Bachelor of Social Science for 2014

At a glance

Career opportunities

Sophisticated communication, analytical thinking and flexibility are the qualities you can expect to graduate with after completing the Bachelor of Social Science. With skills like these you will be equipped to move into roles in areas including:

  • journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising
  • criminal justice policy development and human services
  • the police, courts and corrections
  • justice and other government departments
  • restorative justice processes, victim counselling and related fields
  • field work, addressing geographical and environmental problems
  • international relations, foreign policy and politics (local and national)
  • psychology, counselling and social work
  • research and academia

Professional recognition

At Monash South Africa the Bachelor of Social Science with a major in psychology (ten units) is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA).

Why study Bachelor of Social Science?

Employers seek flexible, well-informed graduates who are sophisticated communicators and analytical thinkers. The Bachelor of Social Science is designed to instill such qualities into students.

The world of work is changing rapidly and students will need to take a global outlook and be adaptable in order to succeed. This course prodives a rich basis of skills and knowledge for graduates to build on through Honours and postgraduate programs and training in the workplace.

With the skills and knowledge developed through their degree, graduates will be equipped to apply for positions in a diverse range of fields. These include journalism and publishing, business research and analysis, public relations and marketing, human resources, training and development, administrative positions, public or civil services, diplomacy, public policy makers, social and community services, counselling, social welfare and psychological services.

Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for domestic students

Duration

3 years full-time

Fees for 2014

Fees are subject to change annually.

R 63,100 per annum

Intakes

First Semester (March), Second Semester (July)

Attendances

  • On-campus at South Africa : full-time

Course code: 4086

Find out more

Inquire now   Apply now   Entry requirements  

South Africa Student Inquiries
Telephone: +27 11 950 4009
Email: inquiries@monash.ac.za

Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for international students

Duration

3 years full-time

Fees for 2014

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee per 48 credit points
48 credit points represents a standard full-time course load for a year

R 63,100 per annum

Intakes

First Semester (March)
Second Semester (July)

Attendances

  • On-campus at South Africa : full-time

Course code: 4086

Find out more

Inquire now   Apply now   Entry requirements  

South Africa Student Inquiries
Telephone: +27 11 950 4009
Email: inquiries@monash.ac.za

Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

You must be at least 17 years old when you enrol (applications may be made while you are 16).

Our classes are taught and assessed in English. View the English language requirementsEnglish language requirements (http://www.monash.ac.za/study/courses/english-language-req.html).

Entrance scores are indicative only and subject to change annually.

COURSE LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

South African National Senior Certificate (NSC)

  • Minimum score: 32
  • Subject prerequisites: English (4)

South African Senior School Certificate (SAFCERT) prior to 2008
  • Minimum entry score into Bachelor of Social Science: 38

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to applyHow to apply (http://www.monash.ac.za/prospective/admissions/)

Semester one (March)

Applicants for the South Africa campus should apply directly to the campus. More information can be found by visiting the campus websitecampus website (http://www.monash.ac.za).

Semester two (July)

Applicants for the South Africa campus should apply directly to the campus. More information can be found by visiting the campus websitecampus website (http://www.monash.ac.za).

Admissions information for international students

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

You must be at least 17 years old when you enrol (applications may be made while you are 16).

Our classes are taught and assessed in English. View the English language requirementsEnglish language requirements (http://www.monash.ac.za/study/courses/english-language-req.html).

Entrance scores are indicative only and subject to change annually.

COURSE LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

GCE A levels

  • Minimum score: 7
  • Subject prerequisites: Total score of a maximum of three A Level subjects taken in one academic year. Two AS level subjects can be counted in place of one A level subject, provided that the subject has not been taken at A level, and there is at least one A level subject in the calculation. Score A Level grades as follows: A* or A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Score AS Level grades as follows: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5. English (C in GSCE (O levels)).

International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • Minimum score: 25
  • Subject prerequisites: English SL (4) or English HL (3)

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Minimum score: 7
  • Subject prerequisites: Average score for the best seven grades (including English, Kiswahili and Mathematics) from 2009 onwards. Prior to 2009 average score for the best eight grades. Score grades as follows: A=12, A- =11, B+=10, B=9, B- =8, C+=7, C=6, C- =5, D+=4, D=3, D- =2, E=1. English (B).

Mauritius Higher School Certificate
  • inimum score: 7
  • Subject prerequisites: Total score of a maximum of three A Level subjects taken in one academic year. Two AS level subjects can be counted in place of one A level subject, provided that the subject has not been taken at A level, and there is at least one A level subject in the calculation. Score A Levels grades as follows: A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Score AS Level grades as follows: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5. English (C in O level or General Paper).

Namibia Higher Senior Secondary School Certificate
  • Minimum score: 18
  • Subject prerequisites: Total of all scores achieved in one academic year from six subjects. Score grades as follows: 1=Excellent, 2=Good, 3=Satisfactory, 4= Poor. English (3).

Nigeria Senior School Certificate
  • Minimum score: 6
  • Subject prerequisites: Average score from a maximum of nine subjects and a minimum of eight subjects. If average ends in decimal point then score should be rounded down. For example, an average of 4.9 should be rounded down to 4. Maximum score indicated left. Score grades as follows: A1=1, B2=2, B3=3, C4=4, C5=5, C6=6, D7=7, D8=8, F9=0. (S is a sub-pass). English (C).

