Why study the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Social Science with Honours is a single year of full-time (or part time equivalent) advanced level study plus applied research in the behavioural and social sciences. Students are eligible to undertake Honours if they have completed a Bachelor of Social Science degree or its equivalent with an appropriate level of achievement.
The honours program combines a flexible mix of coursework and independent study, during which students prepare and undertake an approved independent social science research project and submit a formal honours thesis. Honours students are encouraged to extend their specialised study in one of the areas of Health and Society, Social and Public Policy, Development or Criminal Justice and can be individually supervised across relevant UQ schools or and Research Centres. An Honours degree in Social Science allows students to develop, extend and consolidate their knowledge and skills in social science theory and research in relation to their specialisation area and is a valuable additional qualification on entering the job market.

Summary

  • Program code
    2033
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    Ipswich, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

A Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent with a GPA of 5 from advanced core courses and the highest grades received in 6 units of advanced courses in the chosen major.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Criminal Justice

This major gives students the background and skills to critically evaluate how we can better respond to emerging crime problems in our communities. Courses included in the major focus on the social factors leading to criminality and the response to criminal behaviour from the justice system. In contrast to the major in criminology for the BA which focuses more closely on theoretical and research skills in criminology, this major emphasises applied social policy issues relating to criminal justice. Students are given a broad introduction to the field in year 1, followed by upper level courses that focus on the social causes of offending and the various ways in which different parts of the justice system deal with criminal/offending behaviour.

Development

Undergraduate level study in Social Science involves multidisciplinary perspectives on social issues and the application of social science knowledge, skills and sensitivities to contemporary social problems, policy analysis and social research. Students undertaking a major in Development as part of their Bachelor of Social Science investigate causes of, and approaches to, international and community level inequality and critically evaluate strategies to enhance development and respond to the varied effects of economic growth on the social and physical environment. The main aims of an Honours year specialising in Development are:

  • to enable students with an adequate background in Development to extend their studies in more depth than is possible with a pass degree
  • to enhance students capacity for independent research and to extend research skills appropriate to the field of Development, and;
  • to train to a standard sufficient for a specialist career or enrolment in postgraduate research degrees. Achievement of first class or IIA Honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

Health and Society

Students gain an understanding of the social and ethical factors influencing health and illness. Focus is placed on the way the health system works, and gaining the skills relevant to becoming a social science worker in health care.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

How can we help?

Here's everything you need to get in touch with us.

Ask a question

Send us your question and we'll get back to you
Ask

Live chat

Book a call back

Leave your number and we'll call at a time that suits you
Book

Frequently asked questions

What would you like to know? Browse some of our popular topics or search our frequently asked questions to find answers to some common questions.

How do I know what credit I might be eligible for?

In what month do semesters at UQ start?

Can I go on exchange in a postgraduate degree?

When are my fees due?

How do I find out if my program can be completed part-time?

View UQ Answers