See detailed program information about the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree at the University of Newcastle.

Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

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Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

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2nd Jul 2015 7:02am

Program Code

10726

AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 1 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 1 years full time.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

Students who perform well, with a GPA of 5.0 or greater, during the Bachelor of Social Science program or equivalent program and/or relevant discipline major, may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Honours program allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence in Psychology is not available for students who commenced the Bachelor of Social Science program from 2012.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

An applicant for admission to candidature shall:

  1. have completed a Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent program, with normally at least a credit grade average based on all studies undertaken in the program and/or in the approved major in which Honours is to be undertaken and any additional work which may be prescribed by the Faculty Board.
  2. Students seeking admission to the Psychology Studies major in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree program, must have completed:
  • A Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Newcastle with a major in Psychology Studies; plus
  • STAT2000 and PSYC3000.

Note: Applicants who have completed a Psychology major at another institution and wish to undertake further studies in Psychology can consider the Graduate Diploma in Psychology http://gradschool.edu.au/programs/overview/graduate-diploma-psychology-11581

Entry to the Honours program in Psychology is limited and competitive. Applicants compete on the basis of their Psychology Studies Major GPA and require a minimum GPA of 5.0 for the Bachelor of Social Science.

Application for the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program is made directly to the University using the Direct Admission Application form available from the web, to be submitted to the relevant program officer.

Domestic Students- please complete both the Faculty of Education and Arts End-on Honours application form and the Direct Admission Application form, which are available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/Resources/Divisions/Services/Student%20and%20Academic%20Services/Student%20Administration/Forms/ApplicationHonoursSupplementFEDUA.pdf

International Students please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438


Credit Transfer

No credit permitted for Honours.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

80 units

Program Duration

1 years full time or part time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

Honours students will undertake some coursework studies and a research component. Details of specific studies undertaken within the Honours program in each course area can be obtained from the relevant School.


Transition Arrangements

Transition Arrangements - 2013:

From 2013 the Economic Policy Analysis, Film Media and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies or Philosophical and Religious Studies Majors have been discontinued for new students. Any student who commenced the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) prior to 2013 and who is currently undertaking a major in Economic Policy Analysis, Film Media and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies or Philosophical and Religious Studies will be able to complete their major. Please refer to the 'Further Information' section for more details.

Transition Arrangements - 2012:

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Social Science program in 2005-2011 (inclusive) and are currently studying the 120 unit Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence of courses in Psychology will be able to complete the accredited fourth year courses within the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program, but must successfully complete both the Bachelor of Social Science program and the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program within a limited number of years. Students should seek independent advice from the School of Psychology, and their Program Officer, regarding accreditation eligibility. An APAC accredited Psychology major will no longer be available to students commencing the Bachelor of Social Science program from 2012 onwards.

If in any doubt, speak to your Supervisor or Program Officer.


Program Structure

Aboriginal Studies major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

ABOR4010Aboriginal Studies Honours I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
ABOR4020Aboriginal Studies Honours II
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
ABOR4030Aboriginal Studies Honours III
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
ABOR4040Aboriginal Studies Honours IV
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Community Welfare and Human Services major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

SPSW4010Welfare Studies Honours I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SPSW4020Welfare Studies Honours II
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SPSW4030Welfare Studies Honours III
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SPSW4040Welfare Studies Honours IV
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units

History major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

HIST4050History Honours I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4060History Honours II
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4070History Honours III
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
HIST4080History Honours IV
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units

Human Geography and the Environment major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

GEOG4001Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4001
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4002Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4002
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4003Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4003
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4004Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4004
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

HR Management and Industrial Relations major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

BUSN4100Business Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
BUSN4200Research Thesis 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
BUSN4300Research Thesis 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
IRHR4000Theory in Human Resource Management
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Leisure and Tourism Management major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

BUSN4100Business Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
BUSN4200Research Thesis 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
BUSN4300Research Thesis 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
TOUR4000Theory in Tourism
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Linguistics major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

LING4050Linguistics Honours I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4060Linguistics Honours II
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4070Linguistics Honours III
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
LING4080Linguistics Honours IV
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Politics and International Relations major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

POLI4001Politics Honours 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
POLI4002Politics Honours 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
POLI4003Politics Honours 3
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
POLI4004Politics Honours 4
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Psychology Studies major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

PSYC4000Advanced Methodology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4100Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4201Psychological Assessment & Introduction to Counselling
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC4800Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4803APsychology Graded Honours Thesis Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4803BPsychology Graded Honours Thesis Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
30 units

Sociology and Anthropology major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

SOCA4090Sociology and Anthropology Honours I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4100Sociology and Anthropology Honours II
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4110Sociology and Anthropology Honours III
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SOCA4120Sociology and Anthropology Honours IV
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of one or more specialist areas in the social sciences
  • Advanced communication skills appropriate to the social science discipline of the major
  • Advanced knowledge of research principles and methodology within one social science discipline, including information literacy, and the use of technology
  • Capacity to apply advanced critical thinking and judgement to complex problems in a variety of contexts within one social science discipline to develop new understanding and to demonstrate intellectual independence
  • Capacity to apply the social science theory and method appropriate to the major at an advanced level to design, conduct and complete an independent research thesis under supervision from the discipline

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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