Graduate Diploma of Social Science
Flexible study options mean you can design a social science course that's just right for you.
Part time available
The flexibility of this course means, after consultation with the course coordinator, you can select a course of study from one of the discipline areas, or you can choose to study an approved combination of these or other disciplines. These areas of study include:
- Political Science
Our Graduate Diploma of Social Sciences is designed for graduates from other disciplines who wish to pursue further studies.
Students will have access to The Cairns Institute – an important centre for national and international scholars. It brings together the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 20 academic disciplines, creating a uniquely robust and relevant research, consulting, training and teaching hub for Northern Australia, South and South-East Asia and the Pacific.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
SS4100:06 Social Science Honours or Graduate Diploma Thesis Part 1 of 2
SS4101:06 Social Science Honours or Graduate Diploma Thesis Part 2 of 2
Select one of the following social science disciplines:
AN4007:06 Ethnographic Research Methods
Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate level 2 or 3 AN subjects
AR4007:06 Archaeological Research Methods
Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate level 2 or 3 AR subjects
HI3424:03 History of Western Political Systems
HI5001:03 The History of Global Connections
Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate level 2 or 3 HI subject
PL4002:06 Theory and Method in Political Science
Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate level 2 or 3 PL subjects
SY4017:06 Classical Social Theory
Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate level 2 or 3 SY subjects
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Archaeology discipline not available
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
12 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the Diploma.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Social Science and who obtain at least a Distinction for their Research Dissertation (SS4100 and SS4101) are eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Philosophy [Society and Culture] or the Doctor of Philosophy [Society and Culture].
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Social Science are eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Social Science (Coursework).
This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.