Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBoSS
CRICOS code074678G
Total credit points required144
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Dr Seamus O'Hanlon


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The Bachelor of Social Sciences degree will enable students to develop strong oral and written communication skills, learn about contemporary debate around global issues and development, and acquire acute critical analytical skills.Students will learn about international business studies skills and principles, the uses and potential of information technology in the workplace (including database management, uses of digital media, and website authoring), the thinking and skills of media and communications professionals (including how to professionally communicate ideas and outcomes in the contemporary and future workplace media) and issues associated with the globalisation of business, culture and politics (including migration, business and personal ethics, urbanisation and the role of international organisations in the contemporary world).


Graduates are expected to:

  • develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge
  • develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in various humanities, arts and social science disciplines
  • have an understanding of international trends and of the intellectual context of economic, technological and social change
  • develop the skills and attitudes required to undertake life-long learning
  • develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the disciplines they study


Students must complete the following:

(a.) one major from the areas of study (48 points)

(b.) one minor in a area of study chosen from a different faculty to the major (24 points)

(c.) an additional first-year sequence (12 points)

(d.) two electives from units at the Berwick campus (12 points)

(e.) elective units (48 points)

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level with 24 points taken on the home campus.

Areas of Study


Bachelor of Social Sciences