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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Psych)/BSoc&CW
CRICOS code066603E
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.
  • This course has compulsory off-campus placement requirements. In addition all students must attend a number of on-campus workshops and weekend schools. Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


This degree provides students with the fundamental understanding of the major principles of psychology, and offers the broad skills in the analysis of social-welfare policy and practice.


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

Workshops and weekend schools

Students must attend Gippsland campus for two residential workshops during the course, involving one two-day workshop and one three-day workshop. Psychology units also require compulsory attendance at least at one weekend school per unit per semester.


Students are required to undertake a 16-day field education placement in their second/third year and a 60-day field placement during the final year.

Professional recognition

The 60 point major sequence in psychology, comprised of nine core units and one elective unit is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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


This course consists of 96 points in the arts (psychology) component and 96 points in the social and community welfare component.

Areas of study

Students complete a compulsory psychology major and arts minor. The arts minor can be taken in:

  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Australian studies
  • Communications
  • community studies
  • English
  • history-politics
  • journalism
  • philosophy
  • public relations
  • sociology
  • writing.

For information on majors and minors offered, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Arts (psychology) component

Students complete:

(a.) a psychology major (54 points)

(b.) an arts minor from the available areas of study (24 points)

(c.) a further 18 points in arts

Social and community welfare component

Students complete:

(a.) the 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
  • SCW2303 Case management theory and practice
  • SCW2304 Community development
  • SCW2311 Social issues and personal values
  • SCW3303 Insights into practice
  • SCW3306 Field education and practice
  • SCW3307 Human services management and practice
  • SCW3310 Social policy

(b.) two compulsory first year units (12 points):

  • AIS1011 Introduction to Australian Indigenous societies
  • SCY1801 Sociological reflections on everyday life

(c.) one compulsory second year unit selected from (6 points):

  • AIS2025 Activism, politics and Indigenous Australia
  • AIS2170 Indigenous women
  • AIS2808 Human rights and the Indigenous Australian experience
  • SCY2811 Social justice

(d.) a further 12 points of elective units

Students who wish to complete requirements for registration with the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) must complete the required nine compulsory core psychology units (54 points) and use one of their arts elective units (6 points) to complete the additional unit required. Unit details for the psychology major may be found at 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students cannot graduate from either degree until they have satisfied the above requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points.


Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)