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.

ModeOn Campus
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semestersJanuary 2018, May 2018, September 2018, May 2017, September 2017
Program fees

Fees & other costs

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Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaSocial Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-20007
CRICOS code063082E
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: sbc@bond.edu.au

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.

View the Bachelor of Social Sciences - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Bachelor of Social Sciences program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:

University core subjects (3)

Plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement

Majors (12)

Students must choose one (1) of the following combinations:

Double major in Criminology

Twelve (12) subjects drawn from the list of undergraduate criminology offerings.

Psychology and Criminology
Psychology and Behaviour Management
Psychology and Counselling
Criminology and Behaviour Management
Criminology and Counselling

Electives (9)

Students must choose nine (9) elective subjects of which at least five (5) must come from the Faculty of Society & Design list of undergraduate subjects.

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Domestic students

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.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

Academic requirements

Year 12 school leaver

Bond University requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent for entry to Bachelor level programs. Bond does not rely solely on the Overall Position (OP) or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Rather, a range of criteria are also considered such as extracurricular activities and personal attributes, including outstanding leadership qualities and community involvement.

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

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to 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.

Career areas

  • Case Management
  • Clinical Behaviour Management
  • Community Services
  • Education (after completion of a teaching qualification at an institution other than Bond)
  • Government Departments
  • Mental Health
  • Welfare
  • 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.

Career areas

Depending on the courses and pathway chosen, graduates could expect to find employment in areas such as:

  • Case Management
  • Counselling
  • Community Services
  • Education
  • Government Departments
  • Mental Health
  • Welfare
  • 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.

Career areas

Depending on the courses and pathway chosen, graduates may find employment in areas such as:

  • Corrective services
  • Policy advice
  • Crime research
  • Law enforcement
  • Investigation
  • Private security consultancy
  • Crime prevention program coordination
  • Support of prisoners, victims and offenders
  • Advocacy

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.

Career outcomes

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.

Why Bond?

Daniele Juriansz
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Major in Criminology and Behaviour Management
Graduated 2015, Bond University

I chose to study at Bond University because I found a degree that suited my career interests and because of Bond's reputation for providing the highest quality education, small class sizes and the opportunity to complete my degree faster than anywhere else.

I decided to study criminology because it is a field I have always been interested in and believed it would provide career opportunities in an industry that would be challenging yet rewarding.

I am currently employed by Queensland Corrective Services, in an Acting Senior Case Management Position. I have been employed there since March 2015.

In my position I have a case load of high risk offenders which I manage. I supervise these offenders and assist them in a number or different ways, such as referring them to external agencies and addressing their identified needs. Other responsibilities include assessing risk on a day to day basis, writing reports within a timely manner and keeping detailed case notes following each interaction.

Bond has helped me to fulfil these responsibilities by preparing me for this role. 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.

I enjoyed my experience at Bond University immensely. As 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, which was the ideal outcome. I would happily recommend Bond to anyone considering study.

Bond University's criminology department is highly regarded in Australia and my lecturers really motivated me to do my best, providing me with excellent support. I believe Bond's criminology degree can best prepare anyone for a career within the criminology industry.

"I decided to study at Bond University as I was aware of the universities high reputation. What I enjoyed best about studying at Bond was a combination of three elements including the short travel distance from home, the accelerated process of the degree and the quality of teaching provided along with the student support offered from each lecturer, tutor and staff member.

My Bond experience was one that I will treasure for the years to come. The various study facilities provided both the environment to complete work without distractions and the flexible hours to study in peace until the early hours of the morning. The student:staff ratio, consisting of small classes, allowed my cohort of 10 students to develop a strong bond. This resulted in both social and academic benefits, where we were able to assist each other throughout the year when needed. The open-door policy of the university allowed the opportunity to be mentored by lecturers and tutors on a weekly basis. I would highly recommend taking advantage of this student support provided by the academic staff as I believe I would not have been offered my current position without it. 

Although I have only studied at Bond until recently, I believe there is a difference between studying at Bond compared to other universities. Firstly, the facilities provided, the teaching quality and the student support at Bond University facilitate achieving academic success to allow students to obtain their career goals. Secondly, the networking opportunities and prestigious contacts available at Bond University further assist students to utilise their experience at Bond to fulfill their potential in their chosen industry. Finally, the culture produced from both the students and the academic staff at Bond create an environment that is enjoyable and supportive throughout the various challenges presented during the completion of a degree.

I would definitely recommend studying at Bond for multiple reasons that I will reiterate. The small class sizes encourage student engagement. The accelerated degree process allows for career opportunities. The open-door policy includes mentoring by academic staff to achieve academic success. The various facilities at the university provide academic, social and health benefits. The work experience offered by the university as an addition to your degree or as a component of your degree place students at an advantage when applying for work and the networking opportunities available to students are beneficial for future career opportunities."

I studied a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Criminology at Bond University. I came to Bond as an International Student and upon graduation returned to Sweden to undertake full time work. I have since worked in a maximum security prison in Sweden, mainly rehabilitating inmates. Recently, I secured a new job as a crime investigator for the Swedish police in Örebro. In my role, I specialise in theft and narcotics, and love it! I feel that I am doing something I am good at.

My time at Bond, specifically my Criminology classes taught me everything I know. I am extremely grateful for my Professors who took the time to teach and mentor me. Throughout my first semester at Bond, I undertook the subject 'Australian Criminal Justice System’, and I clearly remember the classroom discussions and the way my Professor encouraged us to explore cases and topics related to that weeks’ reading. I am also pleased to say, during my time in that class – I met another student, who later became my flat mate and my best friend. To this day, 10 years later, we are still best friends despite living in different countries.

My Professors played an important role in my life as a student at Bond, and I am extremely grateful. They taught me so many important and valuable things that I have great use for today as an individuals and professional.

At Bond University I studied a Bachelor of Social Science/ Bachelor of Laws. The reason for choosing to undertake a double degree in Law and Social Sciences, majoring in Criminology, was to pursue studies tailored towards understanding the way in which our criminal justice system functions from both a theoretically and practical perspective. I was curious to learn about the law (in particular criminal law) and its effect on society and those it targets from a criminological perspective.  Combining a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Bond University was the perfect combination to achieve this.

The reasons why I decided to study at Bond was primarily because it combined both practical and theoretical components of learning, professors/ teaching staff were not only academics but also had relevant industry experience and Bond afforded the opportunity to complete two degrees in the time it would usually take to complete one. What I liked best about Bond University was the array of opportunities it provided. Not only were there academic opportunities, such as co-authoring articles with professors, there were also varied extra-curricular opportunities such as, being a part of student body groups, international moot court teams, participating in overseas charity work and studying abroad. I was lucky enough to take part in all of these activities, which enriched my time at university and prepared me for a career in law and criminological research.

I currently work as an Associate at Edmonds Marshall McMahon LLP, a specialist private prosecution law firm in the United Kingdom. I am also a Research Associate at the White Collar Crime Centre United Kingdom. Prior to commencing my role as an Associate at Edmonds Marshall McMahon and Research Associate at the White Collar Crime Centre, I completed a Master of Philosophy in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge. I believe studying a Bachelor of Social Sciences/ Bachelor of Laws at Bond University provided me with the necessary foundations to successfully complete this research degree and to pursue my current employment and research positions.