BH016 - Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

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Plan: BH016 - Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BSocSc(Hons)
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: One Year Full Time or Two Years Part Time
Location: Onshore, CIty Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090300
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

A central focus of the Honours program is the thesis project. This is an individually negotiated project supported by individual and small group interaction with staff, peers and industry experts. Your thesis project will focus on a topic of your choice, negotiated with a supervisor. The other courses in the program are intended to assist in the preparation and conduct of your thesis.

The program will build on the capabilities you will have acquired through study at the degree level, and provide additional learning horizons and exposure to a fuller range of research practice. It will provide a foundation for you to pursue your further study or career aspirations.

The overall objectives of the program are to develop graduates who can:

  • work effectively within a variety of professional environments within the public and community sectors, as critical and reflective practitioners who use a variety of social perspectives and disciplines to advance principles of social equality and harmony,
  • lead debate within organisations on policy, justice and research issues,
  • advocate for equity and rights through their enabling skills and knowledge,
  • demonstrate sensitivity in working in culturally and linguistically diverse environments and be aware of the connectedness between the local and the global, and
  • manage conflict and assess risk and be able to solve problems in an informed, creative and dynamic manner.   
  • effectively research using appropriate strategies, approaches and application; link ideas and practice, and identify links between good thinking and good governance.


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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Successful completion of the program provides pathways to Postgraduate degrees and research at Masters and PhD level, and scholarship opportunities, at RMIT and at other universities.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline* with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0) in your final year of study
*relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, social science, sociology, criminology, environment, gender studies, policy, politics, youth work

Selection task
You must submit a one page statement on the area you wish to study in your Honours thesis



International English language requirements: For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

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External accreditation and industry links

There is no external accreditation for this type of program in Australia. However, the program is overseen and supported by the Social Sciences Program Advisory Committee (PAC). The organisations and agencies represented on the PAC were consulted at the time of the initial development of this program, and the program and School have strong links with relevant organisations. 

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
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