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 titleBSocSci
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (South Africa)
Admission, fee and application details


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


Arts students strive to understand, analyse, describe and explain the human world and their position within it, just as scientist attempt to describe and comprehend the natural world. The Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci) degree is designed to help students make sense of our rapidly changing global culture.

Equally relevant to the professional world of work and the world of knowledge, the BSocSci aims to provide students with the skills needed to contribute to the social and cultural fabric of the community and to become truly global citizens.

The BSocSci introduces students to a range of study in the humanities and social sciences. While each unit provides an introduction to the specific area of study, skills of analysis, communication and research will also be developed.

Social science studies require students to read, debate, examine and discuss issues, teaching them to carefully build arguments and propositions. Students will be encouraged to think independently and to develop new ways of approaching problems.


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


This course consists of a compulsory arts major and arts minor, with additional studies chosen from a variety of arts disciplines.


Students must complete the following:

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) another 12 points of arts at first, second or third-year level

(e.) additional units to make up a total of 144 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 (across the duration of the degree).

Areas of Study


Bachelor of Social Science