Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare)

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Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare)

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CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) equips graduates with the skills required to work in a variety of community social services.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) equips graduates with the skills required to work in a variety of community social services. The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is widely recognised as a base grade qualification for employment with many human service providing agencies within Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory governments as well as non-government charities and private service providers. The course is primarily intended for those graduates of Australian TAFE and Registered Training Organisations offering the two-year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Welfare or similar. The course is ideal for students whose employment preferences do not require their eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) upon graduation.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) degree is recognised throughout Australia, and by the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services as an approved three-year tertiary qualification for employment purposes.  It is envisaged that the specialisation of gerontology could also gain recognition for employment in the sector where a focus on aged care work is required.


  • Career opportunities

    Social welfare graduates work at the interface between people and their environments, focusing on experiences of individuals, families, groups and communities. Graduates work professionally in government departments, charities and other non-government agencies within all social service areas. They can be found in positions that involve coordinating or managing social service delivery, developing and implementing policies and programs, developing local community social plans, working with self help or support groups, and conducting social casework with individuals and families.

    Fields of practice include:

    • child and adolescent welfare and family support
    • community care of people who are ageing or who have a disability
    • labour market and retraining programs
    • supported accommodation
    • community and mental health services
    • migrant support
    • neighbourhood and local government services
    • drug, alcohol and gambling rehabilitation
    • youth justice and other justice programs.
  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students who have successfully completed one of the following two-year Diploma courses (or similar) will be eligible for  96 points or 1.5 years full-time equivalent credit (Recognition of Prior Learning) towards the Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare):
    • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
    • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health)
    • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
    • Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
    • Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health)
    • Diploma of Community Services Work
    • Diploma of Community Development
    • Diploma of Counselling
    • Diploma of Disability
    • Diploma of Youth Work

    Note:  Some Diploma courses are not 2 years full-time equivalent – please check with the Course Director as to acceptability.
  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) course consists of subjects in the following areas comprising:

    HCS102 Communication and Human Services
    HCS103 Fields of Practice
    PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology or PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
    HCS204 Research Methods
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    PHL101 Applied Ethics
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    WEL418 Case Management
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    2 Electives

    Electives

    WEL229 Drugs,  Alcohol and Gambling 2
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    WEL409 Grief and Loss
    JST215 Juvenile Justice in Practice
    HCS205 Child Abuse and Child Protection
    OR
    elective as agreed by the Course Director

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology) course consists of subjects in the following areas comprising:

    HCS102 Communication and Human Services
    PHL101 Applied Ethics
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy

    Plus the following specialisaton subjects:

    GER102 Gerontology Theory and Research
    GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
    WEL206 Facilitating Positive behaviours
    WEL409 Grief and Loss
    LES302 Leisure and Social Relations or elective as agreed by Course Director
    PSY216 Psychology of Ageing  (Common to existing Social Welfare Strand as a restricted elective choice)
    WEL418 Case Management (Common to existing Social Welfare Strand)

    Electives

    WEL229 Drugs,  Alcohol and Gambling 2
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    WEL 228 Disability Issues for Families
    LES 102  Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
    LES 110 Foundations of leisure activity
    LES 202 Community Leisure and Health Issues
    HCS 321 Child Welfare Practice
    HCS 310 Mental Health Practice

    OR
    elective as agreed by the Course Director

    Enrolment pattern

    Social Welfare

    Part time Distance Education

    Year 1

    Session 1 (30)

    HCS102 Communication and Human Services
    PHL 101 Applied Ethics

    Session 2 (60)

    HCS103 Fields of Practices
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

    Year 2

    Session 1 (30)

    HCS204 Research Methods
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 2 (60)

    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology or PSY216  Psychology of Aging

    Year 3

    Session 1 (30)

    SOC308 Community Analysis
    WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
    or
    WEL409 Grief and Loss
    OR
    elective as agreed by the Course Director

    Session 2 (60)

    WEL418 Case Management
    WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
    or
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    or
    JST 215 Juvenile Justice in Practice
    or
    HCS205 Child Abuse and Child Protection
    or
    elective as agreed by the Course Director

    Fulltime Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1 (30)

    HCS102 Communication & Human Services
    PHL101 Applied Ethics
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    HCS204 Research Methods

    Session 2 (60)

    HCS103 Fields of Practices
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    WEL418 Case Management
    PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology or PSY216  Psychology of Aging

    Year 2

    Session 1 (30)

    SOC308 Community Analysis
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
    or
    WEL409 Grief and Loss
    JST104 Foundations in Criminology
    or
    JST108 Justice Studies Theories and Practice
    or
    JST212 Juvenile Justice in Context
    or
    GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
    or
    elective as agreed by the Course Director

    Gerontology

    Part time Distance Education

    Year 1

    Session 1 (30)

    HCS102 Communication and Human Services
    PHL101 Applied Ethics

    Session 2 (60)

    GER102 Gerontology Theory and Research
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

    Year 2

    Session 1 (30)

    WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviours
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 2 (60)

    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    PSY216  Psychology of Aging

    Year 3

    Session 1 (30)

    GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
    WEL409 Grief and Loss

    Session 2 (60)

    WEL418 Case Management
    LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
    or
    elective as agreed by the Course Director

    Fulltime Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1 (30)

    HCS102 Communication & Human Services
    PHL101 Applied Ethics
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviours

    Session 2 (60)

    GER102 Gerontology Theory and Research
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    PSY216  Psychology of Aging

    Year 2

    Session 1 (30)

    GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
    WEL409 Grief and Loss
    WEL418 Case Management
    LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
    or
    elective as agreed by the Course Director


     

  • Admission information

    1. Students who have completed a relevant TAFE/RTO Diploma (either specialisation)
    2. Students transferring from the CSU Bachelor of Social Work  (Social Welfare specialisation only)

    To be admitted into the course, prospective students need to indicate their likelihood of success through successful completion of a two year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Welfare or similar, developed under the 2009 CHCO8 Community Services Training Package or the superseded CHC02 Community Services Training Package V3, and offered by Australian universities, TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2015 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6144*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2650*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNEAWQ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAWQ

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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