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Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare

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Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare

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CSU's Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare course provides a professional program in child and adolescent welfare that meets the needs of both government and non-government sectors.

  • Why study this course?

    This course is designed to meet the requirements of people working or proposing to work in the child and adolescent welfare field who are graduates but do not have a specific qualification in this area.

  • Credit and pathways

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

    More about Credit

    Students may, upon application, be awarded credit for equivalent subjects completed at a master level up to a maximum of six subjects. Within this standard CSU credit limit of 50% credit in a master degree, students with experience in the field can gain credit for prior learning to a maximum of one subject. Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate  of Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare) will be admitted to the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare but without credit. The Graduate Certificate and substantial experience shall allow for admission to the Masters degree.

  • 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

    Core Subjects:

    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    LAW401 Legal Issue in Child and Adolescent Welfare

    The Strands:

    1. The Practice Strand

    WEL418 Case Management
    WEL423 Counselling Theory and Practice
    HCS505 Social Work Professional Field Education 1 (16)
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    and
    1 restricted elective

    2. The Coursework Strand

    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16) 
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis and Planning (16)
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16)

    3. The Research/Dissertation Strand

    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16)
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16)  
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management
    and 
    1 restricted Elective

    Restricted Electives

    EED441 Constructions of Adolescence and their Educational Implications
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
    PHL502 Law Ethics and Human Rights
    SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
    SSC503 Rural Populations and Places
    SWK414 International Social Development
    WEL418 Case Management
    WEL420 Working in Child Protection
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Practice Strand

    Year 1
    Session 1 (30)

    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare

    Session 2 (60)
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504  Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)

    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16)  

    Session 2 (60)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3
    Session 1 (30)
    WEL423 Counselling Theory and Practice
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1

    Session 2 (60) 
    Elective
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (continued)

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1
    Session 1 (30)

    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare

    Session 2 (60)
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)

    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16) 

    Session 2 (60)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3
    Session 1 (30)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)

    Session 2 (60)
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16)

    Research/Dissertation Strand
    Year 1
    Session 1 (30)
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare

    Session 2 (60)
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2
    Session 1 (30)
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16)  

    Year 2
    Session 2 (60)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3
    Session 1 (30)

    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16) (start)

    Session 2 (60)
    Restricted Elective 2
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16) (finish)

  • Residential schools

    The following subject may have a residential school component:

    WEL423 Core counselling skills for human service roles

  • Admission information

    Applicants should hold a relevant degree  from a university or college or the Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare) and substantial experience, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOAMY
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAMC

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: 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 96 points including the four core subjects.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website. 
  • 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.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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