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Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare

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Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare

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CSU's Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare course provides a professional program in child and adolescent welfare that meets the needs of both government and non-government sectors.

  • Why study this course?

    This course is designed to meet the requirements of people working or proposing to work in the child and adolescent welfare field who are graduates but do not have a specific qualification in this area.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Completion (within the last 10 years) of subjects at Postgraduate Degree level, or equivalent, at a recognised tertiary institution may be eligible for credit points. Students can get up to a maximum of six (6) subjects or 48 points awarded towards this degree. Students with experience in the field can gain credits for prior learning to a maximum of one (1) subject, excluding students who are enrolled in the Practice Strand. Applicants that have completed the Graduate Certificate in Human Services and Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare) and have substantial relevant work experience (equivalent to 5 years full time) are eligible for admission into the Masters Degree.

  • 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

    To graduate with the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare students must complete 96 points, consisting of 4 core subjects (32 points) and strand-specific core subjects (plus in some cases, a restricted elective) to the value of 64 points from either the Practice, Coursework or Research/Dissertation strand.  Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

    CORE SUBJECTS
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    RESTRICTED ELECTIVES
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
    PHL502 Law Ethics and Human Rights
    SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
    SWK414 International Social Development
    WEL420 Working in Child Protection
    WEL426 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches and Disaster Recovery
    WEL427 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches in Human Services
    WEL428 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches to Global Governance and Policy
    WEL429 Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Service Workers
     

    THE STRANDS

    The Practice Strand - for students with little or no practical experience (includes field placement).  No credit will be awarded for prior work experience.

    Core Practice subjects
    HCS505 Social Work Professional Field Education 1 (16 points)
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    PLUS
    1 Restricted Elective
     

    The Coursework Strand - for students with substantial relevant work experience.

    Core Coursework subjects
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16 points)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis and Planning (16 points)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    The Research/Dissertation Strand - for students with extensive experience who have a keen interest in developing their research and evaluation skills. This strand involves completion of a research project.

    Core Research/Dissertation subjects
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject

    PLUS
    1 Restricted Elective

    Enrolment pattern

    PART-TIME:

    SESSION 1 (February) commencement -

    Practice Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1

    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points) 

    Year 2 - Session 2
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3 - Session 1
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (16 points) (commence)
    Restricted elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (16 points) (complete)
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
     

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1

    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3 - Session 1
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16 points)

    Year 3 - Session 2
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16 points)
     

    Research/Dissertation Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points) 

    Year 2 - Session 2
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3 - Session 1
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points) (commence)
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject

    Year 3 - Session 2
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points) (complete)
    Restricted Elective


    SESSION 2 (July) commencement -

    Practice Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity

    Year 2 - Session 2
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3 - Session 1
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (16 points) (commence)
    Restricted elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (16 points) (complete)
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice

    Year 4 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in Human Services (16 points)


    Coursework Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity

    Year 2 - Session 2
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)

    Year 3 - Session 2
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16 points)

    Year 4 - Session 1
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16 points)


    Research/Dissertation Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2

    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity

    Year 2 - Session 2
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 3 - Session 1
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points) (commence)
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject

    Year 3 - Session 2
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points) (complete)
    Restricted Elective

    Year 4 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)


    FULL TIME:

    SESSION 1 (February) commencement -


    Practice Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1

    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (16 points) (commence)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (16 points) (complete)
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
    SWK504  Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    WEL418 Case Management
    Restricted elective
     

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16 points)

    Year 3 - Session 1
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16 points)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management
     

    Research/Dissertation Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1

    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points) (commence)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points) (complete)
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject
    Restricted Elective
     

    SESSION 2 (July) commencement –

    Practice Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2

    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (16 points) (commence)
    WEL418 Case Management

    Year 2 - Session 2
    HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (16 points) (complete)
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    Restricted elective
     

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2

    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16 points)
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16 points)
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management


    Research/Dissertation Strand

    No full-time study option is available for this strand due to subject availability.

  • Admission information

    Applicants for the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare must meet the following admission requirements:

    A Bachelor degree (or AQF equivalent) in human services, child and adolescent welfare, social work, social welfare, social sciences, education, health or related areas;
    OR
    A Graduate Certificate in Human Services

    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

    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.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOAMY
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAMC

    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 96 points including the four core subjects.

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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 subject for this course:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
  • 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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