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Monash University

Associate Degree of Social and Community Welfare

Course code: 1826 ~ Course abbreviation: DipSoc&CommWelf ~ Total credit points required: 96 ~ 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland)

Off-campus (Gippsland)

Course description

This course prepares graduates with the necessary skills, knowledge and value base for competent community and social welfare practice in a wide range of settings. Emphasis is placed on the practical and vocational elements of professional practice. On completion, students may apply to upgrade to the Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare or the related double degrees.

Course Objectives

Graduates are expected to: 1. develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline; 2. develop an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline; 4. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study; 5. develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, appropriate to the academic discipline.

Course structure

Course requirements

A candidate for the associate degree must complete the following requirements to a total of 96 points:

(a) a prescribed sequence in social and community welfare (66 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
  • SCW2306 Field education and practice
  • SCW2307 advanced human services organizational practice.
  • SCW2311 Social issues and personal values
  • SCW2312 Welfare law, rights and ethics

(b) three supporting units (18 points) chosen from:

  • PSS1711 Exploring human behaviour*
  • PSS1712 Behaviour across the lifespan*
  • SCY1801 Sociological reflections on everyday life
  • SCY1802 Global sociology

(c) DTS1611 Understanding university learning, or a first-year elective (6 points)

(d) a further 6 points in arts at second-year level.

    * The psychological studies units provide an introduction to understanding our behaviour, which is particularly tailored to those students intending to proceed in the social and community field. Students may choose to replace the psychological studies units with psychology units PSY1011 Psychology 1A and PSY1022 Psychology 1B.

Professional recognition

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

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