Graduate Diploma of Social Science
Flexible study options mean you can design a social science course that's just right for you.
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.
You will need to supply the following with your application
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)
If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.
Certified copies and original documents
Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA
If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.
An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.
Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.
- Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
- Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
- Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
- Submit your application.
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).
- 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
- 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$32,280 (Estimate only.)
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
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.