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Bachelor of Social Science

Bachelor of Social Science for 2018

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 enable students to develop such qualities.

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 provides a rich basis of skills and knowledge for graduates to apply directly within the workplace, or to build on through further studies in Honours or a postgraduate program.
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.

This programme is offered by Monash South Africa in cooperation with Monash University. Successful completion of this programme leads to a Monash South Africa qualification.

For more information about studying a Bachelor of Social Science at Monash South Africa, get in touch with us today.

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
Duration

3 Years full-time

Fees for 2019

Fees are subject to change annually.

R 86,777.00 (6,105.34 USD) per annum

International fee per 48 credit points

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

Intakes

First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)

Attendances
  • On-campus at South Africa: Full-time
Course Code: 4086

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 requirements.

Entrance scores are indicative only and subject to change annually.

COURSE LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

South African National Senior Certificate (NSC)

  • Minimum score: 31

    Calculation methodology:

    Total of the best 6 subject (excluding Life Orientation) as awarded on the official final transcript issued by the Umalusi or Independent Examining Board. A maximum of 2 bonus points is offered for achieving:

    English Home Language achievement of Level 6 or above = +1
    Mathematics achievement of Level 6 or above = +1
    Mathematical Literacy achievement of Level 6 or above = +1

  • English language requirements: Level 4 in English Home Language

Minimum entrance requirements for non-school-leavers

If you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the bachelor degree you'd like to study, the Foundation programme (MSAFP) can get you there. The programme bridges the gap between your highest qualification and the academic qualifications accepted by Monash South Africa.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

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 requirements.

Entrance scores are indicative only and subject to change annually.

COURSE LEVEL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

GCE Advanced levels

  • Minimum score: 7

    Calculation methdodology: 

    • Total score of a maximum of the best 3 A Level subject examinations taken within two years*.
    • 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 included in the calculation.
    • AS Level results cannot be used to replace a poor performance in an A Level subject.
    • Score A Level grades as follows: A*(a*) = 5, A(a) = 5, B(b) = 4, C(c) = 3, D(d) = 2, E(e) = 1, U = 0. 
    • Score AS Level grades as follows: a(a) =2.5, b(b) =2, c(c) =1.5, d(d) =1, e(e) =0.5, U = 0.
    • N (Narrow failure) & U (Unclassified) not to be included in the calculation.
    • A maximum of 1 bonus point is offered when achieving A* in an A Level Subject.

    * Subject examinations taken within two years may include more than one sitting. For example subject examinations in June 2012 until June 2014 are acceptable.

  • English language requirements:

    • C grade or score of  4 in one of the following IGCSE subjects: Literature in English OR Literature (English) OR English Literature OR First Language English 0522 OR World Literature OR English Language OR English Language A OR English Language B, OR
    • B grade in IGCSE English as a Second Language, OR
    • C grade in one of the following GCSE/GCE O Level subjects:  English Language OR Literature in English OR English Literature OR English OR English Language (Syllabus B), OR
    • C grade in one of the following GCE AS Level subjects: General Paper OR General Studies OR English language OR Language and Literature in English (previously known as Language and Literature) OR Literature in English OR English Literature OR English Language and Literature, OR
    • E grade in one of the following GCE A Level subjects: General Studies OR English language OR Literature in English OR English Language and Literature OR English Literature.

International Baccalaureate  Diploma

  • Minimum score: 25
    Calculation methdology: Total final score as shown on transcript.  Evidence of successful completion of diploma is also required

  • English language requirements:  Score of 4 in English (SL) or score  of 3 in English (HL)

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Minimum score: 7

    Calculation methodology:

    Qualification awarded from 2009 an onwards: Overall average of the best seven subject grades (including English, Kiswahili and Mathematics) as awarded on the official final Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results slip. 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.

