LANG 0056 Advanced Communication for Social Science (WSTC Prep)

Credit Points 10

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Description Communication underpins all aspects of Social Science interaction. This subject is designed for Social Science students to gain tertiary level Academic communication skills which can be transferred across subjects through student-centred active learning techniques and strategies. The subject further develops foundational skills students possess and introduces the concept and application of critical analysis. The use of authentic genres and writing techniques common in academic writing in the field of Social Science leads to the improvement of critical literacy skills related to spoken and written genres.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject


Must be enrolled in The College in the programs listed:

  • 6023 Diploma in Social Science/Bachelor of Social Science
  • 6027 Diploma in Social Science/Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies
  • 6047 Diploma in Social Science/Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management
  • 7050 Diploma in Social Science (exit only)
  • 7156 Diploma in Social Science Extended - Humanitarian and Development Studies
  • 7157 Diploma in Social Science Extended - Social Science
  • 7186 Diploma in Social Science Extended – Tourism and Event Management

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to: 

  1. Critically read, summarise, analyse and synthesise ideas from academic texts in Social Science.
  2. Communicate clearly using advanced features of academic writing.
  3. Integrate evidence into texts to support ideas and follow Social Scientific referencing conventions.
  4. Communicate orally in formal contexts using effective presentation techniques. 

Subject Content

  1. Academic communication in the fields of Social Science
  2. Academic writing skills: developing and applying features of academic and professional language
  3. Academic reading skills: identifying, highlighting and applying key ideas, arguments and evidence
  4. Academic Integrity: the importance and application of referencing, citation and paraphrasing
  5. Academic writing skills: summarising, paraphrasing, critiquing and synthesizing
  6. Academic writing skills: the essay writing process including the achievement of coherence and cohesion
  7. Critical thinking and reflection for academic work within the Social Science field
  8. Oral Presentation skills: language and presentation techniques to engage audiences in the social sciences


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Literature Review Part A: 200 words (10%); Part B: 750 words (30%) 40 N Individual
Essay 1,000 words 35 N Individual
Presentation 6 minutes 25 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Term 2 (2023)

Bankstown City


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