About the course

About the course

If you want to advance your career in the community services field, our community services course will equip you with the knowledge and real-world experience to succeed.  

In our community services course, you will:

  • develop a broad understanding of the principles and theories that relate to service delivery in the community services sector
  • analyse traditional models of welfare and examine a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives
  • gain a wide range of skills and knowledge that empower your client and that are rewarding for you and beneficial to your organisation

During our course, we encourage you to form a community of learners with your fellow students to share experiences, develop critical reflective skills and enrich your learning experience. You will also benefit from taking part in practical placement and applied learning subjects, and pick up real world experience working in and around the community services sector.  

With our community services course, you will:

  • study cultural safety with a strong Indigenous focus
  • develop an extensive knowledge related to community services
  • learn to understand applicable legislation and regulation
  • practise and develop decision-making and communication strategies

Your learning experience will be closely supported by our highly qualified and experienced teaching staff. The design of our degree will provide you with a qualification of high academic integrity that is directly applicable to community services work within your selected discipline area.

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Intake Dates & Course Length


February and July

Full time: 3 years (or 2 years entry with Diploma of Community Services)

2 days per week, over 13 teaching weeks per semester (2 semesters each year.) 

  • First year: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Second year: Wednesday and Thursday
  • Third year: Tuesday and Wednesday

Times: morning lectures 9am - 10am, tutorials 10.30am - 12.30pm, afternoon lectures 1pm - 2pm, tutorials 2.30pm - 4.30pm

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Career & Learning Outcomes


This degree will provide you with a variety of employment opportunities across all fields of practice. Occupations include:

  • child protection practitioner
  • alcohol and other drugs worker
  • case management officer
  • client services officer
  • crisis intervention worker
  • residential care officer
  • juvenile justice and rehabilitation officer
  • disability case manager
  • aged care case manager

As well as providing excellent job prospects in major cities, rural and regional areas have a high demand for community services workers.

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities - demonstrate practical, theoretical, sociological knowledge and skills that support community service fields delivery to achieve practical outcomes for employment within diverse disciplines of community services.

Communication - develop and demonstrate high-level professional communication skills within a range of community service situations.

Critical thinking - acquire skills in the critical evaluation of theories and philosophical approach to community services by reflecting of own skill development when engaging the principles of community services work.  

Self-management - demonstrate initiative and autonomy in planning for implementation, monitoring and evaluation to maximise opportunities for community service clients.

Teamwork - work collaboratively with others from different disciplines and diverse backgrounds by applying inclusive principles and practices to create and maintain culturally safe workplaces.

Global Citizenship - analyse and address the philosophical basis of community development and services as a method of social change within a global context while taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, the impact of social, gender and racial inequality, and the application of professional ethical standards.

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Entry and Academic Requirements


International students must have completed an Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass.

Interview: applicants will be asked a series of questions relating to their suitability for the course. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a clear understanding and aptitude for the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from international students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

English Language Requirements


A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.5 (Academic) with no band less than 6.5 A minimum TOEFL score of 575 for paper examination; 232 for computer based and 90 for Internet based, or approved equivalent.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

Applying


International students please apply through:

  1. an authorised representative in your country
  2. a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition
  3. or direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

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Pathways & Accreditation


After successful completion, you may be eligible to apply to study at honours or masters level at any Australian university

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

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Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee$16,970.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material FeesNo materials fee applies
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure


Completion of 24 subjects 

Practicum - Box Hill Institute arranges all placements 

2nd year - 200 hours Practicum 1

3rd year - 200 hours Practicum 2

  • CSP201 Undertaking Community Service Work Across Fields Of Practice
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject extends the learners knowledge of the Community Services field, and prepares the students to make informed elective choices. The similarities and differences between models of work used across the subsectors are discussed with respect to past development and future directions of these models. The relationship between theory and practice is explored, with an emphasis on engagement and practice models for delivery. A range of advanced theories, models and approaches are explored across their relevant fields and domains of practice. Contemporary paradigms are provided through a close study of literature.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Write an essay on an approach to community services work Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: A comparative analysis on the similarities and differences in workplace models across the community service subsectors Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • GW101 Facilitating Group Work
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject develops an understanding of working within a range of group settings. It establishes skills and knowledge for effectively planning and facilitating discussions, group activities, debriefing and support groups. Students will examine the common stages of group progression, and barriers to achieving effective outcomes. They will learn to adjust interpersonal styles to match group needs and dynamics. Practical skills for leading a group through these stages will focus on resource development, goal setting, managing individual problems within a group setting and facilitation styles. Group work in specific community services contexts, including drug and alcohol work, counselling, family conferences, training, and recreation will be explored. This subject develops an understanding of working within a range of group settings. It establishes skills and knowledge for effectively planning and facilitating discussions, group activities, debriefing and support groups. Students will examine the common stages of group progression, and barriers to achieving effective outcomes. They will learn to adjust interpersonal styles to match group needs and dynamics. Practical skills for leading a group through these stages will focus on resource development, goal setting, managing individual problems within a group setting and facilitation styles. Group work in specific community services contexts, including drug and alcohol work, counselling, family conferences, training, and recreation will be explored.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks Equivalent 2,000 words 40% Assessment task 2: Facilitate a group activity with an accompanying reflection on the process and their ability in conducting the group Equivalent 1,500 words 30% Assessment task 3: Write a professional development plan to develop skills in group facilitation Equivalent 1,500 words 30%

  • PP101 Introduction To Fieldwork
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject is designed to provide an orientation to the Practicum placements which are integral to community services education.  The student is provided the opportunity to practice techniques for applying theoretical and philosophical knowledge to practical placement experience through advice and support.  As students develop knowledge at more complex levels during the course, the Practicum reflects this development and requires them to engage in increasingly more complex tasks and environments.  The subject has a focus on increasing practical skill and leadership in the delivery of the community services programs.  Reflective practice, legal and ethical obligations, and recognising professional and personal boundaries while undertaking practicum are addressed.  Opportunities to practice and obtain verbal and written feedback on the student's developing skill in community service work are provided.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises contributing to a professional practice portfolio Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Reflective responses to a series of role plays developed to address ethical and practical problems in community services communication and practice. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Essay responding to a case study identifying a specific challenge of practicum placement within a specific theoretical and/or philosophical context Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • CD201 Foundations Of Community Development And International Aid
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject assists students to gain an advanced theoretical knowledge of the role of government, community groups and aid organisations in building capacity and providing domestic community services, supports, and international aid. Students will examine the nature of social disadvantage and marginalisation of groups such as women, refugees, people with disabilities, the unemployed, the homeless, the elderly, and Indigenous Australians. Examples of innovative community development programs in public housing, disadvantaged areas and cultural communities will be studied. Students will explore practices such as collaboration, advocacy and strategic community planning in improving support provision, and building the capacity of marginalised groups.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises: face to face tutorial tasks around advocacy and change in community development and international aid Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Examine an international aid project and analyse the impact of political, social, gender and/or racial equality on the aid program Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Develop a plan for a community development intervention that addresses a need within a specific community Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • SOC101 Sociological Theoretical Foundations Of Community Services Work
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject aims to introduce students to the theoretical foundations of historical and contemporary community services work. How community services work has evolved will be examined through key themes of self-identity, empowerment and of social justice and equity. An understanding of critical concepts that have shaped and continue to shape attitudes and service provision of community services will be expanded, including concepts of welfare, dependency, political action, power, empowerment and disempowerment, diversity and equity and community development. Their role in community services work will be developed through an understanding of building social capital within Australian and global contexts. To assist their studies students will be encouraged to form a community of learners to share experiences, develop critical reflective skills and form industry networks.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises Face to face tutorial tasks related to multiple perspectives that underpin models of community services delivery. Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Presentation: identify key themes that underpin effective delivery of community services. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Essay on the role of community services in building social capital. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • CM101 Introduction To Principles Of Case Management
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject prepares students to undertake a case management role within community services contexts. It examines the processes involved to establish sound case work management, including legal and ethical considerations, working with clients to set goals, effective communication and risk management. Students are provided with an introduction to appropriate information sharing, strategies for referral and the use of community resources. Students are introduced to mandatory and best practice protocols for documentation and reporting. The importance of identifying role boundaries, including conflict of interest is examined through case studies. Duty of care is discussed within the context of complex or high risk situations, such as working with protective and custodial agencies and cases with high public or political sensitivity.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises combination of online and face to face tutorial tasks Equivalent 2,000 words 40% Assessment task 2: Research case management experiences and write a position description/report . Equivalent 1,500 words 30% Assessment task 3: Small group work designing a case management plan and running a meeting, including a continuous improvement plan for case management Equivalent 1,500 words 30%