    Qualifications awarded prior to 2009: Overall average of the best eight subject grades (including English, Kiswahili and Mathematics) as awarded on the official final Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results slip. 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 language requirements:  B Grade in English

Mauritius Higher School Certificate/GCE Advanced  Levels

  • Minimum score: 7

    Calculation methodology:

    • Total score of a maximum of the best 3 A Level subject examinations taken in one sitting*.
    • 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 included in the calculation.
    • AS Level results cannot be used to replace a poor performance in an A Level subject.
    • Score A Level grades as follows: A*(a*) = 5, A(a) = 5, B(b) = 4, C(c) = 3, D(d) = 2, E(e) = 1, U = 0. 
    • Score AS Level grades as follows: a(a) =2.5, b(b) =2, c(c) =1.5, d(d) =1, e(e) =0.5, U = 0.
    • S (sub-pass) not to be included in the calculation.
    • A maximum of 1 bonus point is offered when achieving A* in an A Level Subject.

  • English language requirements:

    Same as GCE Advanced Levels – refer above.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

  • Minimum score:

    SAT marked out of 2400 -  minimum score of 1540

    Calculation methdology:

    Total score obtained by adding the highest section scores** (by adding the best scores achieved for ‘Critical Reading’, ‘Mathematics’ and ‘Writing’) across all SAT examinations submitted to Monash University. The following documents must also be submitted:

    • Official final SAT examination issued by The College Board, and
    • Official final academic transcript and Diploma Certificate for the American High School Diploma (or equivalent Australian Year 12 qualification^).

     **In order for the final score to be calculated all SAT scores must be marked out of 2400.  

    SAT marked out of 1600 -  minimum score of 1120

    Calculation methodology: 

    Total score obtained by adding the highest section scores* (by adding the best scores achieved for ‘Evidence Based Reading and Writing’ and ‘Math’) across all SAT examinations submitted to Monash University. The following documents must also be submitted:

    • Official final SAT examination issued by The College Board, and
    • Official final academic transcript and Diploma Certificate for the American High School Diploma (or equivalent Australian Year 12 qualification^).

    *In order for the final score to be calculated all SAT scores must be marked out of 1600.  

  • English language requirements: Pass in Grade 12 English

    Additional requirements for SAT:

    • The American High School Diploma cannot be accepted independently for admission into Monash University.
    • Schools that offer the American High School Diploma in the United States of America must be listed as accredited on the National Center for Education Statistics at https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/
    • Schools that offer the American High School Diploma outside the United States of America must be accredited by the Advanced Ed or an equivalent regional accrediting agency in the United States of America as follows:
      • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
      • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
      • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 
      • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
      • Northwest Accreditation Commission
      • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
      • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). 
    • If a student has undertaken multiple American Admission Tests (i.e. SAT, AP or ACT), the test with the highest achieved scores will be considered as meeting Monash University undergraduate entry requirements. 

^Students who have undertaken an American Admission Test (i.e. SAT, AP or ACT) with another international qualification (equivalent to an Australian Year 12) will be considered for Monash University undergraduate admission, however the qualification OR American Admission Test with the highest achieved score will be used to determine whether the student has met the entry requirements.

Tanzania Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Minimum score: 7

    Calculation methdology:

    • Total score of a maximum of the best 3 A Level subject examinations taken in one sitting*.
    •  For ACSE examinations awarded from 2014 (current grading scale where D is a pass) score A Level grades as follows: A = 5, B+ = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, E = 0, F = 0. 
    • For ACSE examinations awarded prior to 2014 (where E is a pass) score A Level grades as follows: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1, F = 0. 
    • Subsidiary pass is not to be included in the calculation.
  • English language reqiurements: C grade in English Language in the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE).

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education

  • Minimum score: 7

    Calculation methdology:

    • Total score of a maximum of the best 3 Principal subject examinations taken in one sitting*
    • Score Principal subjects grades as follows: A=5, B= 4, C=3, D=2, E=1, F = 0
    • O (subsidiary pass) are not to be included in the calculation.

  • English language requirements: Maximum grade 6 or less in Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education General Paper at Subsidiary Level.

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)

  • Minimum score:  9

    Calculation methodology: 

    • Total score of a maximum of the best 3 A Level subject examinations taken in one sitting*. 
    • 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 included in the calculation.
    • AS Level results cannot be used to replace a poor performance in an A Level subject.
    • Score A Level grades as follows: A(a) = 5, B(b) = 4, C(c) = 3, D(d) = 2, E(e) = 1, F = 0.
    • Score AS Level grades as follows: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5, F = 0.
    • O grades and numerical provisional results cannot be included in the calculation and cannot be used to satisfy Monash University prerequisites.

