Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) *

Course summary

This degree is for high achieving students who have completed the three-year Bachelor of Social Science degree. Applicants must have achieved the required weighted average mark of at least 70% in their degree and 75% in 24 credit points of third year subjects relevant to their honours area. Honours involves a year of research training and supervised research in a topic of personal interest. It deepens important skills in your portfolio.

What you will study

This one-year Honours program provides you with the opportunity to undertake research on a topic of interest. An Honours degree may be used as a gateway to higher research degrees, a research-focused career, or for professions requiring advanced analytical and investigative skills.

This degree

This Honours degree will allow you to further develop your knowledge and skills in your field of inquiry, and make you more competitive in the workforce. It is a research training degree that provides training in in-depth enquiry, specialised development of research skills, project management and communicating findings.

*New for 2018

Course information

Study area

Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

345

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

1 year (2 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

081325G

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified for the Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Wollongong, or a degree deemed by the Head of Students to be equivalent, and achieved a WAM of at least 70, with an average of at least 75 in 24cp of third year subjects relevant to the honours area proposed.

Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the relevant Honours Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

Acceptance into honours is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $23,856

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified for the Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Wollongong, or a degree deemed by the Head of Students to be equivalent, and achieved a WAM of at least 70, with an average of at least 75 in 24cp of third year subjects relevant to the honours area proposed.

Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the relevant Honours Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

Acceptance into honours is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Second Friday in December in year preceding enrolment

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018 (TBC)
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) will be able to:

  1. Gain in-depth knowledge of Social Science theory as it applies to a specific practical Social Science research topic.
  2. Develop methodological skills in exploring a key Social Science issue in the community. 
  3. Conceptualise, plan, undertake and report on an independent Social Science research project.
  4. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions. 

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) requires the successful completion of a 48 credit point program of advanced study, as specified in the following table. The structure of the program may vary from discipline to discipline, but will include a thesis of at least 24 credit points.

Students enrol in the appropriate Honours program for their chosen discipline. Part-time options are available in some disciplines but must be arranged with the Head of School for the particular discipline. Students enrolling in the part-time option will need to successfully complete 48 credit points of the equivalent part-time subjects.

Not all disciplines accept enrolments commencing in Spring. You should discuss your plans with an academic adviser in time to plan your entry to honours.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Criminology, Health Promotion, Public Health, Social Marketing, Social Policy
Full-time
HAS 400 Honours 48 Annual, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018
Human Geography
Full-time
GEOG401 Human Geography Honours Full-time 48 Annual, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018
Part-time
GEOG404 Human Geography Honours Part 1 (Part-time Students) 24 Annual, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018
GEOG405 Human Geography Honours Part 2 (Part-time Students) 24 Annual, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018

Students completing an honours year in one of the following disciplines will remain enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree but complete the subjects specified for that study area in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours):

  • Community, Culture & Environment
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Sociology

Honours Method

The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with the University of Wollongong Method 1, i.e. based entirely on performance in 400 level subjects. For further information refer to General Course Rules.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW Social Sciences is an innovative discipline giving you expertise in research, and practical knowledge of social systems and practices in diverse environments. Our Social Science academics are at the forefront of their specialisations. They're accredited professionals, published authors and respected researchers who are connected to their professional research networks. They bring all this experience with them to enrich and guide your in depth research and learning experience.

Career opportunities
  • Community Planning and Development
  • Environmental Officer
  • Federal and International Policy
  • Health Care Management and Policy
  • Local and International Community Development
  • Local Government
  • Market Research
  • Policy Analysis And Evaluation
  • Social Planning and Social Impact Assessment
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