The course material is organised around understanding society and its institutions.

This is a practical, forward looking and flexible degree program that looks at how societies function, and tries to find answers to compelling questions about the modern world. It has many topics come under its umbrella, but is primarily focused on firstly looking at those factors that influence the modern world, and secondly trying to find ways to improve things and change communities for the better.

The course encourages you to ask questions and challenge assumptions, making it an ideal subject for people who have inquisitive minds and who like to think outside the box. You will be taught to look at things in a different way and to think of solutions that are unorthodox but relevant to a society that is increasingly complex and technologically-based. Although you will not be training for a specific career, many prospective employers will be impressed with a social science degree.

Online social science degree overview

Online courses can help students overcome barriers that exist for some people who want to access higher education. They can study whilst they are at work, home or on the move. Anyone who enrolls on one will have an opportunity to join a flourishing and diverse community of online students who will all be supported by a wide range of electronic resources. Assessment can include online reports, self-evaluation exercises, multiple choice and written examinations, data analysis exercises and portfolios of work. Study material can be accessed remotely and you can draw on vast online resources like the Internet library.

Teaching can be done through online lectures, tutorials and activities, along with highly interactive virtual classes. One to one online communication with tutors can be conducted via telephone, live online chat or email. Students are supported by an efficient individual feedback system, which helps them understand their current performance and shows them how they can improve it.

Typical modules and subjects that can be taught on a distance learning social science course

  • Anthropology
  • Behavioural Sciences
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Globalisation
  • Human Development
  • Human Behaviour
  • Human Rights
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Policy and Governance
  • Political Sciences
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Racism in Society
  • Social Work
  • Social Conflict
  • Sociology
  • Social Justice
  • Social Security
  • Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social Theory
  • The Individual and Society
  • Understanding Criminal Justice
  • Welfare Studies
  • Youth Justice

Students will learn how to

  • Identify opportunities for social change.
  • Write up reasoned arguments to back up your points of view.
  • Understand current social problems and issues.
  • Work on projects as part of a team.

Students will learn about

  • How people communicate with each other.
  • How the citizens of a country are governed.
  • Policy making processes.
  • Social research methods.
  • How different social groups in society relate to each other.
  • The impact of government programs on the lives of people.

Career prospects and roles for social science graduates
There are plenty of exciting and rewarding career opportunities for graduates. There are a broad range of jobs to choose form in areas such as;

  • Advocacy groups
  • Aged care
  • Community care
  • Counselling
  • Healthcare
  • International aid organisations
  • Law enforcement
  • Lobbying organisations
  • Mental health and community service
  • Public service

About this page
This is a resource page that will give you useful information about what you can expect to learn on an accredited online social science degree course. It also lists links to a selection of popular and relevant online degrees that are run by established US universities. We have focused on North America because at present most English language online courses are run by academic institutions based in the United States of America. Through the links on this page you will find out about the:
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