Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Through this course students will engage directly with organisations 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. This course may be taken in Australia or at an overseas organisation supported by an approved provider.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Set objectives and evaluate outcomes.

2. Design and carry out small scale projects as required by the organisation to a professional standard.

3. Demonstrate professional knowledge gained through experiential learning by providing written reports to the organisation and the convenor.

4. Critically reflect on the relevance of social science skills in the workplace.


The course comprises activities based on describing and critically reflecting on placement activities and discussing and analysing the relationship of the social sciences to 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.

Students will

  1. Apply for, secure and complete an appropriate placement opportunity in Australia or overseas through an approved provider.
  2. Negotiate 80 hours of placement activity employing their social scientific expertise.
  3. Undertake a specific project or range of projects for the organisation which may involve library research, consumer research or needs analysis or evaluation or event organisation or a combination of these.
  4. Record, report and critically reflect on their placement experiences.
  5. Submit written work or a report of their activities for assessment.
  6. Write a reflection relating their placement activities to their university studies, their graduate attributes and their career goals.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science and associated combined programs.

Assumed knowledge

80 units including 40 units of the SOCS core courses.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Proposal/Plan 20%

Professional Task: Professional Task 30%

Report: Report 40%

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 10%

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practicum: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of two weeks preparatory seminars before commencing their placement. Students must submit a CV and a Placement agreement before commencing placement.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face Off Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

(Weeks 1 and 2, 7 and 11)

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