[Katelin Smith - Bachelor of Social Science] Social science allows people to understand society in a different way than what you're taught in high school.
[Dr Delia Rambaldini-Gooding - Academic Program Director, Social Sciences] I think students choose to study social sciences because they genuinely want to make the world a better place. They're interested in social justice issues and they're interested in the factors that contribute to social disadvantage and inequality, and they're really interested to learn about how they can improve people's health and well-being.
[Katelin] The teachers, they're very professional. They know exactly what they're talking about, they're so passionate about it and they want to see a change as well.
[Delia] I've had a lot of work experience in third sector organizations, working in policy and research areas, so I've really tried to bring those experiences into my research and teaching.
[Katelin] They have first-hand experience on the matters of society. They've worked in various roles; they know what they're talking about.
[Delia] A social science degree really equips students to become the change-makers of tomorrow, by developing skills that are transferable to lots of different career opportunities in government organisations, private organisations and in third sector community organisations.
[Katelin] I'm really looking forward to our placement next semester. It's going to allow me to put all the skills and knowledge that I've learnt in the last two years into practice.
[Delia] So in a social science degree we've really worked hard to embed work-integrated learning throughout the subjects; from the very foundational subjects in first year, right through to third year subjects where students get an opportunity to do a work placement.
[Katelin] It's allowed me to broaden my horizons and my knowledge and also kind of what i believe in as well.
[Delia] That work placement gives them the opportunity to put into practice all of the skills and knowledge that they have learned throughout their degree, and it also gives them the opportunity to see how those skills that they have learned at university are transferable to the workplace. So embedding work-integrated learning from the beginning right through the degree really helps students develop those work ready skills.