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Connect individuals, families and communities with CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare). Delivered by CSU for more than 25 years, this degree boasts a strong reputation and is highly valued by industry and employers.

Taught by industry and research leaders from across Australia, CSU's social welfare course builds your knowledge to become adept and innovative in effecting social action and evolution. A flexible online learning degree to accommodate your professional and personal commitments, this course equips you with the skills required to work in a variety of community settings as well as in government and private industry.

  • Why study this course?

    Progress your diploma and enhance your professional pathways

    CSU's social welfare degree supports graduates of Australian TAFE and Registered Training Organisations offering the two-year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Welfare or similar.

    Graduate industry-ready

    This course is ideal if your employment preferences do not require your eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) upon graduation. The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is recognised throughout Australia. It is also recognised as an approved three-year tertiary qualification for employment purposes by the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services.

    Build a career recognised by Australia's largest employers

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is widely recognised as a base grade qualification to secure employment with a range of human service agencies across Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory governments as well as non-government charities and private service providers.

  • Career opportunities

    With CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) you will be qualified to work in a variety or rewarding roles and settings.

    Opportunity across sectors

    Graduates work professionally in government departments, charities and other non-government agencies within all social service areas. 

    Community services

    Work across a range of community settings as a community development officer or educator, multicultural support officer or crisis counsellor.

    Public service

    Inform and support key services as a child protection worker, disability care worker, juvenile justice officer, youth worker or student counsellor, aged care professional, careers counsellor or family court counsellor.

  • Professional recognition

    CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is recognised throughout Australia, and by the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services as an approved three-year tertiary qualification for employment purposes.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have successfully completed one of the following two-year Diploma courses (or similar) will be eligible for 96 points or 1.5 years full-time equivalent credit (Recognition of Prior Learning) towards the Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare):

    • 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

    WorkNote:  Some Diploma courses are not 2 years full-time equivalent – please check with the Course Director as to acceptability.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) course consists of subjects in the following areas comprising:

    HCS102 Communication and Human Services
    HCS103 Fields of Practice
    PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology or PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
    HCS204 Research Methods
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    PHL101 Applied Ethics
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    WEL418 Case Management
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    HSS300 Professional Development
    1 Elective

    Electives

    HCS205 Child Abuse and Child Protection
    HCS310 Mental Health Practice
    HCS321 Welfare Practice with Children, Young People and their Carers
    LES110 Foundations of Leisure Activity
    LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issues
    WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviours
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    WEL228 Disabilty Issues for Families
    WEL229 Alcohol, other Drugs and Gambling
    WEL409 Grief and Loss
    OR
    elective as agreed by the Course Director

    Enrolment pattern

    Social Welfare

    Part time Distance Education

    SESSION 1 INTAKE

    Year 1 - Session 1
    HCS102 Communication and Human Services
    PHL 101 Applied Ethics

    Year 1 - Session 2
    HCS103 Fields of Practices
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS204 Research Methods
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 2 - Session 2
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology or PSY216 Psychology of Aging

    Year 3 - Session 1
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    HSS300 Professional Development

    Year 3 - Session 2
    WEL418 Case Management
    Elective subject

    SESSION 2 INTAKE

    Year 1 - Session 2
    HCS103 Fields of Practices
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

    Year 2 - Session 1
    PHL 101 Applied Ethics
    HCS102 Communication and Human Services

    Year 2 - Session 2
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology or PSY216 Psychology of Aging

    Year 3 - Session 1
    HCS204 Research Methods
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 3 - Session 2
    WEL418 Case Management
    Elective subject

    Year 4 - Session 1
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    HSS300 Professional Development

    Fulltime Enrolment Pattern

    SESSION 1 INTAKE

    Year 1 - Session 1
    HCS102 Communication & Human Services
    PHL101 Applied Ethics
    HCS204 Research Methods
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 1 - Session 2
    HCS103 Fields of Practices
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology or PSY216 Psychology of Ageing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    HSS300 Professional Development
    WEL418 Case Management
    Elective subject

    SESSION 2 INTAKE

    Year 1 - Session 2
    HCS103 Fields of Practices
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
    PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology or PSY216 Psychology of Ageing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS102 Communication & Human Services
    PHL101 Applied Ethics
    HCS204 Research Methods
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 2 - Session 2
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    HSS300 Professional Development
    WEL418 Case Management
    Elective subject

  • Admission information

    To be admitted into the course, prospective students need to indicate their likelihood of success through successful completion of a two-year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Welfare or similar.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Please note: to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) by distance education via 'how to apply', select Bachelor of Social Science (with specialisations) at Wagga Wagga Campus, admission code EAWQ.

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAWQ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNEAWQ

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • About the School

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Studylink subjects for this course:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS013 -  Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Academic expectations

    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.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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