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.

Course information

Study area

Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

345

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

081325G

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have qualified for the Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Wollongong, or a degree identified as equivalent by the Head of Students, and achieved a WAM of at least 75 in 200 and 300 level subjects.

FEES

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.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have qualified for the Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Wollongong, or a degree identified as equivalent by the Head of Students, and achieved a WAM of at least 75 in 200 and 300 level subjects.


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)

86

18

18

17

17

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

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$13,296 (2021)

$26,592 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



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 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
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.  All students will complete a thesis of a least 24 credit points, but the structure of the program may vary from discipline to discipline because students are required to enrol in subjects appropriate to their 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. 

Criminology; Health Promotion; Public Health; Social Marketing; Social Policy

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Full-time Year 1
HAS 400 Honours 48 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
Part-time Year 1
HAS 402 Honours Part 1 (Part-time Students) 24 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
Part-time Year 2
HAS 403 Honours Part 2 (Part-time Students) 24 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021

Human Geography

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Full-time Year 1
GEOG401 Human Geography Honours Full-time 48 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
Part-time Year 1
GEOG404 Human Geography Honours Part 1 (Part-time Students) 24 Annual
Part-time Year 2
GEOG405 Human Geography Honours Part 2 (Part-time Students) 24 Annual

Community, Culture & Environment; Indigenous Studies; Sociology

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

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page. 

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 Coursework 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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