Bachelor of Social Science placement
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
Through this course students will engage directly with organizations which require social science input into their policy, planning and evaluation practices. This direct experience will expose students to the discourses and practices of researchers and managers and will require that students consider the many complex factors which influence research and policy. Under supervision, students will locate and undertake an 80-hour work placement with appropriate organisations involved in social research, education or community service.
At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Apply social science skills directly.
2. Critically set objectives and evaluate outcomes
3. Design and carry out small scale research and evaluation projects as required to a professional standard.
4. Demonstrate professional knowledge gained through experiential learning by undertaking social science tasks.
5. Critically reflect on the issues facing social scientists in the workplace.
The course comprises activities based on describing and critically reflecting on one or two major placement activities and discussing and analysing the role of the social scientist in policy, management and research. The student's willingness to take responsibility, be resourceful, show initiative and willingness to complete assigned tasks will be reflected in assessment through the debriefing process with the organisations involved and through the student's own critical reflection.
1. Apply for, secure and complete one or two appropriate placement opportunities.
2. Collaborate to plan, carry out and report on an appropriate needs assessment, research project or evalution.
3. Complete an 80 hour placement with an organisation which requires social scientific expertise.
4. Record, report and critically reflect on placement experiences.
5. Discuss aspects of social science practice with peers and commissioning agencies.
6. Describe and analyse issues relating to real world research and practice.
60 units of the SOCS core, including SOCS2300 Social Science Ethics and either SOCS2400 Social Science Research Methods or SOCS3200 Social Science Research Project.
Modes of Delivery
Practicum: for 80 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks