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Are you intrigued by people and fascinated to learn what makes them tick?

Studying for a social science degree at Griffith, you’ll look closely at society and the relationships between individuals. This course will provide you with expert insights into human development and the environmental conditions and patterns that shape our attitudes, behaviours, lifestyle and culture.

Explore sociological thinking on the origins, construction and political implications of identity, while gaining an understanding of the ongoing impact of globalization felt in various aspects of contemporary culture.

With the skills you develop, you’ll be positioned to make valuable contributions to some important global issues.

Double degrees

Studying a double degree is a great way to increase your career options

Study social science at Griffith

Play a role in social change

Social science focuses on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the way we live.

If your passion is for a career that can help understand and change human behaviour to bring about positive transformation, the social science degree at Griffith is for you.

Choosing to study at Griffith means you’ll learn to think outside the box, to adapt your knowledge to new situations, to be aware of and work within the broader framework of social sciences. You’ll learn to apply critical thinking ability to real issues in an increasingly globalised world.

You’ll be learning from industry-leading researchers and gaining in-depth insights into how the social sciences influence our world. This degree will widen your understanding of your community and society, giving you the skills to work productively with people from diverse backgrounds in different organisational settings.

You’ll have the opportunity to study in the areas of criminal justice, indigenous studies, Islam-west relations, sociology and many more. You’ll graduate with the high level expertise and knowledge required to work across different professions, offering exciting and engaging career options.

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.

Daniel Lyons

Griffith Bachelor of Arts graduate

Bachelor of Arts student Daniel Lyons secured an enviable job with the RAAF 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.

Daniel Lyons

Study options

Degrees Campus OP rank
Bachelor of Arts Nathan 16
Bachelor of Arts Gold Coast 16
Bachelor of Arts Online
Bachelor of Asian Studies Nathan 16
Bachelor of Communication with Honours Gold Coast
Nathan
Bachelor of Government and International Relations Nathan 16
Bachelor of Government and International Relations Gold Coast 16
Bachelor of Government and International Relations with Honours Nathan
Bachelor of Public Relations and Communication Nathan 16
Bachelor of Public Relations and Communication Gold Coast 16
Graduate Certificate in International Relations Nathan
Graduate Diploma of Arts Research Studies Gold Coast
Nathan
Master of Arts Online
Nathan
Master of Arts Online
Gold Coast
Master of International Relations Nathan

Expand your qualifications and your career options with our range of double degrees. As a double degree graduate, you’ll have a special skill set that will help you stand out with future employers.

Double Degrees Campus OP rank
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business Nathan 16
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business Gold Coast 16
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Asian Studies Nathan
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Asian Studies Nathan
Bachelor of Government and International Relations/Bachelor of Asian Studies Nathan
Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Government and International Relations Nathan 16
Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Government and International Relations Gold Coast 16
Bachelor of Laws with Honours/Bachelor of Government and International Relations Nathan
Bachelor of Laws with Honours/Bachelor of Government and International Relations Gold Coast
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts Nathan 9
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts Gold Coast 9
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Asian Studies Nathan
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Government and International Relations Nathan 9
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Government and International Relations Gold Coast 9

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Scholarships

Over 400 Scholarships available

Career outcomes

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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Life at Griffith

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Monday 26 September — Friday 30 September

Queensland conservatorium auditions

Queensland Conservatorium live auditions will be conducted the week beginning Monday 26 September. 

Friday 30 September — Monday 26 September

QTAC and UAC on time applications close

To attend Griffith in 2017, apply for our degrees via QTAC or UAC by 30 September, 2016. You can apply after this date, but a late fee will apply.

Friday 30 September — Monday 26 September

Queensland Conservatorium QTAC and UAC applications due

Apply by 30 September via QTAC or UAC for Queensland Conservatorium degrees.

Monday 27 February — Friday 26 May

Trimester 1

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester kicking off on Monday 27 February.