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Social justice

Investigate emerging social issues and how to address them
Gain the skills and knowledge needed to understand social policy and promote change by empowering individuals, groups and communities.

This field is broadly concerned with the wellbeing of all of us as a society. Social justice promotes an environment within which issues of equality, access and service are openly examined. We will explore matters relating to work and the labour market, healthcare, family, old age, social security, globalisation and immigration.

We will challenge and unpack some of the common assumptions about certain groups, and study the issues underpinning the design of social policies and how they work in various contexts. We encourage creative and committed thinking and value an informed global and local citizenship.

Our study offering

Understand the challenges of sustainable human development on a local, national and global scale. This degree provides theoretical foundations and opportunities for practice-based understanding of development policy, programs and outcomes. 

Postgraduate 

Studying human and community services involves a combination of policy, practice and research in the human and community services industry. It is designed to equip you with foundational knowledge and skills for entry into the Australian human and community services industry. It also offers you the opportunity to focus on specific fields of practice, including management, community work and violence against women.

Postgraduate 

Human rights combines social, scientific and legal approaches and provides a holistic perspective on human rights and social change. The course addresses human rights violations at local, national, regional and global levels. 

Postgraduate 

Peace and Conflict Studies focuses on the interconnections between peace, conflict, justice and human rights. From conflict transformation after mass violence to the role of the media in peace building, Peace and Conflict Studies explores the intellectual and practical challenges of attaining peace with justice. 

Postgraduate 

Research

Social policy is concerned with a range of questions including: How will wealth and wellbeing be distributed in the 21st century? Do social policies challenge or reinforce inequality? How does Australia compare to other nations on measures of welfare? 

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research  

A degree in social work prepares students for employment in a complex, diverse and changing environment. According to the International Federation of Social Work definition of the profession, human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. 

Undergraduate 

Postgraduate 

Research 

*A professional qualification that is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Why study social justice with us?

  • We are ranked 18th in the world for development studies and 28th in the world for social policy.*
  • Practical experience is a key component of our social work degrees. As part of these degrees, you will undertake fieldwork placements, supervised by highly skilled and experienced practitioners. Our qualifying social work degrees are also accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers. 
  • We offer a broad range of student placements, allowing you to gain hands on, workplace experience.
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines.
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible students.** 
  • We offer a  wide range of scholarships  and prizes designed to recognise potential, assist those in need and reward high achievement.

*QS World University World Rankings by Subject 2019

**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Where can studies in social justice lead you?

Our wide range of courses across the area of human behaviour, society and social justice can open the doors to inspiring and rewarding career opportunities. Career pathways:

  • Advocate for victims  
  • Community development worker
  • Correctional officer 
  • Counsellor 
  • Equality and diversity officer 
  • Grants officer
  • Journalist
  • Legal aid lawyer
  • Roles withing human rights organisations and other not-for-profit organisations
  • Social worker 
  • Youth worker

Kasumi Higewake
Kasumi Higewake – Bachelor of Social Work student
"As a social worker, you can have an impact on every client relationship. In this field, technology can’t solve everything – professional problem-solving skills are needed. A degree in social work gives me the opportunity to have a life-changing impact on an intimate scale through counselling clients, and potentially on a larger scale through engaging with the public to promote human rights.”
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