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The scientific study of human society and social relationships is often drawn upon to solve some of the world’s biggest issues. Often misunderstood, the study of social sciences is invaluable as it helps to improve societies of tomorrow. By studying a Bachelor of Social Science in Australia, students draw upon multiple perspectives and disciplines to look beyond preconceptions and equip themselves to promote change in society.
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The Bachelor of Social Science allows students to undertake two majors or a double major in complimentary disciplines. Students are encouraged to explore the impact of Behaviour Management, Counselling, Criminology and Psychology on society. The multi-disciplinary approach equips graduates with a broad foundation of knowledge applicable to a number of career paths. Students in the Bachelor of Social Science have the opportunity to partake in for-credit internships or work experience. Bond’s dedicated Career Development Centre can assist students in finding an internship and work experience, allowing them to further develop their skill set. Students will also be able to find mentors that are interested in and influential to their career ambitions.
Combined degree options
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- Undertake two majors or a double major in cognate disciplines
- Apply theoretical knowledge to internship opportunities for credit
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About the program
The Bachelor of Social Science program encompasses several disciplines including criminology, psychology, counselling and behaviour management. The program allows you to combine subjects to complete a degree whose title reflects a specialisation of studies in the social sciences area of the Faculty.
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Bachelors Degree|
|Study area||Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
This degree will provide you with a basis for working in areas such as welfare, government departments, disability services or as disability officers or case workers, client support and advocacy as well as working with behavioural difficulties of children in educational settings.
Those students who choose a Behaviour Management focus will learn the framework and procedures for implementing functional analytical therapy with clients who have severe behavioural difficulties.
Students who choose a Criminology focus will gain the ability to understand a-typical behaviour patterns.
Those students who combine their studies with Psychology will be provided with the basis for understanding the presenting problems with clients in order to develop effective needs-based treatment programs.
Students who choose a Counselling focus will gain the ability to assess, diagnose and understand human behaviour as well as be able to apply ethical, legal and professional issues in counselling.
The Bachelor of Social Sciences program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:
University core subjects (3)
Students must choose one (1) of the following major combinations:
Psychology and Criminology
Psychology and Counselling Interventions
Criminology and Counselling Interventions
Criminology Double Major
Twelve (12) subjects drawn from the list of undergraduate Criminology offerings
Students can choose 9 subjects from the list of available subjects from across the University, provided they meet the subject requisites, enrolment restrictions and any other faculty requirements.
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2019 fees: $19,080 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
- 2020 fees: $20,040 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.
The following table provides comparative information for those domestic students admitted into this program wholly or partly on the basis of OP/ATAR in January semester 2019.
|ATAR based offers only, across all offer rounds||ATAR (OP in QLD)|
(Excluding adjustment factors)
(ATAR/OP plus any adjustment factors)
|Highest rank to receive an offer||OP1/ATAR 99||99|
|Median rank to receive an offer||OP10/ATAR 79||79|
|Lowest rank to receive an offer||OP11/ATAR 77||77|
Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at the Faculty in the January semester 2019.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
About the major areas
There is an increasing demand in the mental health and education fields for professionals who specialise in evidence-based methods for assessing, understanding and remediating the behavioural and other difficulties of individuals who, through a pre-existing disorder, are challenged by the regular demands of day-to-day life.
Bond’s Behaviour Management discipline is designed in consultation with education and health care experts who have identified the need for a new approach to working with the full range of challenging behaviours that limit an individual’s capacity to learn the skills for a successful life.
Our program provides evidence-based frameworks which teach graduates the practical competencies for analysing severe behavioural difficulties and developing techniques for lasting change in the functioning of children, adolescents and adults. Working in Bond’s trademark small classes, students benefit from the extensive knowledge of our staff and the blending of academic theory, research findings and face-to-face practice.
Students in Behaviour Management are taught functional assessment models that apply to a range of client groups and disabilities. They learn methods for determining the causes of difficult behaviour as well as frameworks for developing needs-based interventions to assist individuals to work towards positive behaviour change.
- Case Management
- Clinical Behaviour Management
- Community Services
- Education (after completion of a teaching qualification at an institution other than Bond)
- Government Departments
- Mental Health
- Human Resources
Counselling is a person-centred process designed to help clients or patients who are distressed, anxious, depressed or otherwise unhappy with their lives, relationships, or some aspect of their performance.
Students are taught evidence-based methods for building rapport with their clients and understanding the factors which cause those clients concern in their day-to-day lives. They are also taught a range of therapy strategies to guide future clients towards achieving their life goals and addressing the issues which cause them distress or unhappiness.
Depending on the courses and pathway chosen, graduates could expect to find employment in areas such as:
- Case Management
- Community Services
- Government Departments
- Mental Health
- Human Resources
Criminology is the scientific study of offences, offenders and victims of crime, drawing upon disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science and law. While largely an applied social science with an emphasis on practical application, criminology is underpinned by a strong theoretical base and body of scientific research. Criminology involves the study of crime patterns but also analysis of the operations of the criminal justice system - its policies, programs, police, courts and prisons.
Criminology at Bond strives to produce individuals who can think logically, conduct robust research, communicate effectively and thoroughly analyse criminal cases. These attributes are cultivated through specifically designed subjects, expert staff and Bond’s world class facilities, creating an engaging and effective learning environment.
Bond Criminology staff actively organise events that enhance the learning experience of students, such as annual seminars. These seminars explore themes such as criminal profiling, case reconstruction and victimology. The seminars are presented by experts in their field and provide a mix of practical and theoretical knowledge, applied to real cases. These seminars attract students and professionals from around the country, providing excellent networking opportunities for our students.
Depending on the courses and pathway chosen, graduates may find employment in areas such as:
- Corrective services
- Policy advice
- Crime research
- Law enforcement
- Private security consultancy
- Crime prevention program coordination
- Support of prisoners, victims and offenders
Psychology is an exciting and diverse field of study dedicated to understanding, describing, predicting and controlling the causes of behaviour and thought. This program provides a scientific grounding in the study of normal psychological processes such as perception, memory, learning, motivation, psychobiology, personality, emotion, developmental psychology and social relationships, as well as in abnormal psychology.
Our psychology staff are known for their expertise and enthusiasm for education and training, and our small class sizes and interactive teaching methods enable students to optimise their learning because they receive a high level of personal tuition and support. Our psychology academics are also recognised nationally and internationally for research. Our research activities cover a range of areas including clinical forensic and organisational psychology, personality, addiction, social psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, learning and human cognition.
The field of psychology is an applied discipline that underpins many occupations and vocational areas. This degree qualifies students for employment in professional areas such as counselling and various functions associated with human resources. It serves as building block for future studies where you are able to pursue careers in the professional practice of psychology including clinical, organisational or forensic psychology, counselling, health and community psychology, and other areas.
Dependent upon the exit point and the specialist area of study, graduates are employed as psychotherapists or counsellors, advisers to organisations, industry and governments on personnel matters, they engage in advertising and marketing activities, they advise the Courts on forensic and criminal matters, they administer personality and ability test, and they can engage in teaching and research.