Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services), Bachelor of Arts

University of Adelaide

Degree overview
Gain hands-on experience and build industry networks with 560 hours of supervised local, rural or international work placements.
Study a double degree in human services and arts.
Tailor your degree and select from majors in Sociology, Linguistics, English Language, French, Italian or Japanese Studies.
Gain advanced knowledge, skills and intercultural expertise to develop services for individuals, families, groups and communities.
Benefit from flexible study options, with on-campus, block intensive and online learning available.
Work alongside practitioners and highly skilled academic staff in simulated real-world scenarios.
Learn from award-winning researchers in the field of Social Work and Sociology1.
Our Arts educators and researchers are number one in South Australia for research in Cultural Studies, Linguistics, and Journalism and Professional Writing*.
Benefit from our on-campus facilities, including the Multimedia Languages Lab and Human Services Studios.
Immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture through our exchange and in-country study programs.
Use this degree as a pathway to further study.
12015 Excellence in Research Education (ERA)

This unique double degree will prepare you to work as a human services professional and develop services and support those that experience disadvantage, personal and social difficulties.

The human services field is a rapidly growing sector of the Australian economy and an emerging area of global focus. Employers, both in Australia and internationally, are increasingly seeking skilled human service practitioners who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Graduates with a strong command of professional English, social policy skills, strong intercultural communication skills, and proficiency in a second language are in high demand.

You will graduate with skills in research, policy and project management, tailored to your area of interest based on your choice of arts majors, choosing from Languages (English Language; French, Italian or Japanese Studies); Sociology; or Linguistics. Through 560 hours of supervised work placement you will be ready to work in a wide range of jobs in human services and community development.

Language students will also be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture through our exchange and in-country study programs.

Many courses within the degree are offered online or in intensive mode, including our exciting summer and winter schools, offering students a flexible mode of study. If you finish your degree with a credit or higher Grade Point Average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the prestigious one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

What you’ll learn
What you Learn
You will develop the skills, knowledge and intercultural expertise to support individuals, families, groups and communities both locally and internationally in the community aid and humanitarian sector.

You will also develop diverse knowledge in political, behavioural and social sciences, all within the context of human services. To complement your studies in Human Services, you will complete two Arts majors, choosing from Languages (English Language; French, Italian or Japanese Studies); Sociology; or Linguistics.

You could improve your employment prospects by continuing your studies with a one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

At a Glance

Course level NA
CRICOS Code 095899K
Institution Name University of Adelaide
Campus Location Magill
Institution Type University
Course Duration 4 year(s) full-time
Course University University of Adelaide

About University of Adelaide

By every measure, the University of Adelaide—a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities—stands tall among the world’s leading institutions of learning and innovation.The clearest indication of this is our consistently high rating by the most respected international assessment bodies: QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education and Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). All consider us one of the top 1% of universities worldwide, and the top university in our state.


We’re equally proud of the fact that the vast majority of our research is rated ‘above or well above world standard’ by the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research Australia program.We count among our distinguished alumni: five Nobel Laureates; over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous recipient; and Australia’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge. Many of our staff and teachers are internationally recognised leaders in their fields. And we attract a diverse student body of over 27,000 from more than 90 countries.


  • History
    143 years ago the University of Adelaide was founded with a noble goal: to prepare, for South Australia, young leaders shaped by education rather than birth or wealth in a settlement free of old world social and religious inequalities.The University’s first Vice-Chancellor, Dr Augustus Short, had a vision for a university open to investigate new fields such as the sciences, modern literature, art and moral philosophy; This vision was realised in 1882 when the University became the first in Australia to grant degrees in science.The spirit of enquiry was further embraced and the freedom to explore non classical subjects continued. Before reaching the 1900s the University offered degrees in arts, science, law, medicine and music. Additionally mathematics, philosophy, languages and mining engineering were taught. These flagship degrees and disciplines continue at the University today, with the curriculum evolving over time through input from industry, and the pioneering research and discovery for which Adelaide’s academics are known.
  • Governance
    Governance refers to the framework of rules, relationships, systems and processes by which an enterprise is directed, controlled and held to account and whereby authority within an organisation is exercised and maintained. It encompasses authority, accountability, stewardship and leadership, and direction and control exercised in any organisation.The University is governed by its Council which is established by The University of Adelaide Act 1971. The Council has 16 members, is chaired by the Chancellor, and advised by its Standing Committees. The Council consists of external members, staff, students and graduates.
  • Partnerships
    Partnerships that bring together government and businesses, communities, research partners and international boundaries, help to magnify the work of our university.Our broad range of relationships allow us to participate in opportunities impacting communities closest to us and abroad.At the University of Adelaide we look to identify how we can create new partnerships, and develop current ones.We recognise the impact that partnerships have on our development as a leading research institution and in turn, the impact our support can have on communities and organisations.
  • Campuses
    The University has four campuses in South Australia at North Terrace, Waite, Roseworthy and Thebarton.We also offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

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