BP110 - Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research)

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Plan: BP110P9 - Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research)
Campus: City Campus

Learning outcomes

Statement of capabilities

As a student in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning you can expect that each course is designed to help you work towards achieving a set of graduate capabilities.  These graduate capabilities are what you are expected to be able to think and to do when you have finished your degree program.

The general capabilities that a graduate of the RMIT social science-based degree is expected to display includes having the capacity to read, write, think, and speak intelligently and effectively so that you can engage with all of those contemporary issues that arise within the broader public culture and do so as an ethically reflexive professional and as a citizen.  

There are six more specific graduate capabilities:

1. Engage in effective written, organizational and public communication.  

You are able to write in a variety of genres [e.g. essays, book reviews, research reports, annual reports, briefings, policy papers, press releases].  You are able to make public presentations and can use appropriate technologies to do so. 

In the first year, you will develop basic intellectual skills via carefully designed and sequenced exercises in (i) reading analytically and critically, (ii) thinking analytically, (iii) writing in a variety of academic genres including research essays and research reports, and (iv) making public presentations.   

In the second and third year of the Social Science program, you enrol in a sequence of core courses designed to assist you to develop some specific skills like reading, writing and analysing policy as well as developing a range of research skills relevant to policy makers.

2. Do various kinds of applied social research.  

You understand key philosophical and methodological issues in quantitative and qualitative research approaches and can engage in critical analysis and evaluation of a variety of styles of evidence and modes of reasoning.

3. Identify and use some of the main approaches to policy-making and policy analysis.  

You can identify key elements in the history of Australian social and public policy, and are able to engage critically in key interpretative issues in that history. You understand the interplay between social, economic, political, global and cultural trends and the development of the problems and solutions addressed by contemporary social policy-makers.

4. Engage in effective problem-solving in a variety of workplace settings as well as work effectively in teams in a range of different organizations.

You understand the elements of effective organizational analysis and intervention and can draw on a body of relevant classical and contemporary theory and research addressing the evolving forms of work, technology and governance in modern workplaces.

5. Engage in practical reasoning and understand the value of good judgment in policy making by understanding and using a number of ethical categories to evaluate policy or  engage in policy-making
and political debate.

6. Understand and apply insights drawn from your study of Australian society, politics, history, environmental studies and economics to policy analysis and policy making as well as draw on insights from relevant social and political theory.

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