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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Humanities)/Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare

Course code: 1798 ~ Course abbreviation: BA(Psy&Hum)/BSocCW ~ Total credit points required: 192 ~ 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland)

Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)

Multimode (Gippsland)

Course description

This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Humanities) and Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare degrees.

Students will graduate with a major in psychology that is recognised by the Australian Psychological Society, and will also possess a full welfare qualification, recognised by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Work.

Course objectives

The course allows students to combine the study of psychology with the specific vocational qualifications available within the social and community welfare field.

Course structure

Students must complete 96 points in the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Humanities) component and 96 points in the Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare component.

Areas of study

For information on majors and minors offered, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Minors can be taken in Australian Indigenous studies, Australian studies, communications, community studies, English, history-politics, journalism, philosophy, public relations, sociology or writing.

Course requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level.

Arts (psychology and humanities) component

(a) a psychology major (54 points)

(b) an arts minor (24 points)

(c) a further 24 points in arts

Social and community welfare component

(a) the prescribed sequence in social and community welfare (84 points)

  • SCW1302 Governing inequality: foundations of social welfare provision
  • SCW1303 Foundations of interpersonal practice
  • SCW1304 Communication and counselling skills
  • SCW1305 Constructive groups and teams
  • SCW2303 Case management theory and practice
  • SCW2304 Community development
  • SCW2310/3310 Social policy *
  • SCW2311 Social issues and personal values
  • SCW2312 Welfare law, rights and ethics
  • SCW3303 Insights into practice
  • SCW3304 Paradigms of practice
  • SCW3306 Field education and practice.
  • SCW3307 Human services management and practice

    * These units can only be undertaken at either level two or level three, ie students cannot study both SCW2310 and SCW3310.

(b) one compulsory unit (6 points) - SCY1801 (Sociological reflections on everyday life) or SCY1802 (Global sociology).

Students who wish to take the additional unit required for registration with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) may do so as part of their elective points. Unit details for the psychology major sequence can be found in the entry `Units from other faculties recognised as arts units - Psychology' earlier in this section. Note that psychology is only offered by off-campus learning at the Gippsland campus.

Note that students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.

Professional recognition

The major sequence in psychology is a common program offered by the Department of Psychology on the Caulfield and Clayton campuses and at the Gippsland campus by off-campus mode. The Australian Psychological Society (APS)-accredited major comprises 10 six-point units: nine core units and one elective unit. This course is also recognised by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers.

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