Course summary

The Bachelor of Social Welfare provides the theoretical and practical foundation for work in the human services industry. During their studies, students gain skills in case management, community development, counselling, social research, policy work, advocacy, and grief and loss counselling. Particular emphasis is placed on social justice and human rights as the basis for social welfare practice.

The course articulates with a range of VET awards. It can also provide a pathway to the University’s Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).

The Bachelor of Social Welfare provides the theoretical and practical foundation for work in the human services industry. During their studies, students gain skills in case management, community development, counselling, social research, policy work, advocacy, and grief and loss counselling. Particular emphasis is placed on social justice and human rights as the basis for social welfare practice.

The course articulates with a range of VET awards. It can also provide a pathway to the University’s Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).

Majors available are:

Ageing enables social welfare students to gain knowledge and skills for effective practice with older people in a range of organisational settings. An emphasis is placed on opportunities for practitioners to facilitate healthy ageing and to support older people’s independence living in the community. Topics include advocacy, social planning, healthy ageing, aged care services, volunteering, and legal issues impacting on older people.

Children and Young People provides students with a comprehensive introduction to social welfare practice with children and young people in a range of organisational settings including government and non-government agencies. Students explore the latest research to understand the ways in which children and young people are conceptualised and identified for human service practice. Topics include advocacy, social planning, youth work, engaging with children, children’s rights, and supporting young people’s emotional and social wellbeing.

Health and Disability examines health and wellbeing as they impact on people and their life opportunities, as well as issues for social welfare workers negotiating the health and disability care systems. Topics include advocacy, social planning, the sociology of health and illness, working with people with disabilities living in the community, complementary medicine, and the mental health of Australian Indigenous people.

Indigenous Studies assists students to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous world views and history, as well as identifying culturally appropriate ways of working with Indigenous communities. Students gain an appreciation of the origins and effects of trauma across generations and within particular communities. Studies include advocacy, social planning, and healing responses to trauma as experienced by Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Please note that some units in this course are only available to study by distance education.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Understand the social, cultural, economic and political contexts of social welfare practice and the implications of these for working with clients, workers and community services.

Creativity

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate programs, projects and other activities with clients, which may include individuals, families, groups or communities.

Ethical practice

Practise social welfare in an ethical manner, in accordance with the values and ethics of the profession.

Knowledge of a discipline

Use one’s own skills and knowledge appropriately and reflectively with clients, colleagues, employers and the wider community.

Lifelong learning

Become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.

Communication and social skills

Communicate with a broad spectrum of people and organisations using appropriate techniques and media organisations.

Plan, organise and carry out work autonomously and as part of a team.

Cultural competence

Communicate constructively in a manner that is respectful of the diverse cultures in which we work and live.

In line with ACWA requirements, students undertake 400 hours of supervised on-the-job training. This is completed in two separate organisations in different fields of practice so that students gain a diversity of experience.

Placements may include working across a variety of client groups, such as older people, or young people and families at the individual, group, organisational or community level of practice. The social welfare settings such as child protection, drugs and alcohol, criminal justice, community education, housing, emergency relief, family interventions and domestic violence.

The course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). Graduates are eligible to join ACWA.


Course overview

Course code

3007268

Course abbreviation

BSocWelf

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 331162 051361
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast Session 1 $17,920 ($2,240 per unit) 082681B

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Social Welfare degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. all units listed in Part B; and
    3. one (1) major from Part C; or
    4. all units listed in Part D plus four (4) electives chosen from any undergraduate degree offered by the University.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Social Welfare a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising any units listed in Part A, B, C or D listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled for the Bachelor of Social Welfare, has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Social Welfare may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Social Welfare following withdrawal from the Bachelor degree.
  4. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Social Welfare a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units comprising any units from Part A or B listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  5. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor or Social Welfare, has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Social Welfare may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Social Welfare following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory

Part B

CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
CSL10242 - Trauma Informed Practice Intermediate
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
CSL10297 - Issues of Protection Introductory

Part C

Part D

SOY10108 - Advocacy and Change Intermediate
SOC00107 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Intermediate
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Session 2, Year 2
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
Session 1, Year 3
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1
Session 2, Year 3
CSL10242 - Grief, Trauma and Crisis Counselling Intermediate
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Session 1, Year 4
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
Choose either a Part C major or Part D and 4 Electives option
First Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 2, Year 4
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
Second Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 1, Year 5
CSL10297 - Issues of Protection Introductory
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Session 2, Year 5
SOC00107 - Social Planning and Innovation Intermediate
Third Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 1, Session 6
SOY10108 - Advocacy and Change Intermediate
Fourth Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective
Session 2, Year 6
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Session 2, Year 1
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
Session 2, Year 2
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
Session 1, Year 3
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Session 2, Year 3
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1
Session 1, Year 4
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Session 2, Year 4
CSL10242 - Grief, Trauma and Crisis Counselling Intermediate
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Session 1, Year 5
CSL10297 - Issues of Protection Introductory
First Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 2, Year 5
SOC00107 - Social Planning and Innovation Intermediate
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
Session 1, Year 6
SOY10108 - Advocacy and Change Intermediate
Second Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 2, Year 6
Third Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Fourth Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 1, Year 7
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Session 2, Year 2
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1
First University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 2, Year 2
CSL10242 - Grief, Trauma and Crisis Counselling Intermediate
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
Second University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 1, Year 3
CSL10297 - Issues of Protection Introductory
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
SOY10108 - Advocacy and Change Intermediate
Third University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 2, Year 3
SOC00107 - Social Planning and Innovation Intermediate
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1
Fourth University Wide Elective Note 2

Title Level of learning Note
Session 2, Year 1
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Session 2, Year 2
CSL10242 - Grief, Trauma and Crisis Counselling Intermediate
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1
Session 1, Year 3
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
First Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Second Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 2, Year 3
SOC00107 - Social Planning and Innovation Intermediate
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
Third Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Fourth Unit From: Part C Major OR University Wide Elective Note 2
Session 1, Year 4
SOY10108 - Advocacy and Change Intermediate
CSL10297 - Issues of Protection Introductory
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: University Wide Elective is any unit offered within the undergraduate schedule of units. Please check you meet the pre requisite requirements.