Master of Social Science (Difference and Diversity)

Domestic

COURSE SNAPSHOT 
 Local
Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationParramatta City
Duration 2F / 4P
Apply Direct Code1770.1
UAC Code950828
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn); Semester 2 (Spring)
Fee Information

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

International

COURSE SNAPSHOT
 International
Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationParramatta City
Duration2F
Course Code1770.1 [CRICOS CODE 059409K] 
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn); Semester 2 (Spring)
Fee Information

International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

Details

The Difference & Diversity specialisation focuses on the centrality of issues of difference and diversity – including race, ethnicity, disability, gender, class and sexuality – in contemporary issues and debates about relations of power and inequality.

Who is this course for?

This course is for local and international students who are already working or intend to work in professions dealing with culturally diverse clients and stakeholders. Its for people who would like to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of difference and diversity, and in-depth analytical and research skills to investigate the ways in which this difference is shaped by social categories of race, gender, disability, class, and religion.

Students will develop theoretical knowledge and research skills that have practical application to their profession, whether it's policing, criminology, social work, policy analysis or research. Two of the subjects in this specialisation are core units that all students must complete. It is therefore possible to add two more elective units from this specialisation and graduate with a double major.

Personal and educational outcomes

Some students will undertake this study for personal interest, others for professional development and career advancement. For some students it will be a next step towards undertaking a PhD.

What makes this course unique at Western Sydney University?

This masters program is the only in one Australia that offers a specialisation in Difference and Diversity. It allows people from a wide range of professions to develop knowledge and skills that will impact their professional practice.

Advantages of studying Difference and Diversity at Western Sydney University

We live and work in a networked multicultural and diverse global world made up of multiple differences. Understanding the ways in which these differences shape our lives has profound implications for the development of social policy and for professional practice.

Units

Access information about the units (subjects) you will complete as well as important admission information:

Admission information and course structureDifference and Diversity specialisation units

Career opportunities for this specialisation

Career outcomes and opportunities

Graduates will be well positioned to take up high level positions in national and global institutions and non-government organisations as:

  • policy analysts
  • practitioners
  • researchers

How to apply

If you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident, you can apply online directly to Western (opens in a new window) for postgraduate coursework in Arts and Humanities, Business, Creative Industries, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Law, Computing and Information Technology, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences, TESOL, Interpreting and Translation or Therapeutic Studies and Counselling. Applications can also be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window).

Applications made directly to Western do not have an application fee.

You can manage your existing direct applications via the Western application portal (opens in a new window) or via UAC.(opens in a new window)

Step by step instructions are available on the How to Apply pages.

If you are an international student, you need to apply through Western Sydney University International. Step by step instructions are available on the International Admissions pages.