Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

If you are curious about society and want to understand ‘the bigger picture’, studying Sociology will give you the analytical tools and knowledge to do this. Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life with each other and with institutions.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English
OP/Rank
19/61

Career opportunities

Sociology prepares you for many different roles across different fields, depending on your interests. Your skills in research design, data analysis, statistics and sociological concepts will be valuable for positions in research, policy analysis and program evaluation in business and industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. 

Market research organisations employ sociologists to assist in the understanding of diverse demographics for different products and services. Human services organisations employ sociologists to work in planning, community projects, administration and advocacy. With further study you can enter research, university teaching or consulting, and management services.

Course highlights

JCU’s Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology is a flexible degree that will help you work out answers to difficult questions about society. Generations of students have found that sociology makes them look at the world in new ways. The Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology has a focus on societies in the Tropics. 

You’ll be able to choose electives from a wide range of areas including History, Law or Politics and International Relations. You will also have the option to complete some or all of your studies online.*

*Not all subjects are available externally.

Course overview

Examples of subjects you may complete for this major include:

  • Sociology of Health and Medicine
  • Power and Protest in a Globalising World
  • Youth Identity and Popular Culture
  • Family, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Society.

For additional expertise, you can combine this major with a second major such as History, Psychology, or Politics and International Relations.

Study online*

If you choose to study online, you will:

  • Download podcasts and slideshows of lectures
  • Participate in weekly quizzes and questions
  • Participate in web-based tutorials
  • Download readings
  • Participate in online discussion boards

Assessment is done via:

  • Weekly quizzes
  • Participation in online discussion boards
  • Essays
  • online exams (sometimes physical exams are held in a location close to you)

*Not available to international student visa holders

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311031) - Apply now
Cairns (321031) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2016 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2017 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

BA – Sociology Major

Major code

BAR-SOY

Credit point value

24 credit points for single major

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

SY1001:03 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective or CY1001:03 Crime, Deviance & Society

Level 2

SY2005:03 Qualitative Research

Level 3

SY3012:03 Social Survey Design and Analysis

SY3018:03 Power and Protest in a Globalising World

OPTIONS

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

SY2019:03 Youth, Identity and Popular Culture

SY2022:03 Family, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Society

SY2100:03 Migration, Ethnicity & Belonging

SY2101:03 Sociology of Digital Life

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Handbook

Bachelor of Arts

Course code

115710

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English(4,SA)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Study plans must include:

A minimum of 42 credit points must be taken at levels 2 and 3, of which, at least 18 credit points must be at level 3.

Additional information

The psychology major is NOT an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Integrate knowledge of the diversity of cultures and peoples, their differences and commonalities, especially with respect to Indigenous cultures and peoples

  • Appraise the place and role of Australia and Singapore in the Asia-Pacific region and the tropics worldwide

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, claims, and evidence

  • Apply critical thinking, independent judgement, intercultural sensitivity, and national, regional and global perspectives, to identify and solve problems in at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas, through proficiency in written and spoken English language and numeracy, appropriate to their audience and in a range of modes and media

  • Demonstrate capacity for reflection, planning, ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary team work in diverse contexts of community engagement, professional work and/or scholarship

  • Identify and have potential to act and reflect upon opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

Course Structure

Course Structure – Townsville, Cairns

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences (TSV and CNS students only) or AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective (External students only)

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of level 1 or 2 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY or WS

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 3 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY or WS

PLUS

Select a single or double major

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list

PLUS

Select a second minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list  or 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a second major from Table A

TABLE A (ARTS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External

Not all subjects available internally.  Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Human Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

 
Modern Languages

Cairns

Townsville

External

Language streams available are:
- French
- Japanese
- German
- Italian

Not all streams are available in Cairns and not all streams are available externally

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology Studies

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

If you plan to practise as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

Not all subjects are available internally, and not all subjects are available externally

Course Structure (Singapore)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 21 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of undergraduate level 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select a major from Table B

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE B (ARTS MAJORS - SINGAPORE)

Type of major

Mandatory

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Psychology Studies

Singapore

Students planning to practise as a registered psychologist will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies.

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Singapore

Not all majors are available in Singapore

Townsville

Not all majors are available in Townsville

External

Not all majors are available externally

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 or 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

The Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points for Creative Media, Humanities or Social Sciences subjects not taken as part of an Arts major.  Also does not apply to the core subjects BA1001, BA1002, SS1010 or BA3000.

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Students may apply for exemption from language subject pre-requisite requirements on the basis of prior learning or demonstrated and appropriate experience in the relevant language. Students admitted to the advanced streams in the Modern Languages major will not be given credit for foundations subjects in the same language.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Approved abbreviation

BA

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 48 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Advanced Diploma of Arts or Diploma of Higher Education.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional year of study.

Eligibility

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across the undergraduate degree and/or a grade point average of 5.0 in the final year of the undergraduate degree, with credits or better in specific discipline areas.

Honours

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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