Social and Political Sciences
With the Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) you’ll explore the interpersonal, community, social, economic and global issues that shape the world we live in.
By studying professional studies and social, cultural and communication theory and practice, you’ll develop a breadth of knowledge on how societies work. You’ll also learn to ask questions and conduct research, to understand social issues, and to become an effective advocate, communicator and change-maker in an increasingly globalised world.
This course is embedded in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
We live in a rapidly changing world and a world that's facing a lot of big issues whether we're talking about climate change or global terrorism.
This degree really gave me those skills to think differently. To think critically and to equip me for jobs that don't really exist yet.
Social and Political Sciences is a degree for anyone who's interested in how our society works and essentially how to make it better.
I chose social and political sciences because I was really interested in learning about the issues affecting society.
This isn't a degree that funnels you into one job. It's more a degree that opens up a lot of opportunities in different industries including organizations that are really trying to make change in the world.
I currently work as a safer communities coordinator at Insurance Australia Group where we look at addressing social and environmental issues through a lens that makes social sense and also commercial outcomes.
So at the City of Parramatta I'm a community engagement officer and part of that means that we roll out community consultations and that's to make sure that whatever council delivers is what the community have said they want.
We follow the UTS model of learning so we are always trying to combine practical, real world skills with our understanding of history and theory.
A lot of skills that I've developed throughout my degree I put in to practice every day on the job.
A lot of it is to do with research, collecting data, analysing data, and report writing.
The placements that I did as part of my degree were really useful for me to go out and see how organisations work. To be able to make a difference while still being a student was great.
Our graduates are gonna be really well equipped to help improve the world because they understand how society works and how social change happens.
- Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences)
- Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) / Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) / Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
Related postgraduate courses: Master of Arts (Research) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Why Social and Political Sciences at UTS?
- Specialised skills
Gain specialised skills in social science analysis, communication studies and research, with an emphasis on politics, cultural history, international studies and sociology — all the knowledge and tools you need to engage effectively with social change.
- Professional experience
All students have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in their final year. Placements are arranged with a range of government departments, commercial organisations and international and local non-government organisations. A special placement with NSW Parliament is also available. Alternatively, students can work on a self-initiated project under the guidance of an academic supervisor, setting the foundation for Honours and Higher Degree Research.
- Hands-on learning
Our teaching team is made up of highly accomplished academics and industry practitioners who’ll inject your theoretical learning with practical activities. Throughout your degree, you'll learn how to produce various publications, including research reports, communication strategies, evidence-based proposals, media releases and policy submissions. When it's time to apply for your first role, you'll have a portfolio of work to present to future employers.
- Extensive electives
Broaden your knowledge with our vast array of Communication electives. You can study topics you're passionate about or explore new interests, with options including (but not limited to) environmental communication, genocide studies, popular culture, design thinking and digital media. You also have the option of undertaking a minimum 80-hour industry internship as one of your electives.
- Social impact
You can start driving meaningful social change long before you graduate by engaging with UTS-led community ventures, such as UTS Shopfront, The Big Lift and UTS BUILD.
- Add a second major
Expand your career options by adding a second Communication major to your degree. Options include Journalism, Digital and Social Media, Public Communication or Creative Writing.
- Self and Society
- Politics, Ideologies and Beliefs
- Economy, Society and Globalism
- Investigating for Change
- Intervening for Change
- Professional Pathways Project
View the full study plan in the UTS Handbook.
Career options include advocacy in environmental, Indigenous, human rights and overseas development organisations, as well as trade unions; policy research, analysis and program management in government; management in social services and welfare, including women's, migrant and Indigenous programs; and research in think tanks and academia.
For me, Social and Political Sciences was a really easy choice because it worked so well with my Journalism major. It's a course that quickly gets you thinking about the impacts of various policies and ideologies on the community.
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (Social and Political Sciences)
Casual Producer, ABC News Channel
Studying Social and Political Science at UTS has been a really enriching and enjoyable experience. A highlight was a recent opportunity I had to complete a project with the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, where I undertook independent research and prepared a paper on Juvenile Incarceration in Australia.
Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) / Bachelor of Laws
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