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Bachelor of Social Science

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    Online
    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Location:

    WA

  • Career Outcomes:

    Community Worker | Community Development Officer | Policy Officer | Project Officer | View all

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About this course

If you're ready to embark on a challenging, rewarding and meaningful career in the community/public service sector, studying a Bachelor of Social Science at Edith Cowan University is a fantastic place to start.

This course will help you broaden your understanding of the way people, communities and societies function. You'll develop a wide knowledge base and a range of skills to prepare you for important roles and exciting careers within the community. You'll specialise in a particular area through a choice of three majors: Children and Family Studies, Community Work and Human Services, and will complete a professional placement unit to give you vital hands-on experience.

Offered both online and on-campus at ECU Joondalup, this course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association. After just three years of full-time study (or six years part-time), you'll graduate ready to take the first steps on a fulfilling career path and really make a difference to society.

Eligibility

To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Demonstrate English language competency; AND
  • Studied a higher education course since leaving secondary education; OR
  • Studied at a university or through a non-university higher education provider; OR
  • Completed a bridging or enabling course delivered by or on behalf of a higher education provider; OR
  • Have an ATAR that meets the minimum requirements; OR
  • Completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Certificate IV course.

Areas of study

In this social science course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units

  • Psychology for Social Work
  • Professional Placement

Children and Family Studies major

  • Ecology of Children and Families 1
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Introduction to Community Work
  • Ecology of Children and Families 2
  • Working with Infants and Toddlers
  • Introduction to Social Analysis
  • Purpose of Play
  • Child Rearing
  • Vulnerable People and Communities
  • Culture, Equity and Diversity
  • Leadership and Management in Community Services
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Children and Family Studies Professional Placement
  • Social Policy
  • Community Development
  • Designing Family Support Programmes
  • Social Research and Program Evaluation

Community Work major

  • Introduction to Community Work
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Working with Groups
  • Introduction to Social Analysis
  • Community Development
  • Vulnerable People and Communities
  • Gender Issues: Terms and Debates
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Leadership and Management in Community Services
  • Culture, Equity and Diversity
  • Social Policy
  • Social Research and Program Evaluation

Human Services major

  • Ecology of Children and Families 1
  • Introduction to Community Work
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Youth Issues
  • Ecology of Children and Families 2
  • Introduction to Social Analysis
  • Working with Groups
  • Child Rearing
  • Vulnerable People and Communities
  • Aboriginal Histories of the Present
  • Social Policy
  • Culture, Equity and Diversity
  • Leadership and Management in Community Services
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Social Research and Program Evaluation
  • Organisational Contexts
  • Social Work and Mental Health
  • Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Advanced Interpersonal Skills
  • Field Placement 1
  • Social Work Theory and Practice 2: A Focus on Theories
Edith Cowan University Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!
Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Social Science from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates are prepared to work in a range of positions within the community/public service industry, including those specialising in family support, early education and care, community work and community development.

This qualification is accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

Curious about where a career in social work could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Students can pay for this course, in full upfront. Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!

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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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