The Graduate Certificate in Social Science allows you the freedom to select areas of study according to your personal interest and professional need. It is also designed to enhance critical and reflective professional practice in the human services sector.
Two units in social science theories and research methods are core components of the course. In addition to these two core units, you can choose to complete a research report, or two specialist professional units from the wide range available.
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Social science at Western
Western Sydney University offers a unique range of choices in the Graduate Certificate in Social Science and many units are available in flexible modes that recognise your competing demands of study, work and family.
You may choose from 'specialist' units with specialist lecturers who emphasise contemporary social and professional relevance. The course provides a core of social science studies in research methods, theory and their applications.
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Western is a Top 150 University in the world for Sociology (QS World University Ranking).
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $12,740*
Delivery: On campus
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Graduates of this degree find career opportunities in areas including:
- Community Welfare
- Health Services (including Public Health)
- Research and Development
- Policy development and analysis
- Human resources
- Cultural and heritage work
Urban and Regional Planners develop and implement plans and policies for the controlled use of urban and rural land, and advise on economic, environmental and social factors affecting land use.
Tourism Officers act as guides to travellers who want to experience the places, artefacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present, including cultural historic and natural resources.
Working within a heritage organisation, you are responsible for maintaining and caring for heritage listed buildings and other items.
Social Professionals research and study human behaviour, society and institutions from current and historical perspectives, and verbally render spoken statements, and transcribe text.
Their priority is to assist their companies acquire new clients and sell additional products or services to existing clients.
Human Resource Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the human resource and workplace relations activities within organisations.
Sales and marketing
Advertising and Marketing Professionals develop and coordinate advertising strategies and campaigns, determine the market for new goods and services, and identify and develop market opportunities for new and existing goods and services.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.