Bachelor of Arts (Major: Social Justice)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Social Justice is a unique and exciting program designed for those who are passionate about social justice, want to learn more about social inequalities and contribute to meaningful change. One of the only of its kind internationally, the undergraduate social justice program integrates insights from a range of disciplines towards a targeted study of issues of equality and justice, offering a combination of academic and experiential learning opportunities.

  • Why study this degree?

    Are you passionate about social issues, human rights and the value of the human person? Do you believe in the importance social justice and equality? Our Social Justice Major at The University of Notre Dame Australia draws together insights from several disciplines, such as sociology, conflict studies, psychology and politics to analyse and consider ways of addressing a range of social issues.

    Based on the principles of human dignity, solidarity, and equality, the program explores a range of contemporary social justice problems in relation to each of these areas.

    Students learn about human rights and important contemporary debates in the field of social justice, and explore specialist subjects such as peace and conflict, global development, ableism and disability, social movements and genocide. Students will also engage in advanced applied learning through courses on social movements and campaigns, and opportunities to undertake an internship or participate in our Experience the World program. The program helps develop skills in effective writing and communicating, ethical engagement, and critical and reflective thinking.

    Graduates of this Social Justice program can choose to work as researchers, social advocates, practitioners and educators with government agencies, international charities, non-government organisations (NGOs), development agencies, lobby groups and many other bodies.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • CORE1001 Logos I
    • CORE1002 Logos II
    • CORE1003 Logos III

    Compulsory courses

    • SOCI1000 Self and Society
    • SOJS1000 Introduction to Social Justice
    • SOJS1120 Living Human Rights
    • SOJS3150 Inside the Politics of Global Development

    Plus FIVE (5) courses to be chosen from the following:

    • ABOR1000 Aboriginal People OR SOCI1020 Social Problems and Solutions
    • SOJS3160 Peace and Conflict Studies
    • SOJS3170 Social Justice, Service-Learning and Community Engagement
    • POLI3012 The Politics and History of Genocide
    • SOCI3000 Ableism, (Dis) ability and Society
    • THEO2020 Catholic Social Thought: An Introduction
    • ENGL3820 Freedom from Oppression: Literature that Changed the World
    • SOJS2000 Understanding Social Change
    • SOJS3200 Activating Social Change
    • SOJS2040 Social Justice and the Natural World
    • SOJS3008 Social Justice Internship

    Plus 12 electives which may form another Major or Minor (undertaken during Years One, Two and/or Three).

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    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.

  • 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

    • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 2 successfully completed subjects; or
    • 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 with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

    • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
    • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
    • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
  • Fees

    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.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • 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 opportunties

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Research
    • Social advocacy
    • Education
    • Welfare
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Social Justice), please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or  email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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