What will I learn?

Social policy is concerned with actions by government, the private sector, families and communities to tackle social problems and work towards a more just and equal society. Drawing on a range of social sciences, including Sociology, Economics and Political Science, this major explores how social policies are developed, influenced, implemented, and evaluated. You will be introduced to the fundamental theories and concepts for analysing social policies and focus on substantive areas of policy including housing, health, education, welfare and the personal social services, in Australia and internationally. You will learn to propose and analyse policies for their potential impacts on social and economic welfare, recognising tensions related to resource allocation, power and inequality, political ideologies, and government intervention.

This degree

The UOW Bachelor of Social Science (Social Policy) involves a common foundation of compulsory social science subjects in first year, followed by a major in Social Policy. In third year you'll have the opportunity to undertake work integrated learning, where you'll gain vital community experience. You will complement your degree with a minor study area from any field in the University offering cross-faculty enrolment. You can also study electives abroad, or stay local and undertake activities to build your cross-cultural communication skills.

What you will study

Foundational subjects in social science include human development and public health, human geography, sociology, psychology, research methods and statistics and interdisciplinary competencies. You will also begin your major in first year. During your second and third years you'll explore the legal, political, economic and government service dimensions of social policy.

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Integrate knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences and social science practice.
2 Consolidate and synthesise theoretical and practical knowledge of the dynamics of social systems and practices in different settings and apply this to their chosen speciality.
3 Inquire into the dynamics of particular social problems and practices using established social science protocols consistent with their speciality.
4 Inquire into and address ongoing learning needs.
5 Analyse unpredictable, complex problems, issues and situations; apply creative, logical and critical thinking skills; and form evidence-based judgements regarding possible solutions.
6 Articulate ideas using a wide range of techniques effective with different audiences, including experts and non-experts.
7 Work collaboratively with a range of people in different cultural, cross-cultural and regional contexts to best effect desired and desirable social change.
8 Recognise the importance of ethical practice, social responsibility, social justice and civic awareness when acting to resolve conflicts, address problems and respond to social and environmental challenges.

Career opportunities

Community Planning and Development

Environmental Officer

Federal and International Policy

Health Care Management and Policy

Local and International Community Development

Local Government

Market Research

Policy Analysis And Evaluation

Social Planning and Social Impact Assessment

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years (6 sessions))

Tuition fees
A$26,592.00 (US$ 18,489) per year
AUD $79,776 for the entire course; Session fees: AUD $13,296

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2020

More details

Start date

27 July 2020


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Full Time (3 years (6 sessions))

Tuition fees
Information not available

Please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2021

More details

Start date

Expected March 2021


Shoalhaven Campus

Ray Cleary Building,

George Evans Road,


New South Wales,

2540, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.5, writing 6.0, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 22, writing 22, listening 17, speaking 17; PTE Academic overall score of 62, All bands 54

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

About this uni

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students