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Master of Human Service

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CSU's Master of Human Service offers students the opportunity to develop high level research and critical analysis skills in the areas of social welfare and human services, culminating in the development of a dissertation.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Human Service aims to meet the diverse needs of practitioners and others working within the broad field of human services, either in the public or the non-government, community or business sectors.

    The course aims to meet the diverse needs of managers, planners and others working within the broad field of human services management and social policy analysis, development and implementation, in public or non-government, community or business sectors. Students can choose to specialise in Management and Policy or graduate with a generic degree. The completion of the course enables human services management and policy practitioners to:

    • demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively and efficiently manage their organisations

    • analyse, plan and implement social policies to enhance the quality of human services

    • demonstrate advanced practice knowledge in human services management and social policy

    • demonstrate critical, analytical and reflective management and policy analysis skills

      and

    • demonstrate a high level of understanding of contemporary issues and challenges, and future directions, in human services.

  • 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 from the Master of Human Service, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points, choosing either the Coursework or Research/Dissertation strand. 

    Coursework Strand is for students who wish to enhance their professional skills in the human services area and consists of:

    Five (5) core subjects (64 points):
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    HCS531 Leading Service Development in Human Service Organisations (16 points)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16 points)
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

    Plus four (4) restricted electives (32 points) from the list below

    OR

    Research/Dissertation Strand is specifically for those students who wish to learn specific skills for research and evaluation and consists of:

    Five (5) core subjects (64 points):
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    HCS531 Leading Service Development in Human Service Organisations (16 points)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16 points)
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

    Plus (32 points):
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points)
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject
    One (1) restricted elective from the list below


    Master of Human Services (Management and Policy) Specialisation

    Students will graduate with the Master of Human Services (Management and Policy) with satisfactorily completion of the following subjects (96 points):

    Five (5) core subjects (64 points):
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16 points)
    HCS531 Leading Service Development in Human Service Organisations (16 points)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16 points)
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

    Plus (32 points):
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    One (1) restricted elective from the list below
     

    Restricted Electives
    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing bodies, ageing minds
    GER404 Ageing & Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication
    GER501 Contemporary  Issues in Gerontology
    HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
    HCS510 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
    HCS513 Understanding Children
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    LAW531 Law for the Human Services
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    SWK414 International Social Development
    WEL409 Grief, Loss and Change
    WEL418 Case Management
    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



     

    Enrolment pattern

    Part time Enrolment Pattern

    SESSION 1 INTAKE

    Coursework Strand

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

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

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

    Year 2 - Session 2
    2 Restricted Electives

    Year 3 - Session 1
    2 Restricted Electives

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

    Research/Dissertation Strand

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

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

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

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

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

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


    Management and Policy Specialisation

    Year 1 – Session 1
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)

    Year 1 – Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Interventions
    SWK504 Human Service Research Methods

    Year 2 – Session 1
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in Human Services (16)

    Year 2 – Session 2
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    PAD591 Public Sector Management

    Year 3 – Session 1
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    Restricted Elective

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

     

    SESSION 2 INTAKE

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    2 Restricted Electives

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

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

    Year 4 - Session 1
    2 Restricted Electives

    Research/Dissertation Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)

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

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

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

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

    Management and Policy Specialisation

    Year 1 – Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Interventions
    SWK504 Human Service Research Methods

    Year 2 – Session 1
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)

    Year 2 – Session 2
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    PAD591 Public Sector Management

    Year 3 – Session 1
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in Human Services (16)

    Year 3 – Session 2
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    Restricted Elective

    Year 4 – Session 1
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16)
     

    Full time Enrolment Pattern

    SESSION 1 INTAKE

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16)
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

    Year 2 - Session 1
    4 Restricted Electives

    Research/Dissertation Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (start) (16)
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16)
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (finish) (16)
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods

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

    Management and Policy Specialisation
    No full time study option is available due to subject availability

    SESSION 2 INTAKE

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods
    2 Restricted Electives

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16)
    2 Restricted Electives

    Research/Dissertation Strand

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK 504 Human Services Research Methods
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject
    Restricted Elective

    Year 2 - Session 1
    HCS521 Practice leadership in Human Services (16)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis & Planning (16)
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (start) (16)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    HCS531 Leading Human Service Development (16)
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (finish) (16)

    Management and Policy Specialisation 

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

    Year 2 – Session 1
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in Human Services (16)
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy and Planning (16)

    Year 2 – Session 2
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    Restricted Elective
     


     

  • Admission information

    Students must have either:

    1. Successfully completed a recognised undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in either social welfare, social work, human services or the social sciences; or
    2. Successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Human Services, or
    3. Successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare)

    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!
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  • Course details

    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 WaggaFPOSYYNJAHS
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOAHS

    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

    The Master of Human Service students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

  • How to apply
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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 STUDY LINK 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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