Bachelor of Arts (Major: Social Justice)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The Social Justice Major and Minor draw upon politics and international relations, sociology, behavioural science, peace and conflict studies, and development and environmental studies to prepare you for a variety of challenging but rewarding careers.

  • Why study this major?

    Social justice provides a lens through which to see the world. Studying social justice will provide you with an understanding of how society operates to sometimes exclude and oppress, and sometimes to support and enable its members. This understanding is critical if you want to influence, inspire and facilitate positive change.  You will develop a critical understanding of key concepts of social justice, including the concept of universal human rights. This Major links social theory with strategies for social action and change.

    No matter what area of work you are in, or you are planning to be in, studying social justice will open your eyes to ways to make a more just, equitable and sustainable world that values the dignity of all people.

    For this reason the Social Justice Major or Minor is frequently taken by students completing double degrees such Law/Arts, Education/Arts, and Commerce/Arts.

    Students studying a degree in Communications and Media often combine a Major in Journalism with a Major or Minor in Social Justice.

    Students studying a Major in Politics and International Relations routinely combine this Major with a Major or Minor in Social Justice to help them make sense of the world and to see alternative ways to function as people sharing the planet.

    Amongst our graduates are government policy writers, development workers, CEOs of non-government organisations, activists, support workers, as well as lawyers, teachers, journalists and business owners who operate in their professions with a commitment to social justice.  So, no matter where you are headed in your chosen career, social justice gives you the skills, knowledge and awareness to do so with active compassion.

    Social Justice is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

  • Structure of Social Justice Major in the Bachelor of Arts

    To complete a Bachelor of Arts with a Social Justice Major, you will study 24 courses, eight of which will form the Major. Normally you will take at least one course from your Major in each semester. Most Majors build sequentially in content, theme and skills and work towards the acquisition of advanced skills and knowledge by the completion of your third year of study.

    You may also choose to use eight elective courses to study a Second Major in another discipline or six elective courses to study a Minor in another discipline. Then you’ll have four or six more electives that you can select from any courses in the School of Arts & Sciences, providing you meet the pre-requisites that may apply.

    Plus the Core Curriculum and compulsory Academic Writing courses – that makes 24 courses.

    The Social Justice Major includes these requirements:

    Students are required to complete 8 courses of 25 units of credit (200 units of credit), as follows.

    TWO (2) required courses:

    • SOJS1000 Introduction to Social Justice
    • SOJS2120 Living Human Rights

    Plus at least ONE (1) of these courses:

    • SOJS3210 Designing Practical Approaches to Social Justice
    • SOJS3008 Social Justice Internship* (substitute ARTS3002 Internship or Professional Practice in 2021)
    • SOJS3170 Social Justice, Service Learning and Community Engagement*
      SOJS3220 Service Learning International*

    *These courses are not currently on offer due to COVID19 restrictions.

    Plus any of the following courses to a total of EIGHT (8) courses:

    • SOJS3000 Global Development and Justice
    • SOJS3130 Human and Environmental Security
    • SOJS3160 Peace and Conflict Studies
    • BESC2240 Discourse, Power and Politics
    • BESC2250 Culture and Society
    • ENGL3820 Freedom from Oppression: Literature that Changed the World
    • PHIL3410 Political Philosophy

    Students may complete a MAXIMUM of TWO (2) of these courses:

    • ABOR1000 Aboriginal People
    • ABOR2000 The Cultural and Spiritual Life of Aboriginal People
    • ABOR3030 Aboriginal People in Contemporary Australian Society
    • ABOR3040 Aboriginal People and the Media
    • ABOR3310 Aboriginal People and the Legal System

    Other courses on approval of the Dean, and if available, to a maximum of 50 units of credit:

    • ARTS3010 Experience the World I
    • ARTS3020 Experience the World II
    • ARTS3030 Experience the World Study Tour (50 units of credit)

    Details of the program requirements for the Bachelor of Arts are contained in the  Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the Major, Second Major and Minor requirements.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

    Service-learning: Service-learning through our Social Justice area combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Placements for some courses are in the local community and there is also the opportunity to take the international version of this course and travel to locations such as Cambodia.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    The transferable skills from this Major are sought after by many employers. Career opportunities include: youth justice case manager, community engagement officer, not-for-profit campaign organiser, program manager for community-based not-for-profit organisations, social research officer, human rights worker, and aid worker/humanitarian worker.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Social Justice), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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