CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) equips graduates with the skills required to work in a variety of community social services.
Applicants to this course are required to be graduates of Australian TAFE and Registered Training Organisations offering the two-year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Welfare or similar, developed under the CHC08 Community Services Training Package approved in 2009, and the superseded CHC02 Community Services Training Package V3.
These courses include:
Completion of the Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) provides a pathway to the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) for those students wishing to gain membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
CSU's 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 ideal for students whose employment preferences do not require their eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) upon graduation. For those students who wish to gain a recognised social work qualification, the course provides all the pre-requisite studies necessary for entry to the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).
The course is taught by academic staff in social work and human services and the foundation disciplines of psychology, sociology, as well as practitioners with a wide range of industry experience who are field education supervisors.
Applicants can request credit for studies undertaken elsewhere, providing these studies have currency and are evidenced by a certified university or TAFE transcript.
Students of the TAFE pathway are granted the maximum credit of 12 x 8 point subjects. The abridged course of study comprises 12 x 8 point subjects, all in distance education mode with no residential school or professional field education requirement. The prescribed subjects include psychology, ethics, sociology, social policy and indigenous studies as well as electives choice. Please see the enrolment pattern for details of subjects to be studied.
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.
Session 1; Session 2
3 years part-time by distance education
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