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Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)/Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare

Course code: 1802 ~ Course abbreviation: BA(Journ)/BSoc&CWelf ~ 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 (Journalism) and Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare degrees.

This double degree allows students to combine the study of journalism with that of social and community welfare.

Course objectives

The degree is structured to ensure that graduates have the necessary capabilities and understandings to work in a wide variety of public and private organisations requiring communication and social and community welfare expertise and knowledge (eg organisations engaged in in-house journalism, in public relations and promotions or in lobbying).

Course structure

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

Areas of study

Students complete a compulsory major in journalism. The additional arts studies may be chosen from Australian Indigenous studies, Australian studies (minor only), communications, community studies (minor only), English (minor only) history-politics, philosophy, psychological studies, psychology, public relations, sociology or writing.

For information on the journalism major and other arts studies offered, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

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

Arts (journalism) component

(a) a journalism major (48 points)

(b) a further 48 points of 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/SCW3310 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) two compulsory supporting units (12 points) - either PSS1711 (Exploring human behaviour)** or PSS1712 (Behaviour across the lifespan)** and either SCY1801 (Sociological reflections on everyday life) or SCY1802 (Global sociology).

    ** The psychological studies units are provided to give an introduction to understanding our behaviour, which is particularly tailored to those students intending to proceed in the social community field. Students may choose to replace the psychological studies units with psychology units PSY1011 and PSY1022.

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

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers.

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