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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(Journ)/BSoc&CW
CRICOS code023735D
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, off-campus students must attend on-campus at Gippsland 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 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 double degree allows students to combine the study of journalism with that of social and community welfare.


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, public relations and promotions or lobbying).


Students are required to undertake a 16-day field education placement and a 60-day field placement during this course.

Professional recognition

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


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
  • writing.

For information on the journalism major and other arts studies offered, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (throughout the duration of the degree).

Arts (Journalism) component

Students complete:

(a.) a journalism major (48 points)

(b.) a further 48 points of arts

Social and community welfare component

Students complete:

(a.) a prescribed sequence (66 points) in social and community welfare comprising:

  • 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.) three compulsory supporting units (18 points):

  • AIS1011 Introduction to Australian Indigenous societies
  • PSS1712 Behaviour across the lifespan*
  • SCY1801 Sociological reflections on everyday life

* The psychological studies units PSS1711 (Understanding human behaviour) and PSS1712 (Behaviour across the lifespan) are tailored to those students intending to proceed in the social and community welfare field. Students may choose to replace psychological studies with psychology which means replacing the psychological studies unit PSS1712 with PSY1022 (Introduction to psychology 1B) and add PSY1011 (Introduction to psychology 1A) in the first semester.

(c.) one compulsory supporting unit (6 points) at second level chosen from:

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

(d.) one further arts elective (6 points)


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