  • CP301 Community Awareness Project Related To Principles And Practices In Child Protection
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    In this subject, students research the Principles and Practices in Child Protection as relevant to community service delivery.  Students will examine a range of literature to provide a sound basis of understanding, and explore how information in this area can be disseminated to the wider community.  Students will research and utilise methods to increase community awareness of the relevant child-centred and family-focused issues, such as understanding child neglect, child emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, the impact of trauma on children, and how these stuations can affect families, especially as relevant within indigenous communities.  Emphasis is on postive representtion of this area of delivery leading to enhanced outcomes for clients.  Creative use of marketing tools such as social media is used to disseminate the community message.  Students will then reflect on indicators of success and community feedback.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Prepare a literature review on child protection community services to be promoted Word count: 1000 words - 20% Assessment task 2: Design and implement the activity - 40% Assessment task 3: Write report of the activity with recommendation for future promotional activities Word count: 2000 words - 40%

  • CSM201 Management And Leadership In Community Services Work
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    In this subject students will examine and analyse theories and issues of leadership and management in the dynamic community services sector. The subject requires students to engage with, and reflect on, the meaning of leadership in the context of their own professional practice, ethics and identity and relationships. The subject explores contemporary issues regarding leadership and change and the implications for management. It extends the theoretical informants related to a range of organisational demands and higher-level approaches to management in the Community Services sector. Particular emphasis will be on human resources and management challenges specific to community services. The subject aims to enhance managerial competence through applied management principles and practices that create sound and effective management of service organisations. Students will examine theories and their application to organisational policies and procedures, supported by the legal and industrial frameworks relevant to community services. This includes Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities, evaluating against industry standards, quality assurance, and remaining current and connected to the wider community.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks relating to principles of management and leadership Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Self-assessment of own leadership capacities using a leadership matrix Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3 Scenarios relating to complex issues requiring advanced leadership decision making Equivalent 1500 words - 30%

  • PSY301 Conducting Complex Assessment And Referral
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject addresses modalities and theories behind conducting an individual assessment where multiple and complex issues are present. Students will examine several kinds of assessment, including intake, domain based, norm based and competency based assessment. Modalities including strength based assessment are used to identify the client’s range of diverse needs. Students analyse appropriate language and interpersonal skills related to the assessment process. Students will analyse the most effective and least restrictive strategies to enhance client’s learning and well-being. There will be a strong focus on identifying potential risk.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks examining a range of assessment tools and instruments. Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Examine an assessment scenario, and write a report as a referral for the client Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Essay that examines the critical role of assessment in the delivery of community services and appropriate referral Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • PPE302 Practicum 2 Related On Elective
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    The specific focus of this practicum is for the student to demonstrate the following:

    • Effective communication with clients and co workers
    • Cultural awareness
    • An in depth understanding of community service intervention practices and protocols for working with clients with a disability or working with clients with a dual diagnosis
    • Leadership in the delivery of services
    • Effective assessment and referral practices
    • Early counselling skills
    Contact hours are 200 hours of work placement for the semester
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: No assessments

