Social Policy


Social Policy is concerned with the study of a range of policies which affect the social and economic welfare of individuals, families and broader social groupings. The study of social policy enables students to develop an understanding of the arrangements and principles underpinning the provision and administration of social policies and can lead to careers in both government and non-government organisations. Policy areas studied can include: income support, work and unemployment, health, housing, family and children's services, youth, policies for the aged, health policies, policies for women, indigenous and multicultural policies, urban and regional development.

Studies in Social Policy at the University of Sydney are concerned with the history and contemporary institutions and practices of Australian social policies; comparative studies of policies in other countries; and the principles of social policy.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

Honours students in Sociology and Social Policy take two 2-hour seminars in Semester One, each involving 6000-8000 words of writing or equivalent, then complete a thesis of 18000-20000 words in Semester Two. The specific content of the seminars changes each year, but in general they are focused on practical methodology, theory construction, and professional socialisation. Final marks for the Honours year are computed as 20% of each of the seminar marks (40% total) and 60% of the thesis mark.

Related subject areas

Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies

Our courses that offer this honours subject area