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CC16 - Bachelor of Applied Sociology


Course Overview

Sociology is the one social science which embraces the whole range of human activities and this makes it a very wide field of study. As a result, it offers many opportunities for specialisation and these are reflected in the work of sociologists. The Bachelor of Applied Sociology combines core social science transferable skills with an emphasis on employability. In terms of title, structure and practical focus there is no equivalent course offered in Australia. The topic matter of the discipline is varied enabling students to explore a range of perspectives and methodologies used to understand social interactions and societal issues.

The course consists of a combination of core and elective units, which thus provides students with the opportunity to develop core social science transferable skills whilst allowing the freedom to pursue areas of particular interest. The course draws on the University’s strengths as a distance education provider but also allows for students to take advantage of on-campus learning if preferred.

Career Information

Students graduating with the Bachelor of Applied Sociology degree will be employable in numerous and diverse professions within the public and private sectors. These include areas such as: industrial relations, criminal justice work, policy planning and implementation, case management, youth work, migrant and multicultural affairs, community organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs), overseas aid and development agencies, social research, public relations, publishing, personnel work and training. Graduates of the course will possess a sophisticated set of skills and knowledge including the ability to develop opinions and new ideas on societal issues; the ability to judge and evaluate evidence, verbal communication skills; showing initiative; being able to work in a way that is supportive of equality and diversity in the workplace and relating sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy. Typically, there is a considerable employment rate from such a course.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BAppSoc
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2015


Term 2 - 2015


Term 1 - 2015


Term 3 - 2014


Term 2 - 2014


Term 1 - 2014

There are no future or current domestic availabilities for this course.
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2014

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Term 1 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
There are no future or current international availabilities for this course.
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

English (4SA)

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Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge
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Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CC17 - Advanced Diploma of Applied Sociology
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

HLTH12031 - Students are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 25 hours with a community agency.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 1
2020 2
2019 4
2018 5
2017 9
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Identify key social structures that shape individual and group relationships and underpin social change in Australia and the international context.
  • 2. Apply competing theoretical perspectives and methodologies to critically review and analyse key areas of social concern and events.
  • 3. Critically analyse the effects of social inequalities, related to the development of individual and group identities.
  • 4. Articulate the processes of production of sociological knowledge in the comprehension and critique of social life.
  • 5. Formulate sociological and/or critical arguments related to key areas of social concern, through the use of evidence, evaluation and critique/assessment of community and social life.
  • 6. Demonstrate critical, analytical thinking and writing when presenting knowledge about individuals, social groups, communities and society.
  • 7. Critically review and analyse the range of research approaches used in the production of new and sociological knowledge.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 14 Total credit points: 84

Desirable features included in the revised core unit structure include:

- data and social research methods provided during the three year (full-time) duration of the degree

- placement of students to undertake voluntary work with an identified participating organisation

- greater indigenising of the course

- greater attention on preparing individuals, social groups organisations, community and society (e.g., natural disasters, environmental sustainability to combat climate change, education for action and social change) through education and social change

- broader focus on public health and environmental health sectors engaged in assessing, evaluating and planning community action, safety and wellbeing

- introduction of units encompassing disaster management and environmental sustainability which are contemporary issues and impact social life and human health and wellbeing

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SOCL11055 Sociology of Australian Society
SOCL11059 Introducing Social Change
ENVH11001 Health and the Environment
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SOCL11060 Being Bad
INDG11006 Education and Learning: Colonisation and Decolonisation in the Cultural Interface
PBHL11001 Public Health Data and Measurement
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SOCL19070 Health and Medical Sociology
SOCL19065 Rural Communities and Health
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SOCL19069 Social Research Methods
HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
INDG19017 Political Philosophy and Indigenous Perspectives
PBHL13001 Public Health and Environmental Sustainability
EMER13001 Community Safety and Education in Action
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PBHL13002 Public Health Disaster Management
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 10 Total credit points: 60

Recommended elective units for the Bachelor of Applied Sociology:

- PSYC12014 Critical, Cultural and Social Psychology (level 2 unit)

- SOWK12013 Contemporary Social Policy (level 2 unit)

- INDG19016 Contemporary Indigenous Issues (level 2 unit)

- PSYC13024 Qualitative Research Methodology (level 3 unit)

10 Elective Units

As part of the Bachelor of Applied Sociology course, students undertake 10 elective units.

Electives can be from any CQUniversity undergraduate unit, provided prerequisite and corequisite requirements are met.

Please note no more than 10 level one units can be studied as part of this course.

More Details
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