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An Introduction to the School of Social Science

Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, Sociology & Social Science

Why be a Social Scientist?

  • Because Social Science:

  • Is focused upon the fundamental workings of human societies

  • Is a area of ever-changing and growing knowledge

  • Develops analytical skills highly desired by employers

  • Is intellectually challenging and personally rewarding

  • Is an expanding area for graduate employment

  • Leads to professional careers in dynamic fields of practice


  • Thinking critically and analytically

  • Evaluating and synthesizing arguments

  • Communicating knowledgeably and effectively

  • Applying research methods in national and international field settings


  • Theory and practice of the disciplines and applied fields of social science

  • Appreciating cultural diversity

  • Identifying causes and consequences of social disadvantage and advantage

  • Recognising gender, ethnic, racial and class inequalities past and present

  • Conceptualising the future through appreciation of the past

At UQ, you can study to become a Social Scientist through the Bachelor of Arts Program by majoring in:

Fields of Study

  • Anthropology

  • Archaeology

  • Criminology

  • Sociology

You can also undertake a Bachelor of Social Science in:

  • Development

  • Health and Society

  • Social and Public Policy

  • Criminal Justice

  • Anthropologists

    • Investigate the diversity of human cultures, variations in social values / norms and the impacts of cross-cultural relations

    With UQ Anthropology you will;

    • Learn to identify the ways symbols and language are transmitted

    • Understand how material culture forms a part of human culture

    • Undertake field studies in many parts of the world

    • Learn how to work in cross-cultural settings at home and abroad


    • Investigate the human past:

    • Human biological and cultural evolution

    • Origins of agriculture

    • Origins of civilisation

    • Origins of modernity

    • Australasian and world archaeology

    WithUQ Archaeology you will;

    • Learn to find and excavate sites

    • Apply cutting-edge forensic and scientific methods to artefacts and biological remains

    • Learn how to manage and conserve cultural heritage

    • Become part of a professional archaeological community

    • Work on excavations at home and overseas


    • Study the causes and consequences of crime

    • Understand deviant behaviour and its manifestations

    WithUQ Criminology you will;

    • Evaluate crime control initiatives

    • Know the workings of the criminal justice system

    • Contribute to policy formation that leads to a more fair and just society


    • Document, analyse and interpret contemporary social change, behaviour, culture & identity.

      • Families and Households

      • Health and illness

      • Lifecourse Studies

      • Urban and Rural Change

      • Globalisation and Environment

      • Migration and Diversity

    WithUQ Sociology you will;

    • Learn how to undertake qualitative and quantitative research

    • Understand the history of ideas concerning society and social change

    • Take part in research into your society in the contemporary world

    School Resources

    • Computing facilities

    • Anthropology Museum

    • Archaeology Laboratories

      • TARDIS

      • Field lab

    Introductory Courses

    Semester 1, 2012

    ANTH1008Introduction to Anthropology

    ARCA1000Discovering Archaeology

    CRIM1000Introduction to Criminology

    SOCY1050Introduction to Sociology

    Introductory Courses

    Semester 2, 2013

    ANTH1008Introduction to Anthropology

    Anth1030Anthropology of world issues

    ARCA1000Discovering Archaeology

    ARCAS2001Doing Archaeology

    CRIM1000Introduction to Criminology

    CRIM1019Introduction to Criminal Justice

    SOCY1050Introduction to Sociology

    SOCY1060Gender, sexuality & society

    Want to know more?

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    Bachelor of Social Science


    A social science perspective on international & community development issues such as poverty, livelihoods, local economies, and environment.

    Social and Public Policy

    Connecting the social sciences to the world of practical politics. Understanding how to develop, implement and evaluate policy.

    Health and Society

    Understanding the social and ethical factors influencing health and illness, and how health systems work.

    Criminal Justice

    Understanding how we can better respond to emerging crime problems in our communities, focusing on systems of justice

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