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What will I learn?

What to expect

Students will have access to The Cairns Institute – an important centre for national and international scholars. It brings together the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 20 academic disciplines, creating a uniquely robust and relevant research, consulting, training and teaching hub for Northern Australia, South and South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Career Opportunities

The flexibility of this course means, after consultation with the course coordinator, you can select a course of study from one of the discipline areas, or you can choose to study an approved combination of these or other disciplines. These areas of study include:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Social Science, graduates will be able to:

Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of social theory, practice and professional ethics in at least one discipline in the social sciences

Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods in at least one discipline in the social sciences

Analyse critically and evaluate social systems, institutions, structures and/or practices

Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise perspectives, arguments and sources of qualitative and/or quantitative data pertinent to complex social, political, historical, economic, environmental and/or cultural issues, particularly those related to quality of life in the tropics worldwide

Present a clear and coherent exposition of research to a variety of audiences through advanced proficiency in written and spoken English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills

Design, plan and execute a social science research project with some independence

Apply social theory to research, demonstrating advanced understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in some areas in at least one discipline in the social sciences

Respectfully and responsibly apply knowledge of diversity and difference among people, especially vulnerable and Indigenous peoples, in research and scholarship.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

CRICOS

029019F

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$32,960.00 (17,82,585) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

26 February 2023

More details

Start date

20 February 2023

Venue

James Cook University

Douglas campus,

1 James Cook Drive,

DOUGLAS,

Queensland,

4814, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$32,960.00 (17,82,585) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

26 February 2023

More details

Start date

20 February 2023

Venue

Cairns City campus

36 Shields Street,

CAIRNS CITY,

Queensland,

4870, CAIRNS, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Completion of at least an AQF level 8 qualification in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (credit average) in the final year AND a grade of credit (65%) or better in a minimum of one advanced research methods or analysis subject; or other qualifications recognised by the University as equivalent.

For international students

Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree, from this or another university, or

Other qualifications recognised by the Dean of the College of Arts, Society and Educations as equivalent to the above.

IELTS - 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet based) - 74 (no component less than 18); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 52 (no component less than 52); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 169 (no component less than 169).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world
  • Rated world-class or better in 83 per cent of research areas
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills