BP110 - Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research)

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

Program delivery

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The program relies on a wide range of modes of teaching, learning and assessment activities and is committed to promoting ‘deep learning’. Learning objectives, learning activities and assessment activities have been designed so that each aspect is aligned with and mutually reinforces each of these aspects.

In the first year of the program is grounded in a systematic introduction to a range of foundational social sciences and fields of inquiry, and a range of more general intellectual capacities and academic skills. These courses are taught using a combination of a lecture and workshops. You will be able to use a mix of carefully selected texts, reading packs and on-line resources.

In the second year, while you will be able to attend lectures, you will also engage in problem-based and experiential learning involving case studies and group project work. Acquiring and developing policy-related practice skills such as reading, interpreting and contextualising policy documents and the writing of policy-related materials, as well as research practice skills will be done in a variety of workshops. Learning resources will include carefully selected texts, reading packs, a range of policy documents sourced from government and non-government organizations and on-line resources.

Courses in the final year including Organisational Studies and the Field Education placement are designed to assist you to integrate and draw together the various skills and insights. You will engage in significant exposure to problem-based and field-based learning activities, to organizational and research activities. You will be assisted to develop a range of organizational communication and analysis skills and to prepare yourselves for entry to employment as described earlier in the capabilities statement. The learning objectives and activities associated with the placement will be assessed on the basis of a learning contract negotiated between you, the Field Education Coordinator and the host organisation. This part of the program constitutes Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

Assessment 
All assessment activities in social science core courses will be:

  • closely aligned with the course and program graduate capabilities and learning objectives;
  • fully described with a clear account of the criteria for satisfactory performance, and you will be given an opportunity to practice tasks and receive feedback prior to formal assessment taking place;
  • diverse, and use a variety of formats and activities as appropriate to assess the specified learning objectives and capabilities. e.g. social research designs and briefs, research reports, research-based essays, policy briefing papers, submissions of evidence to inquiries, committee minutes and agendas; program evaluation reports, professional portfolios, resumes and job applications, as well as audio visual supports for public presentations.


The Field Placement will be assessed on an Internship report as well as a Learning contract negotiated between you, the Field Education Coordinator and the host organisation and will be designed generically to emphasise the integrative nature of the Placement in relation to all of the courses from the previous years as well as any new learning objectives negotiated by the individual student.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

If you have already developed  areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University Website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) htts://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

 

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and in addition:
  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.

The course HUSO2155 Field Education (Social Science) is a significant WIL activity in the program in which you will complete an internship of approximately 35 days in a relevant organisation. This course will expose you to the work environment and provide opportunities for you to apply your learning as you are doing professional work, jobs and tasks in industry. The internship can also help you to make informed choices about prospective career paths, and also give you greater expertise in completing job applications.

This program provides work related projects in the learning activities and assessment. You will be learning as you are doing professional work, jobs and tasks while in employment. The feedback you get from your supervisor and others on work integrated learning activities and assessment will be vital for your learning. The program prepares and supports you for these experiences.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

All courses listed may not be available each semester.

 

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Year One - Semester One

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Power and Governance12POLI1025City Campus
Australian Society in a Global Context12HUSO1207City Campus
Sustainable Futures12ENVI1153City Campus
Discovering Policy12POLI1086City Campus
 
AND

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Semester Two

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Social History of Ideas12HUSO2162City Campus
Social Construction of the Self12HUSO2164City Campus
Economics for the Social Sciences12HUSO2163City Campus
Researching Policy12HUSO2240City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two - Semester One - Successful completion of first year must be achieved before commencing second year

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Foundations of Social Research12HUSO2166City Campus
Public Policy12POLI1066City Campus
Policy Communication12POLI1088City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Student Elective
 
AND

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Semester Two

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Doing Research12HUSO2165City Campus
Reading Policy12POLI1087City Campus
Analysing Policy12POLI1085City Campus
AND
Select and complete One (1) Course from any:
University Student Elective
 
AND

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Year Three - Semester One - Successful completion of second year must be achieved before commencing third year

Complete the following Two (2) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Designing Policy12POLI1089City Campus
Comparing Policy12POLI1090City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Two (2) Courses from any:
University Student Elective
 
AND

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Semester Two

Complete the following Two (2) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Organisational Studies12HUSO1213City Campus
Field Education (Social Science)24HUSO2155City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Student Elective
 

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Program transition plan

The Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research) is closed for further intake.

Information for returning students: If you are currently enrolled in the program, you will be provided with personalised advice on equivalent courses available to you to enable you to complete the award requirements. The School will continue to consult with you to minimise any impact on your studies and career outcomes.

The list below outlines alternative courses that will enable to complete the award requirements

2013 - 2015 equivalent courses

1st Year - 1st Semester
ENVI1153 Sustainable Futures
HUSO1207 Australian Society in a Global Context
SOCU2095 Sociology of Law (equivalent to POLI1086 Discovering Policy)
POLI1025 Power and Governance

1st Year – 2nd Semester
HUSO2162 Intercultural Communication (equivalent to HUSO2162 Social History Of Ideas)
SOCU2112 Global Political Economy (equivalent to HUSO2163 Economics For Social Sciences)
HUSO2164 Social Construction Of The Self
SOCU2092 Family, Society and the Law (equivalent to HUSO2240 Researching Policy)

2nd Year - 1st Semester
HUSO2166 Foundations of Social Research
POLI1066 Public Policy
HWSS1145 Advocacy and Social Action (equivalent to POLI1085 Analysing Policy)
Student Elective

2nd Year - 2nd Semester 
HUSO2165 Doing Research
HUSO2120 Deviance, Control and Conflict (equivelent to POLI1087 Reading Policy)
COMM2147 Professional Writing (equivalent to POLI1088 Writing Policy)
Student Elective

3rd Year - 1st Semester
POLI1089 Influencing Policy (equivalent to POLI1089 Designing Policy)
POLI1090 Program Management and Evaluation (equivalent to POLI1090 Comparing Policy)
Student Elective
Student Elective

3rd Year - 2nd Semester
HUSO1213 Organisational Studies
HUSO2155 Field Education (Social Science) 
Student Elective  

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