Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) (BSocSc(Hons))

Program Code


Academic Year


Program Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Special Notes

Note: There will be no intake into Honours Linguistics in 2017.

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) is a one year program that includes advanced coursework and a research project in which students produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a topic chosen in consultation with an academic supervisor.
An Honours year provides more advanced training in the student's chosen discipline and provides the opportunity to undertake and practice advanced research skills. Students learn new techniques and theoretical approaches, broadening their skill base and providing a competitive edge in the job market.
The Honours year is considered to be a year of full-time study and regular attendance at classes is required. It is possible to take Honours over two years if special personal or medical circumstances apply.
Honours  in the Bachelor of Social Sciences can be undertaken in the following research areas: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Gender Studies and Social Analysis, History, Geography Environment and Population, International Development, Philosophy, and Politics and International Studies.
Honours is the normal prerequisite for entry to a Higher Degree by Research at the Master and Doctor of Philosophy levels, and is also valued by many employers.
The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. One major to the value of 24 units from the following:
    • Anthropology
    • Asian Studies
    • Gender Studies and Social Analysis
    • Geography, Environment and Population
    • History
    • International Development
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Studies