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Master of Social Science

Location
Townsville, Cairns
This course can also be studied off-shore by overseas students.
Commencing
February
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in social sciences with GPA 5.0 or AQF level 8 qualification, both completed within 5 years of application
CRICOS code
072634C, DE
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A JCU Master of Social Science equips students with the knowledge, skills and strategies that provide the key proficiencies for a broad range of occupations. Postgraduate students have the advanced capability to identify complex problems and pose creative solutions to social and environmental challenges facing societies around the world.

The skills gained from a JCU Master of Social Science are sought by organisations such as government agencies, the education sector, industry and commerce, and indigenous organisations.

Job opportunities include:

  • Public health services policy analysis and development
  • Research roles that involve analysis and critical evaluation of social systems, institutions, structures and practices
  • Advocacy for diverse social sciences-related programs

JCU Social Sciences is a leader in empirical learning with a focus on contemporary social economic and environmental issues in tropical societies. JCU students learn about the critical processes of transformation that will shape communities’ and environments’ future wellbeing.

During this 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) master’s course, JCU postgraduate social science students study a combination of core subjects and specialist electives, deepening their knowledge in their selected major. All major streams include a research thesis.

The Master of Social Science focusses on equipping students with the knowledge and practical skills to work towards solving complex contemporary issues of social policy, governance, cultural heritage, and resource management. JCU students benefit from a unique learning environment, dedicated to the advancement of Asia-Pacific and Tropical societies.

View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects

The JCU Master of Social Science offers three major streams.

Asia-Pacific Governance and Development

Gain knowledge and practical skills while learning about issues that are highly relevant to today's social, governance and policy-development challenges. As part of this major, students design and execute a substantial social science research-based project on a topic negotiated with their supervisor.

This major provides students with advanced knowledge of social theory, practice and professional ethics. JCU postgraduates are ready and equipped to make a difference in communities around the world.

Environment and Heritage

Students develop highly sought after knowledge and skills associated with natural and cultural heritage and resource management. This major stream is undertaken by coursework and builds on undergraduate learning by developing an in-depth understanding of cultural heritage management, environmental impact assessment, and regional environmental history.

Students undertake a research project completing a thesis on a topic as negotiated by their supervisor.

Indigenous Studies

Benefiting from  expert lecturers, JCU students develop highly sought-after skills and knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and cultural considerations. As part of this major, students undertake a research thesis on a topic negotiated with their supervisor.

JCU provides a unique and vibrant hub in which to respectfully explore cultural, linguistic, economic, social and religious diversity among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

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Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Master of Social Science

Handbook year

2020

Course code

103404

Course type

Masters Degree (AQF Level 9)

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a social science discipline, with an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average), within the previous five years; or

Completion of an AQF level 8 qualification in any discipline, within the previous five years; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Dean, College of Arts, Society and Education as equivalent to the above.

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.

Special admission requirements

Offers will be made for a specified major based on the applicant’s academic and professional experience. Admitted students wishing to transfer to another major must seek approval from the relevant Major Coordinator.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Social Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and reflect critically on advanced and integrated knowledge of social theory, practice and professional ethics in a single discipline or interdisciplinary field of the social sciences

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods in a single discipline or interdisciplinary fields of the social sciences

  • Analyse critically and evaluate social systems, institutions, structures and/or practices

  • Generate, analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex perspectives, arguments and sources of qualitative and/or quantitative data pertinent to complex social, political, historical, economic, environmental and/or cultural issues, particularly those related to quality of life in the tropics worldwide

  • Interpret and justify to a specialist and non-specialist audience theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and, where appropriate, numeracy skills

  • Design and execute a substantial social science research-based project with a high level of autonomy and accountability

  • Apply social theory to research, demonstrating advanced understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, including recent developments, in a single discipline or interdisciplinary fields of the social sciences

  • Respectfully and responsibly apply expert knowledge of diversity and difference among people, especially vulnerable and Indigenous peoples, in scholarship and/or professional practice

  • Adapt and apply knowledge and skills to identify complex problems and pose creative solutions to social and/or environmental challenges facing peoples and societies in diverse tropical contexts worldwide.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

SS5103:06 Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences

SS5012:12 Social Science Coursework Masters Thesis

PLUS

Select a major from the Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

18 credit points

Notes

Majors may be available for mid-year entry.  Approval will need to be sought from the course coordinator.

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Asia-Pacific Governance and Development

Cairns

Townsville

 

Environment and Heritage

Cairns

Townsville

 

Indigenous Studies

Cairns

Townsville

External

Major includes external components - not available to International students requiring a Student Visa

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

External

Not all majors are available externally

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

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.

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points

Up to 12 credit points of credit will be granted for an AQF Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree or Graduate Diploma in a cognate* discipline for SS5103:06 and up to 6 credit points for optional subjects from the major

* Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Human Services, Indigenous Studies, Political science, Sociology.

Currency

Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

MSocSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the relevant number of credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Social Science

Course articulation

Not applicable

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.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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