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Social Science Degrees

Faculty of Higher Education, Lilydale

Faculty of Higher Education, Lilydale • Established in 1997 • Multi-disciplinary, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses • Regional Bonus Scheme – 5 point ATAR bonus Students: > 2000 Undergraduate > 230 International > 150 Postgraduate > 50 Research > 2500 On-line 2

Lilydale campus • • • • • • • •

Friendly atmosphere New student spaces SSAA weekly activities Modern, safe Student Village Ample free parking Easy access to public transport Free night bus Student Services 3

Why Social Science? • Learn how to think critically and develop problem-solving skills individually and in a team environment • Provides you with the knowledge to research issues, analyse information and apply techniques • Graduates have skills to accomplish self-directed and life-long learning that are transferable from study to the professional environment

Swinburne University of Technology


Social Science degrees • Bachelor of Social Science (Media Studies) • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) • Bachelor of Social Science (Public Relations) • Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology) • Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Social Science • Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Social Science Swinburne University of Technology


Flexible degree structure Professional

Minor Co-Major


16 Units


8 Units

4 Units

or Minor 4 Units

Social Science Professional Majors


Media Studies • Provides students with the ability to think critically about media and the role of media in societal processes • Learn practical focus skills in writing for media, developing your own blogs and opinion pieces • Engage with debates around cinema and digital technologies and explore the changing face of social media and media production

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Career prospects & salaries • • • •

Media research Media relations Communications Research Administration

Average Graduate Salary $47,597* *, August 2010 9

Psychology • Learn the essential areas of psychological principles and concepts • Acquire knowledge and skills to explain human behaviour and to devise policies to improve social conditions • Focus on development, personality, cognition and human performance, social and abnormal psychology

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Career prospects & salaries • Psychologist • Rehab counsellor

• Mental health nurse • Occupational rehab

Average Graduate Salary $42,461 *Source: August, 2010

With further study Eg: Psychologist $50,000 - $75,000* (masters) * Sourced from the Department of Human Services


Public Relations • Learn how to research audiences, develop suitable messages, implement communication programs and evaluate their success • Develop knowledge in areas such as culture and diversity, society and organisations and social research • Graduates have a solid foundation in both the theory and practice of public relations

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Career prospects & salaries • Community development • Public policy

• Digital media publishing • Event management

Average Graduate Salary $47,597* * Source: August 2010


Sociology • Cultivate creative critical thinking skills highly sought after by employers in public, private and community sectors • Develop the ability to adapt to new social and technological circumstances crucial in today’s rapidly changing workplaces • Equips graduates with specialised knowledge of social processes

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Career prospects & salaries • • • •

Social research • Public relations Policy development • Ethics Community development Human resources

Average Graduate Salary $42,461* *Source: August, 2010


Co-major’s & minors • Most professional majors are available as a co-major or a minor. • Minors also available in: > > > > > > > >

Applied Statistics Business and Society Business Law Business Studies Design Economics External Studies Indigenous Studies

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Why Swinburne?


Why Swinburne? • • • • • •

Industry-Based Learning* Capstone Projects Careers in the Curriculum Study Tours, Study Abroad, Swinburne at Sarawak Flexible degree structure, summer and winter terms Guaranteed Entry Scheme

*IBL is not available to international students due to visa restrictions, students should seek advice from their faculty for alternatives


Scholarships • Dean’s Scholarship > Students receive a full degree fee waiver, 2010 ATAR 88.9

• Study Lilydale Scholarship > International students only, 10% fee reduction for each year of a single degree

• Others > Discipline specific - Vice Chancellor’s ATAR 97+ > Demonstrated leadership > Shire of Yarra Ranges > Community involvement > Relocation etc


My Year 12 experience • My subjects – what I studied • What courses was I considering? • Research

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Transition to Uni Life • Accepted into course • Positives and Negatives • Getting involved

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Swinburne Social Science Degrees (Open Day 2010)  
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A run down of Social Science degrees offered at the Faculty of Higher Education Lilydale.