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Help shape the future and improve society

Social science applies the ‘science’ of research and analysis to the world’s complex ‘social’ problems, such as sustainability, equity, and diversity. In our new Bachelor of Social Science, you’ll study some of society’s most compelling and intriguing issues, along with the techniques and methodologies to analyse them and devise break-through solutions. You’ll develop specialist knowledge in two contemporary fields, with majors available in social justice, global security threats, environmental sustainability, politics in Asia, economics, and media, communication and social change.

You’ll be ready to meet the global demand for social scientists who understand and can help solve the biggest problems facing our modern, high-tech societies.

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Study social science at Griffith

It's where science gets social

If you’re fascinated by human behaviour but don’t want to be a psychologist or social worker, or are intrigued by science and how things work, but aren't interested in lab work, a career in social science could be for you. Social science is the perfect intersection between the scientific and the social and offers a personally fulfilling and financially rewarding career across a wide range of industries

It’s where the data analysts and the communicators meet, the artificial intelligence and human intelligence interact, the hard data gets the human touch. Contemporary social scientists extract meaningful value from data and use it to help formulate practical solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

At Griffith, we’ll give you the opportunity to quench your thirst for knowledge and make a difference in the modern world by influencing and leading public policy and helping individuals, communities and society.

You can customise your degree with free choice electives , and you’re free to study full time or part time across our Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

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Griffith Bachelor of Arts graduate

Bachelor of Arts student Daniel Lyons secured an enviable job with the Royal Australian Air Force before he graduated. As a Communications and Information Systems Controller, Daniel manages, monitors and maintains Local Area Networks, as well as operate communication facilities and safe keep classified data. “The critical thinking skills I developed throughout my Bachelor of Arts degree have definitely given me the edge in getting this role,” he says.

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Develop skills and strategies to find solutions to social issues

Social science is a flexible, versatile and practical degree that can position graduates for many different career opportunities

Numerous private sector and government agencies employ social science graduates, drawing on their skills in problem-solving, critical analysis, social research and advocacy. As a Griffith graduate, your expertise will be sought in many different settings, from the public service to community agencies, advocacy and lobbying organisations, social activism and international aid organisations. You’ll embark on your career with the solid foundation required to work across various rewarding professions, including jobs in:

  • Advertising
  • Aid work
  • Education
  • Government
  • Media
  • Social policy analysis
  • Information management

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