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Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 25,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 26,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
081805C

Key features

Snapshot

Snapshot

As a student studying the sociology major you will explore social change, social problems and issues such as ethnicity, globalisation, popular culture, gender and social movements.

You will:

  • understand the complexities of contemporary social life, addressing social problems and examining issues of ethnicity, globalisation, popular culture and social movements
  • have developed both critical and creative thinking capabilities in order to identify trends, structures and social issues that emerge from cultural, political and economic change.
  • be able to undertake systematic methods of investigation and analysis of societal structures within professional contexts in order to contribute effectively to local, national and international initiatives.

In addition, you will select another major from the following areas:

  • English and Creative Writing
  • History and Cultural Studies
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Performing Arts

Whichever combination of majors you choose it will give you unique skills and understanding that combines the two academic areas.

Studying a double major increases your employment prospects. You will also graduate with writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem-solving skills that can be transferable across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Why Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest. There is also the opportunity for you to study a portion of your degree overseas as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program. As part of this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination.

Real-world connections

The Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program is a great way to build global awareness, broaden your global and societal understanding, and build important industry networks and relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.  

Your career

Graduates from this specialisation find work in the public service sector and multinational firms. Career options include:

  • market researcher: plan, implement, control, analyse and report on data relating to what people and/or organisations want, need, buy, think or do
  • policy developer and analyst: study social problems and develop policies in order to solve them
  • public relations officer: use all forms of media to build, maintain and manage the reputation of your clients
  • youth worker: guide and support young people in their social, educational and personal development

What you'll learn

What you Learn

As a sociology student you will explore social life, social change and social problems. You will develop an understanding of the complexities of contemporary social life; addressing social problems and examining issues of ethnicity, globalisation, popular culture and social movements.

You will develop the critical and creative thinking skills to identify trends, structures and social issues that emerge from cultural, political and economic change. You will graduate with a sound knowledge of:

  • social theory
  • contemporary debates
  • research methodology
  • cultures and sub cultures
  • migration
  • policy
  • family
  • global society
  • social movements

You will also:

  • understand the complexities of contemporary social life, addressing social problems and examining issues of ethnicity, globalisation, popular culture and social movements
  • have developed both critical and creative thinking capabilities in order to identify trends, structures and social issues that emerge from cultural, political and economic change.
  • be able to undertake systematic methods of investigation and analysis of societal structures within professional contexts in order to contribute effectively to local, national and international initiatives. 

This degree allows you to select two majors, so you graduate with broad knowledge in two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from:

  • English and Creative Writing
  • History and Cultural Studies
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Performing Arts

In addition to your two majors, you will also complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors and two electives.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
The Social World SOCU 1003 4.5
Second Major course 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Minor 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Sociological Perspectives SOCU 1002 4.5
Second Major course 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Minor 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Migration, Diversity and Citizenship HUMS 2038 4.5 Note(s): 7
OR
Global Society and Movements SOCU 2017 4.5 Note(s): 7
Second Major course 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Minor 3 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Policy, Governance and the Economy POLI 3010 4.5 Note(s): 8
OR
Contemporary Culture, Heritage and Conflict WELF 2016 4.5 Note(s): 8
Second Major course 4 4.5 Note(s): 2
Minor 4 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Contemporary Sociological Debates SOCU 3036 4.5
Sociology of Gender and Intimacy HUMS 3034 4.5
Second Major course 5 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Major course 6 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Internship or Project COMM 3063 4.5
Social Research Methods SOCU 3037 4.5
Second Major course 7 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Major course 8 4.5 Note(s): 2

I am a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics, program director of the Bachelor of Arts, and member of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

My background is in philosophy and linguistics. My interests include how language matters as a form of expertise in professions and organisations, particularly in health settings. I’m involved in projects in psychiatry, mental health and aged care that aim to improve how language is used and understood at important times in people's lives.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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