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Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC)

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a social catalyst. We bring about change through high quality and high impact research and teaching, facilitating public debate on major social issues and through deep engagement with our communities. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Our students learn about human behaviour, the way we interact with our environments, our institutions and with each other.
  • The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranked employers’ overall satisfaction with UOW graduates at 89.6%.
  • UOW ranked among the top 200 universities in the world for Sociology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



The Faculty of Social Sciences is a community of academics, students and professional staff who are all dedicated to making a difference through high-quality teaching and learning, research and public debate. Our partnerships, community engagement and advocacy are integral to what we do.


Our schools offer degrees and courses that are informed by the latest research and are relevant to contemporary practice.


The vision for our research is to help individuals and communities live meaningful, healthy, secure and sustainable lives. We are leaders in discovery and learning, working to transform the world we live in. We look at challenges, solutions, and promote interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability. We focus on the needs of the community and empower people to achieve their goals.


Social Sciences can open doors to a range of careers in management, policy development, education, environment, human resources, and politics. You will also have employment opportunities in health, human services, governmental and community agencies.

  • Community Planning and Development
  • Environmental Officer
  • Federal and International Policy
  • Health Care Management and Policy
  • Local and International Community Development
  • Local Government
  • Market Research
  • Policy Analysis And Evaluation
  • Social Planning and Social Impact Assessment

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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