Diploma of Social Sciences
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Diploma of Social Sciences is designed to provide candidates who have already completed a bachelor's degree in a different field with an academic foundation in the social sciences. The diploma allows you to progress to an honours year or further postgraduate study in your chosen field. A social sciences qualification is ideal for those who wish to develop personal and professional skills as a basis for employment or as a foundation for postgraduate study. The additional honours year provides outstanding candidates with the opportunity for focused study and research, working under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ANTH1001 - Cultural Difference: An Introduction
- ANTH1002 - Anthropology and the Global
- ANTH1801 - Social Anthropology Exchange
- ANTH1802 - Social Anthropology Exchange
- ANTH2601 - The Ethnography of Southeast Asia
- ANTH2606 - Culture and the Unconscious
- ANTH2623 - Gender: Anthropological Studies
- ANTH2625 - Culture and Development
- ANTH2627 - Medical Anthropology
- ANTH2630 - Indigenous Australians and Modernity
- ANTH2654 - Forms of Families
- ANTH2667 - The Anthropology of Religion
- ANTH2804 - Social Anthropology Exchange
- ANTH2805 - Social Anthropology Exchange
- ANTH2806 - Social Anthropology Exchange
- ANTH2810 - Social Anthropology Exchange
- ANTH2811 - Social Anthropology Exchange
- ANTH3601 - Contemporary Theory and Anthropology
- ANTH3602 - Reading Ethnography
- ARIS2675 - Gendering History in the Arab World
- ECOP3622 - Work in the Global Economy
- ECOP3623 - The Political Economy of Neoliberalism
- GOVT2112 - Modern Political Thought
- GOVT2615 - Topics in Environmental Politics
- GOVT2617 - Introduction to Non-Traditional Security
- GOVT2618 - Science,Technology and Security
- SCLG1001 - Introduction to Sociology 1
- SCLG1002 - Introduction to Sociology 2
- SCLG1801 - Sociology Exchange
- SCLG2601 - Sociological Theory
- SCLG2602 - Social Inquiry: Qualitative Methods
- SCLG2603 - Sociology of Health and Illness
- SCLG2604 - Social Inequality in Australia
- SCLG2605 - Social Justice Law and Society
- SCLG2606 - Media in Contemporary Society
- SCLG2607 - Social Movements and Policy Making
- SCLG2608 - Social Construction of Difference
- SCLG2609 - Contemporary Cultural Issues
- SCLG2610 - Science,Technology and Social Change
- SCLG2611 - Welfare States: A Comparative Analysis
- SCLG2612 - Self and Society
- SCLG2613 - Sociology of Childhood and Youth
- SCLG2615 - Law and Social Theory
- SCLG2619 - Sociology of Sport
- SCLG2621 - Power,Politics and Society
- SCLG2623 - Sociology of Terror
- SCLG2624 - Human Rights and Social Protest
- SCLG2625 - Sociology of Friendship
- SCLG2626 - Sociology of Religion
- SCLG2628 - Surveillance and Society
- SCLG2629 - Celebrity Society
- SCLG2634 - Crime,Punishment and Society
- SCLG2805 - Sociology Exchange
- SCLG2806 - Sociology Exchange
- SCLG2809 - Sociology Exchange
- SCLG2810 - Sociology Exchange
- SCLG2811 - Sociology Exchange
- SCLG2812 - Sociology Exchange
- SCLG3601 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
- SCLG3602 - Sociological Theory and Practice
- SCLG3603 - Quantitative Methods for Social Science
- SCLG3604 - Environmental Sociology
- SCLG3605 - Urban Transformations: Society and Space
- SCPL2601 - Australian Social Policy
- SCPL2602 - The Principles of Social Policy
Further course information
Candidates of the Diploma of Social Sciences undertake units of study to a value of 48 credit points (cp) over 0.9 year full-time or 1.8 years part-time. A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. At least 36 senior cp must be undertaken in a specific subject area.
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.
What is a major?
A major is usually a two-year defined sequence of study, generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. The Diploma of Social Sciences requires that students complete one major from a specified subject area. A major consists of 36 credit points (cp) in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study (6cp each) from a single subject area of study. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas. Most majors require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (6cp each).
What is an elective?
An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).
The Diploma of Social Sciences allows for students to take part in an international exchange. This allows students to enhance their language skills and cultural knowledge.
Course outcomes and further study
Career opportunities for graduates of the Diploma of Social Sciences depend on the area of study undertaken. A diploma is often a springboard to a postgraduate degree or a way of focusing your study in a particular area by doing a short course.
Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.
An honours year in the Social Sciences is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree. Honours can be the culmination of your formal education, an experience that extends your intellectual range, hones your research abilities, as well as analytical and communication techniques, and helps you to develop the personal and professional skills needed to see a research project though to completion. Honours can also be the first step on a path to a career as an academic or professional researcher. An honours year typically comprises seminar classes and work toward a short thesis on an independent research project under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field of your research.
The requirements for the Diploma of Social Sciences must be completed within five calendar years of commencement. An applicant must either:
a. have a UAI or equivalent (determined by the Faculty) of at least 80.00 and must be enrolled in a degree other than the BA at the University of Sydney, or any degree at another University, or
b. be a graduate of the University of Sydney (or equivalent). Admission may be limited by quota. If there is a quota, the Faculty will give preference to undergraduate applicants with higher UAIs, and then to postgraduate candidates and graduate applicants with a higher average mark in their undergraduate courses. You must gain permission in writing from the Dean of your Faculty if you are an Undergraduate student. Please contact the Faculty of Arts Office on P - 61 2 9351 3129 for more information.
Depends on subjects selected. Most subject areas in Arts require no previous knowledge. Please see the Faculty of Arts Handbook for details.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.
Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Not available to International Students
Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2012 your student contribution may differ.
For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students
Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students not available for Diploma of Social Sciences.
Annual review not available for Diploma of Social Sciences.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Diploma of Social Sciences.
Potential for inaccuracy
Potential for inaccuracy not available for Diploma of Social Sciences.