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Bachelor of Social and Economic Policy (Sociology) - SCB302

Course Code: SCB302
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
UAC Code: 361523
CRICOS Code: 097665A
Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Explore social and economic policy from Canberra’s unique viewpoint

If you have a keen social conscience and would like to spend your career investigating society’s key challenges, then the Bachelor of Social and Economic Policy (Sociology) lets you explore how social, economic and political factors help shape human actions in modern society. You’ll develop a solid grounding in the social sciences, which will help you gain skills to analyse social and economic issues in the real world. The course will see you investigate social policy reform matters from a distinctive perspective thanks to Canberra’s location as the centre of federal and ACT government socio-economic policy design, implementation and evaluation.

The course’s flexibility allows for a variety of subject areas and disciplines to be explored, including international relations and political science, as well as business, management, law and commerce. On top of analytical and critical thinking skills, you’ll gain experience in research and data analysis, providing you with practical abilities for a contemporary policy and analysis career. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for a range of roles which may include working within the government, private, not-for-profit or community sectors. Or if further learning is your preferred next-step, you’ll be well-prepared to engage in study for a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree.

Study a Bachelor of Social and Economic Policy (Sociology) at UC and you will:

  • analyse the complexities of contemporary policy environments, identifying key sociological issues and developing corresponding solutions
  • evaluate a range of social and cultural theories and apply them to contemporary social problems and scenarios
  • critique popular explanations of contemporary social life through the application of rigorous methods of enquiry
  • examine the dynamics of power, cultural meanings and social inequities
  • recognise, analyse and evaluate the relationships between the scarcity of resources, the nature of values, and the design of social and economic policy in local and global contexts.

Work Integrated Learning

The structure and content of this degree has been informed by the needs of employers and industry specialists, making it relevant to successful employment and career outcomes. It includes Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities in the form of internships, professional practice units, capstone projects, networking and Study Abroad opportunities. The National Centre for Socio-Economic Modelling (NATSEM) is one of the University’s most renowned multidisciplinary research centres and you’ll have opportunities to become involved in high-profile socio-economic research if you’re keen to explore a research-led route.

Given the broad employment prospects associated with the degree, student WIL placements can occur across a range of fields, including with state and federal government departments, regulatory agencies, not-for-profit and community organisations, consulting firms, peak body associations and the private sector.

Career opportunities

  • Researcher
  • Research fellow
  • Policy officer
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Policy adviser
  • Program manager
  • Campaign manager
  • Youth worker
  • Multicultural affairs liaison
  • Community project officer
  • Electoral officer
  • Human rights officer
  • Social and political researcher
  •   Survey and market researcher

Course-specific information

A clear pathway exists between this course and the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree.


Prospective Domestic Students:
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students:
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students:
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Social and Economic Policy (Sociology) BSoc&EcPolicy (Sociology)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Analyse the complexities of the contemporary policy environments, identify key sociological issues, and develop corresponding solutions. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.
Evaluate a range of social and cultural theory and apply them to contemporary social problems and scenarios. 1.2 UC graduates are professional: communicate effectively.
Explain and critique the popular explanations of contemporary social life through the application of rigorous and systematic methods of enquiry by examination of the dynamics of power, cultural meanings and social inequities. 2.1 UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession.
Recognise, analyse, and evaluate the relationships between the scarcity of resources, the nature of values and the design of social and economic policy in local and global contexts. 1.5 UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.


Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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