  • CST101 Transition To Higher Education
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject supports the development of academic skills in students who enter the Bachelor of Community Services with vocational qualifications but who have not previously studied at a higher education level. The aim of the subject is to help students to understand the expectations and develop academic skills required for studying at an undergraduate level. The focus will be upon developing and extending self -directed learning, research skills, academic writing and referencing.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercisesEquivalent 2,000 words - 40%Assessment task 2:Literature Review on determinants of quality in community services workEquivalent 1,500 words 30%Assessment task 3:Essay on an identified current issue of the student choice related to community services workEquivalent 1,500 words 30%

  • CSRP302 Adopting Reflective Practice
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject considers reflective practice within the context of a community services framework. It provides learners with an understanding of the relevance of reflective practice for professional activity by calling critical attention to applicable values and theories in the community services environment by examining professional practice reflectively and reflexively. It offers students strategies and tools for lifelong learning that contribute to continuous development of professional capability in the sector. Students are asked to consider the meaning and implication of reflective professional practice in the context of their own and others’ professional contribution to community services.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Literature Review on theoretical perspectives of the value of reflection to workplace practice Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Essay on reflective philosophies, strengths and areas for development relevant to work practice Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • CSS201 Role Of The State, Family And Individual In Society
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    The unit will examine the impact of the welfare state and the role and responsibilities of families and communities in supporting healthy development of groups and individuals. Students will explore the range of community sector organisations that operate in Australia, sources of funding provided by local, state and federal governments, and the challenges associated with increasing competition between organisations in the community sector for funding. The nature of social inequality including culture, gender, age, social mobility, unemployment, and the inequitable distribution of access to wealth, employment opportunities, health services and education across Australia will lead into an exploration of community welfare in practice, including how various government and non-government agencies respond to issues of difference and social disadvantage. Students will also research the political influences on the community sector including economic rationalism and the privatisation of health and education. The strategic direction of government policy will be explored.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks, examining the role of state, family and individuals in society. Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Report that identifies issues related to social disadvantage and possible interventions. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Timeline demonstrating the evolution of contemporary delivery of community services. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • PSY101 Understanding Human Behaviour
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This unit provides an introduction to developmental psychology and an understanding of what drives or motivates human behaviour. Students will explore the theories that underpin an understanding of human development across the lifespan, including theories of attachment, cognitive and social development. The socio-cultural aspects that impact on human behaviour are also examined. Close examination of developmental, psychological and cognitive disorders will provide a more complex understanding of human behaviour in the context of the social services field. Students will analyse a range of strategies for supporting client behaviour across a number of contexts. Students will also examine the effects of their own behaviour on client behaviour.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks examining a range of behavioural theories Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Portfolio that examines approaches to human developmental psychology throughout the lifespan. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Examine a range of scenarios to determine impact of social psychological and cultural factors on human behaviour, and identify supports to meet needs of people with a range of behavioural needs. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • CP201 Principles And Practices In Child Protection
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    In this subject students critically examine the legislative, ethical and best practice requirements of working in child protection. Students will apply the Best Interests Case model to a range of practices including assessment and planning. Theories of child development and trauma will be studied in relation to the impact on the child of planning interventions. Using a case study and the underpinning theories and standards, students will prepare a case for Children’s Court.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil.
    Assessment: Assessment task 1:Tutorial exercisesface to face tutorial tasks that analyse a range of child development theories in relation to child protection practice. Equivalent 2,000 words - 40%Assessment task 2:Essay on an area of child protection practice and management that identifies underpinning child protection guidelines and principles of legislation. Equivalent 1,500 words- 30%Assessment task 3:Using a case study, prepare a case for ChildrensCourt Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • COU201 Applied Counselling Practice
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This unit provides an opportunity to further students’ core skills for counselling and change work, with opportunities for feedback and practical application of skills. Current counselling theories and models are explored and trialled in a workshop setting. Students will develop a greater understanding of the theories and interventions of counselling theory and practice, as well as the influence of the counsellor on the counselling process and outcomes. Extension of counselling practice for groups and individuals with more complex counselling needs, such as children, adolescents and families will be identified and practiced.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks identifying the skills needed for counselling. Equivalent 2,000 words. 40% Assessment task 2: Essay on a psychological intervention theory to determine its effectiveness for contemporary practice within a workplace setting. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Write an organisational policy for counselling interventions, identifying the theory that underlies the interventions, how the setting impacts on the intervention, and the tools that will be used to determine the ongoing effectiveness of the policy. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • CSC102 Developing Effective Communication
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject advances on theoretical and practical perspectives to enable effective and high level communication in a range of settings. It addresses the complex nature of communication and the physical, emotional, cultural and social barriers that can complicate communication processes. Skills for developing interpersonal relationships and rapport, including the importance of non-verbal communication, are demonstrated and workshopped. The subject addresses the specific communication needs of several relevant client groups, including people with intellectual or physical disabilities, children and families under stress, clients affected by drugs and/or alcohol, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Leadership, conflict resolution and negotiation skills are also developed. Practical skills for delivering information in written form and managing meetings are developed.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks Equivalent 2,000 words 40% Assessment task 2: Develop a video or role play script demonstrating an aspect of advanced communication Equivalent 1,500 words 30% Assessment task 3: Develop a policy for a specific workplace that guides conflict resolution processes for workers and clients Equivalent 1,500 words 30%

