)
    HUMA406     10     Honours Thesis B (Full-time)

    or

    b.
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    HUMA401     10     Honours Thesis A (Part-time)
    HUMA407     10     Honours Thesis B (Part-time)
    HUMA408     10     Honours Thesis C (Part-time)
    HUMA409     20     Honours Thesis D (Part-time)

    Coursework Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SOCI404     10     Issues in the Methodology of the Social Sciences
    SOCI406     10     Advanced Studies in Sociology A
    SOCI407     10     Advanced Studies in Sociology B

    29 Where relevant, a Mission-focussed Unit may contribute to a major or minor sequence in the cognate discipline.
    30 To satisfy the requirements of an Australian Psychological Society three year sequence in Psychology, students must complete all ten units listed for this major.

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