This Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) online course provides industry-recognised training in community services and social work.
The course has been specially designed for graduates of Australian TAFEs and other RTOs who have completed a two-year full-time (or equivalent) diploma under the CHC08 Community Services Training Package approved in 2009, and the superseded CHC02 Community Services Training Package V3.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
This course is ideal for those students who wish to meet the base grade qualification for employment within the human services sector, but who do not desire membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASA).
Applicants must demonstrate their likelihood of success through successful completion of a two-year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Welfare or similar. Other attainments or experience may be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Residential school component
Students studying by distance may be required to attend a residential school component for some subjects at the CSU Wagga Wagga campus.
Areas of study
In this Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) course, the subjects you will study include:
These core subjects:
Communication and human services
Child and adolescent psychology
Foundations in social policy
Psychology of ageing
Developing cross-cultural competencies
Restricted electives (choose one):
Gerontology theory and research
Ageing and professional practice
Child abuse and child protection
Drugs and alcohol: historical perspective
Foundations in criminology
Crime delinquency and social welfare
Juvenile justice 1 – context
Juvenile justice 2 – practice
Law for the human services 2
Introduction to leisure and health
Foundation of leisure activity
Leisure programming and diverse populations
Community leisure and health issues
Leisure and social relations
Gender, family and society
Sociology of health and health care
Fame and social control
Policy, power and social action
Rurality in a globalised world
Environment and society
Immigration and settlement policy
Drugs, alcohol and gambling 1
Drugs, alcohol and gambling 2
Social dimensions of disability
Disability issues for families
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CSU believe that learning is about more than just a degree.
With the knowledge and training obtained from completing this degree, you will be qualified for a range of social services roles in government departments, advocacy and charity groups and private agencies.
Prospective fields of practice include child and adolescent welfare, family support, aged and disability care, labour market and retraining programs, community and mental health services, migrant support, neighbourhood and local government services, drug, alcohol and gambling rehabilitation and youth justice programs.
How else will I benefit from this bachelor’s degree?
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) from Charles Sturt University.
Studying online/by correspondence means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
CSU ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 87% of all CSU graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree.
CSU courses are developed with the utmost flexibility so students can complete their course around other commitments. You can choose to study just one subject per session or, with approval, fast-track the completion of your degree.
Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
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If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance.
CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.
You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.