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Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (normally equal to 24 subjects).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

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

This 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Community Welfare or similar, developed under the CHC08 Community Services Training Package approved in 2009, and the superseded CHC02 Community Services Training Package V3.

These courses include:

  • 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

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).

Your course is recognised by industry

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).

Professionals teaching you

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.

Credit

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 16 x 8 point subjects. The abridged course of study comprises 8 x 8 point subjects, all in distance education mode with no residential school or professional field education requirement. The prescribed subjects include psychology, sociology, social policy and research methods, as well as an elective choice.

If you are entering the course with a recognised diploma, you will have received credit for most of the subjects listed under the course structure. Please see the enrolment pattern for details of subjects to be studied.

Career opportunities

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.

Course structure

The course consists of subjects in the following areas comprising:

HCS102 Communication and Human Services
PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology
SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
HCS204 Research Methods
WEL218 Developing Cross Cultural Competencies
SOC308 Community Analysis
Elective

Restricted Electives

GER102 Gerontology Theory & Research
GER204 Aging & Professional Practice
HCS205 Child Abuse & Child Protection
HST310 Drugs & Alcohol: Historical Perspective
JST104 Foundations in Criminology
JST204 Crime Delinquency & Soc Welfare
JST212 Juvenile Justice 1 - Context
JST215 Juvenile Justice 2 - Practice
LAW221 Law for the Human Services 2
LES101 Introduction to Leisure & Health
LES110 Foundation of Leisure Activity
LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issue
LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
POL205 Political Ideas
SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
SOC108 Sociology of Health & Health Care
SOC217 Fame and Social Control
SOC218 Policy Power & Social Action
SOC226 Rurality in a Globalised World
SOC302 Environment and Society
SOC315 Immigration & Settlement Policy
WEL116 Drugs, Alcohol & Gambling 1
WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol & Gambling Studies 2
WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
WEL228 Disability Issues for Families

Enrolment pattern

Part time Distance Education

Year 1

Session 1

HCS102 Communication and Human Services
PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology

Session 2

PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
SOC308 Community Analysis

Year 2

Session 1

HCS204 Research Methods
WEL218 Developing Cross Cultural Competencies

Session 2

SPE211 Foundations of Social Policy
Restricted elective

Fulltime Enrolment Pattern

Session 1

HCS102 Communication and Human Services
PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology
HCS204 Research Methods
WEL218 Developing Cross Cultural Competencies

Session 2

PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
SOC308 Community Analysis
SPE211 Foundations of Social Policy
Restricted elective

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.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

2 years part-time by distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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