  • CSAP301 Advocacy And Partnerships Across The Service System
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This unit will develop an advanced understanding of human rights and Community Service workers’ responsibilities to ensure that the rights of people are upheld. Students will develop an understanding of the links between human rights and health and well-being, concepts of power and empowerment and the need for protection of the rights of vulnerable groups, including women and children, people living with disabilities and mental health consumers. The theories of advocacy and how practitioners can advocate for social change will also be explored. Students will consider how partnerships with family, social networks and bodies such as government departments, commissioners, ombudsman, guardianship boards and mental health tribunals can strengthen professional capacity to protect rights.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks, identifying and advocating for marginalised and disadvantaged groups. Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Critically examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to identify how a particular marginalised group within Australian society may or may not be represented. What are the implications for government policy? Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Developing a case study to demonstrate the role of partnerships and collaboration in effective service delivery. Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • GS308 Gender Studies
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject will take an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens in its exploration of gender studies, examining the paradigms that hold sway in the current socio-political climate.   Restrictive discourses are explored which contribute to the marginalization and disenfranchisement of non-normative persons and communities as well as the ones that offer more liberating notions of gender, body, sexuality and identity.


    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial face to face tutorial tasks: Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Aseessment task 2: Literature Review - Analyse the impact of normative concepts -Equivalent 1,500 words -30% Assessment task 3: Comparative analysis - Written analysis on similarities and differences of three community agencies in the context of gender diversity - Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • TIP309 Understanding And Approaching Trauma Informed Practice
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject will explore trauma theory and the application of this knowledge in the field of community services.  It will consider various models and ideas which culminate to form an integrated and context sensitive approach to trauma informed practice.  The models and practices examined will be found to be transferable across the wide range of community services and client groups.


    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises - face to face tutorial tasks - Equivalent 2,000 words 40% Assessment task 2: Case Study - Analyse and evaluate a case study related to the effects of trauma - Equivalent 1,500 words - 20% Assessment task 3: Project - design a trauma informed community program using the principles of trauma informed theory - Oral presentation of program 10% Written program plan 30% - Equivalent 1,500 words - 40%

  • CSLR202A Legal And Judicial Systems In Community Services
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject builds on the students developing understanding of the legislative and regulatory requirements that underpin the field of community services with a strong focus on family violence and the justice system.  The intent of relevant acts of legislation will be explored as a framework for understanding.  The subject considers the philosophy of ethics from a variety of perspectives as well as principles of ethical actions including autonomy, non-maleficence and beneficence.  It develops in students advanced skills in managing ethical dilemmas in professional and organisational practice, including factors associated with confidentiality, risk of harm, corruption and malpractice.