SAT
  • Minimum score: 1710
  • Subject prerequisites: High School Diploma (Grade 12) and combined SAT scores of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing.

Tanzania Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Minimum score: 7
  • Subject prerequisites: Total score of a maximum of three A Level subjects taken in one academic year. Two AS level subjects can be counted in place of one A level subject, provided that the subject has not been taken at A level, and there is at least one A level subject in the calculation. Score A Levels grades as follows: A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Score AS Level grades as follows: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5. English (C in CSE O levels).

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education
  • Minimum score: 7
  • Subject prerequisites: Total score of a maximum of three A Level subjects taken in one academic year. Two AS level subjects can be counted in place of one A level subject, provided that the subject has not been taken at A level, and there is at least one A level subject in the calculation. Score A Levels grades as follows: A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Score AS Level grades as follows: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5. English (C in O levels) or English (General Paper 6 - 1).

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)
  • Minimum score: 7
  • Subject prerequisites: Total score of a maximum of three A Level subjects taken in one academic year. Two AS level subjects can be counted in place of one A level subject, provided that the subject has not been taken at A level, and there is at least one A level subject in the calculation. Score A Levels grades as follows: A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2, E=1. Score AS Level grades as follows: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5. English (C in O level)

For other qualifications contact the School of Social ScienceSchool of Social Science (http://monash.ac.za/about/schools/social-science/) .

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to applyHow to apply (http://www.monash.ac.za/prospective/admissions/)

AFRICAN STUDIES

This interdisciplinary area of study aims to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the African continent in areas such as literature, culture, geography and politics.

CHILD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Poor early life experience of children and adolescents - leading to harmful outcomes like underachievement, behaviour problems and crime - is a major focus in the study of child and youth development.

This major empowers you in assessing the needs of at-risk children and youth, teaches you how to design and implement programmes - for use in settings like early child care, education, the community, parent education, school, support and juvenile justice - and integrate tools and positive behaviour into the everyday life of children and youth, as well as what to do when an intervention is needed on someone's behalf.

COMMUNICATIONS

Communications is concerned with the organisation, processes and effects of traditional and new communications technologies. You will learn to critically analyse the media, about the structure of communications industries and the relations between the media, culture and power.

CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

When you consider it away from the glamour of books, movies, television programmes and sensational media coverage, crime is revealed to be both a fascinating and incredibly complex subject.

If you have an interest in deviance, conflict, crime, victimisation, society and the need for creating and maintaining safety then studying a major in criminology and criminal justice is for you.

You'll learn that all forms of crime can have a significant negative impact on society, the economy and the environment. You'll graduate knowing how to deal effectively with crime, conflict and victimisation and also how to promote a democratic and just society with a human rights perspective.

FRENCH STUDIES

French is spoken in 42 countries over 5 continents. It is one of the five official languages of the United Nations and is used by important international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, the International Court of Justice, the OECD and the International Olympic Committee. Learning French at Monash gives students access to a culture with a key role in the past, present and future development of western civilisation.

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Geography and environmental science is concerned with natural environments, societies, communities, economies, human environment relations and environmental management.

Physical geography emphasises the systematic study of environmental processes, climate, soils, land use, and landscapes. Human geography focuses on development, cities and communities, economic processes and cultural studies.

With this major you'll graduate with an analytical and critical perception of the current state of the global environment as well as challenges we face like global warming and climate change, and sustainable development concepts using state-of-the-art research methods and techniques.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics.

As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours and trading partners is vital. It allows us to compete in the international marketplace of products, ideas and knowledge.

We begin by examining the history of the 20th century before moving on to issues facing the world as it moves into the 21st century and the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world.

JOURNALISM

This major equips students with knowledge of the principles, methods, craft and practice of journalism in the printed, electronic, online and video media. Particular attention is paid to the skills of lawful and responsible reporting in the economic, investigative, sporting and cultural fields.

Your 'real life' journalistic responses will require you to think strategically and logically about your intended audience, and professional standards are expected.

LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES

This area of study introduces students to a range of literary and cultural texts drawn from different historical periods and parts of the world, and aims to enhance students analytical and critical thinking skills.

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy raises questions about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find answers. Philosophy at Monash focuses on two key areas - ethics and political philosophy - and aims to develop open-mindedness and various skills of critical appraisal that can help you gain a better understanding of both yourself and your culture.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is concerned with a wide range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, problem-solving, learning, and the acquisition of skills, language, seeing and hearing, decision-making, verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and emotions. It is also concerned with the practical and ethical applications of psychology research to the profession.

While the major focus is on people, animals are also studied because they are of interest in their own right. Monash undergraduate psychology embraces all of these topics at each of the campuses.

PUBLIC RELATIONS PRACTICE

Public relations practice provides students with the competencies and skills required for careers in managing the strategic corporate communication and public relations function of an organisation. An emphasis is placed on skills development in the utilisation of both traditional and new media, publicity and media relations, stakeholder mapping and profiling, strategic planning, marketing and advertising.

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology is the study of the processes of social organisation and change and their consequences in human life. Sociologists look to things like social class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand and explain the differences in how people, live, think and feel.

Sociology also involves the study of social policy in an attempt to apply what is learned through research to the major issues confronting societies.

We examine how differences in the ways societies are organised both limit and make possible other features of social life. We focus on the structures, cultures and change in industrial and post-industrial societies in a local, national and global context, and seek to describe and explain patterns of social change.