  • English language requirements: C grade in O Level English (English, English Literature, English Language or Literature in English) or E grade in Literature in English (A Level) or English Language and Communication Skills (A Level).

For other qualifications contact the Faculty.

Minimum entrance requirements for non-school-leavers

If you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the bachelor degree you'd like to study, the Foundation programme (MSAFP) can get you there. The programme bridges the gap between your highest qualification and the academic qualifications accepted by Monash South Africa.

Applications

More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Study areas for Bachelor of Social Science

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.

COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES

Communication and media studies focuses on the role of media in society and how this influences the way we receive communications and the way we communicate with each other. You will explore communication in interpersonal, organisational, corporate and intercultural contexts, gaining an understanding of the structures of communications industries and how to critically analyse the media. An opportunity to apply skills via a workplace internship is also available.

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 a major research piece in criminology and criminal justice is for you.

You may choose to focus your research on the forms of crime that can have a significant negative impact on society, the economy and the environment, or you might propose new ways to deal with crime, conflict and victimisation.

DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Development studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding key concepts and theoretical perspectives used in approaches to global development and poverty eradication. The area draws on ethnography, historical contextualisation and anthropology to help understand social and economic patterns of change; how development policy is imagined, produced, and received (or resisted) across multiple cultural contexts; and how development is imagined and defined through specific case studies of approaches, institutions and practitioners in the field. You will gain an understanding of global inequalities and how these impact on different groups of people. You will also gain an understanding of development theories and models and an understanding of how development has affected particular cultures and places.

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

In this major you will develop an understanding of natural environments, societies, communities, economies, human-environment relations and environmental management.

You will cover both human geography and physical geography and have the opportunity to participate in field studies and trips allowing you to further develop and apply skills gained.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours is vital. International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics. Offering a uniquely African perspective to global issues, you will start by looking at the history of the 20th century, and then move to the issues currently facing our world as we move into our world today.

JOURNALISM STUDIES

Through a combination of academic and practice-based work, students gain a solid foundation in all production technologies - print, video, radio and online - in metropolitan, regional and international contexts. You will be equipped with the skills required for the practices of research and reporting for news journalism and journalism production and develop an understanding of the technologically driven media society. The program opens employment opportunities in the print and electronic media in the private sector and government.

PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS

What sorts of things exist in the world and how are they related? How are the mind and matter related? Philosophy raises questions such as these about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find the answers. You will explore the notions of logic, critical reasoning, and both personal and professional ethics.

POLITICAL STUDIES

Political studies is a broad area of study allowing you to learn about the interrelationships in the human world. You will consider debates about resource allocation, decision-making, social behaviour and political action, the management or resolution of conflict, power struggles, ideologies and political movements, and the nature of the government and the state, including relations between states. The study of politics is ultimately concerned with important questions about the nature of power and authority, with the relationship between theory and practice, and with trying to understand the nature of social existence and the conditions needed for establishing more desirable forms of human community.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology draws on a range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, learning, problem solving, how we communicate, our emotions, and our social interactions. It allows us to examine how we respond to the world around us, providing valuable insights in how we can interact with the world more effectively and safely.

The Psychology major is research-led and based on the scientist-practitioner model of education whereby you will learn about psychology within a scientific perspective.

PUBLIC RELATIONS PRACTICE

Public relations practice provides you 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 explores people and the relationships that they have in different contexts such as families, schools and workplaces. 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.

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What is a Bachelor of Social Science?

Social scientists strive to understand, analyse, describe and explain the human world and their position within it, just as scientists attempt to describe and comprehend the natural world. The Bachelor of Social Science is designed to help you make sense of our rapidly changing global culture. Equally relevant to the professional world of work and the world of knowledge, the course will enable you to develop the skills needed to contribute to the social and cultural fabric of the community and to become truly global citizens. It will introduce you to a range of study areas in the humanities and social sciences. You will read, debate, examine and discuss issues, learning to carefully build arguments and propositions, to think independently and to develop new ways of approaching problems.

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