    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises Tutorial tasks on philosophy and values and interventions within relevant fields of community services Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Essay on a legal or ethical issue in context to family violence and the justice system Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Reflective analysis of ethical approaches adopted with a community services organisation Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • CSC103A Addressing The Safety Of Indigenous And Culturally Diverse Persons In The Workplace
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This  subject  considers  the  parameters  of  difference  within  the  human  context  and  what  it  means  to  be  in  a minority group within a society. Students will examine the impact of culture on effective delivery of community services, in areas such as communication, social relationships, attitudes towards community service intervention, and other culturally specific issues. Students establish strategies for working with cultural groups in the provision of services, such as working with remote Indigenous communities. Concepts surrounding cultural safety include understanding  of  affirmative  action,  and  the  need  for  establishing  culturally  specific  services  in  addition  to mainstream services. Challenging cross-cultural constructs are studied through case studies that include working with refugees, and Indigenous Australian culture and history. There will be a specific focus on delivery of services for  Indigenous  Australians  and  their  communities,  with  attention  to  the  development  of  culturally  sensitive practices. The place of Australian Indigenous-specific services will be examined along with other cultures.


    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises: face to face tutorial tasks Equivalent 2,000 words – 40% Assessment task 2: Report: (for example, prepare a report that analyses the policies of a workplace for effective culturally safe practices). Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Essay: (for example, discuss government directions on inclusive practices for culturally diverse groups) Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • EDD301 Practices And Principles In Supporting Clients With A Dual Diagnosis
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject orientates students to the Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Mental Health Sector. You will gain high level skills in assessing the needs of clients with AOD and Metal Health issues using a variety of assessment tools and evidence-based practice. Students will gain an understanding of the interrelated nature of dual diagnosis, and will develop tools to address challenges related to clients with complex needs. Practices such as assessment, referral, models of rehabilitation, and networking with other services to improve outcomes will be examined and practiced.  There will be a focus on providing integrated services that address multiple needs.

    Additional areas such as working with clients who are homeless may also be made available if there are sufficient numbers of students interested in undertaking a particular area of study.  Experience working in the particular area of interest would be preferred.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: PPE302 Practicum 2 Related on third year elective
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks that address issues of working with clients with dual diagnosis Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Write a range of scenarios and role plays including appropriate approaches for assessment and interventions for clients with dual diagnosis Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Essay analyse the theoretical concepts that underpin dual diagnosis Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • EDIS301 Practices And Principles Of Working With Clients With A Disability
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This subject extends the student's knowledge of the theoretical concepts and perspectives that underpin the disability field both in Australia and in a global context.  Students are encouraged to adopt an undrstanding of the current approaches and models used in contemporary practice.  This knowledge enables them to apply exemplary practice models to work in the disability field.  Concepts that are studied include the social model of disability, advocacy and empowerment, social justice, human rights and anti-discrimination, the dignity of ris,k and community integration using strengths-based and family-centred practice.

    Contact hours are 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks.
    Prerequisites: PPE302 Practicum 2 Related on third year
    Assessment: Assessment task 1: Tutorial exercises face to face tutorial tasks examining current approaches and models used in contemporary practice Equivalent 2,000 words - 40% Assessment task 2: Presentation of the evolution of legislation and Human Rights rhetoric leading to current theories and approaches Equivalent 1,500 words - 30% Assessment task 3: Debate on the benefits and disadvantages of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on the community Equivalent 1,500 words - 30%

  • PPCP202B Community Services Practicum
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    The specific focus of this practicum is for the student to demonstrate the following:

    • Effective communication with clients and co workers
    • Cultural awareness
    • An in depth understanding of chosen field of community service
    • Leadership in the delivery of services
    • Effective assessment and referral practices
    • Early counselling and communication skills
    • Reflective portfolio of practicum experience 
    Contact hours are 200 hours of work placement for the semester

    Prerequisites: Nil
    Assessment: No assessments


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Admissions Data & Indicative Enrolments


Applicant background

Semester one / Full year intake - 2019

Number of students

% of all students

(A) Higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course)

<5

NP

(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study

8

38%

(C) Work and life experience (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)

<5

NP

(D) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

NA

NA

Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

NA NA

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

0 0%

International students

10

48%

All students

21

100%

Notes:

  • <5 - less than 5 students
  • NA - students not accepted in this category
  • NP - not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

We expect to enrol between 15 and 20 students.

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