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Bachelor of Social Science

Program overview

The scientific study of society and social relationships lies at the very heart of our humanity and how we co-exist with each other. It can be used to explore some of the world’s greatest challenges, to solve our biggest problems and to create a better future.
 
Bond University’s Bachelor of Social Science is one of our most flexible study programs where you can design their individual combination of social science study streams, choosing from psychology, counselling interventions and criminology.

You will nominate two key areas of study to form the foundation of your degree and further tailor it with nine electives chosen from subjects offered by any Faculty of the University.

Choose subjects based on your personal interest or career ambitions. With opportunities available to work in health, government, the corporate sector, education, private practice, welfare, law, law enforcement and community settings, you can choose electives from the Faculty of Society and Design. Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond Business School, and Bond Law.

In Bond’s trademark small classes, you will benefit from the personal mentoring offered by your teachers – all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.

Program code: HS-20007

CRICOS code: 063082E

Program overview

The scientific study of society and social relationships lies at the very heart of our humanity and how we co-exist with each other. It can be used to explore some of the world’s greatest challenges, to solve our biggest problems and to create a better future.
 
Bond University’s Bachelor of Social Science is one of our most flexible study programs where you can design their individual combination of social science study streams, choosing from psychology, counselling interventions and criminology.

You will nominate two key areas of study to form the foundation of your degree and further tailor it with nine electives chosen from subjects offered by any Faculty of the University.

Choose subjects based on your personal interest or career ambitions. With opportunities available to work in health, government, the corporate sector, education, private practice, welfare, law, law enforcement and community settings, you can choose electives from the Faculty of Society and Design. Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond Business School, and Bond Law.

In Bond’s trademark small classes, you will benefit from the personal mentoring offered by your teachers – all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.

Program code: HS-20007

CRICOS code: 063082E

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Pathway to Criminology at Bond

About this 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 program whose title reflects a specialisation of studies in the social sciences area of the Faculty.

What you'll be studying

  • Study overview

    The Bachelor of Social Science is made up of 24 subjects (240 credit points). Studying a full-time load of four subjects per semester, you can complete the qualification in 2 years, with Bond’s accelerated three-semester-per-year timetable.

  • Your study schedule

    Your study schedule will depend on your chosen areas of specialisation, with options in psychology, criminology, and counselling interventions. 

    Each student must nominate two majors (six subjects from one study area) in some combination as follows:

    • Psychology and criminology, 
    • Psychology and counselling interventions, 
    • Criminology and counselling interventions, or 
  • Psychology

    Psychology focusses on understanding, describing, predicting, and controlling the causes of behaviour and thought. Our program gives you a scientific grounding in the study of normal psychological processes (perception, memory, learning, motivation, psychobiology, personality, emotion, developmental psychology, and social relationships) as well as abnormal psychology. Our psychology staff are known for their expertise and are recognised nationally and internationally for their research.

  • Criminology

    Criminology is the scientific study of offences, offenders, and victims of crime, drawing upon disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science, and law. It involves the study of crime patterns and analysis of the criminal justice system - its policies, programs, police, courts, and corrections. Bond is renowned for its criminology programs, led by experts who are regularly called on by the media for perspective and commentary.

  • Counselling interventions

    Our increased awareness of mental health issues has accelerated demand for practitioners who specialise in evidence-based methods for assessing, understanding, and remediating the behavioural challenges. You develop skills in working with people who have special needs and developmental disabilities, and capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team with other professionals. You will help your clients achieve their life goals through a range of tailored therapies and strategies.

  • Electives & core subjects

    The remaining nine electives can be chosen from any undergraduate subjects offered by any faculty of the University. You may use six of those subjects to complete a third major, subject to faculty approval.  You will also complete the three University core subjects that ensure every Bond student develops strong leadership skills in critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and ethics.  

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Program features

  • Broaden your career

    Tailor your studies to match your personal interests and career ambitions by choosing your own majors and electives. The opportunity to complete two – or even three – majors gives you the broadest possible choice of career options. You can explore those options further through work placements or for-credit internships.

  • Industry in the classroom

    Our Social Sciences academics are renowned for their expertise in professional practice, teaching and research. Working in Bond’s trademark small classes, you’ll be mentored by people like high profile criminologist and author of three textbooks, Dr Wayne Petherick,expert in Counseling and Behaviour Management Dr Aude Etournaud, and psychology researchers and practitioners.  
    They bring a dynamic energy to the classroom and involve students in innovative research projects and current cases.

  • Career support

    In addition to the industry connections, internship opportunities and job recommendations presented by our academics, the team at Bond’s Career Development Centre will work with you one-on-one to map out your career pathway and prepare you for the job application and interview process.

  • Make a difference

    Extracurricular programs such as Transformer and Beyond Bond let you work on real-life passion projects and volunteering programs as part of your studies.

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Hear from our Bondies

  • Senior Case Manager

    "My degree taught me a lot about the criminology industry and my lecturers were integral to the successful completion of my studies, providing invaluable advice and guidance throughout. Criminology was an area I was so interested in, I gained so much more from my studies, and it was evident my lecturers were also passionate about what they were teaching. Through my internship organised by Bond, I was able to secure employment in my current position through an internship organised by Bond."

    Daniele Juriansz - Alumna
  • Criminology

    “We get to know our students and what their aspirations are for employment in the future. So, we can help tailor their studies to help them secure the job they want.”

    Dr Robyn Lincoln - Assistant Professor
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Hear from our Bondies

  • Senior Case Manager

    "My degree taught me a lot about the criminology industry and my lecturers were integral to the successful completion of my studies, providing invaluable advice and guidance throughout. Criminology was an area I was so interested in, I gained so much more from my studies, and it was evident my lecturers were also passionate about what they were teaching. Through my internship organised by Bond, I was able to secure employment in my current position through an internship organised by Bond."

    Daniele Juriansz - Alumna
  • Criminology

    “We get to know our students and what their aspirations are for employment in the future. So, we can help tailor their studies to help them secure the job they want.”

    Dr Robyn Lincoln - Assistant Professor
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