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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/BSoc&CommWelf
CRICOS code030965J
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 requirments. In addition, off campus 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 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.


The combined course allows students to gain a recognised welfare qualification while exploring the breadth of studies offered through the arts degree.


The course provides students with a combination generalist/specialist degree incorporating specific vocational education.


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

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


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

Areas of study

Students complete a compulsory arts major and arts minor chosen from the following:

  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Australian studies*
  • communications
  • community studies*
  • English (minor only)
  • history-politics
  • journalism
  • philosophy
  • psychological studies
  • psychology
  • public relations*
  • sociology
  • writing.

* Minor only available.

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


Students must complete the following:

(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
  • SCW2303 Case management theory and practice
  • SCW2304 Community development
  • SCW2311 Social issues and personal values
  • SCW3310 Social policy
  • SCW3303 Insights into practice
  • SCW3306 Field education and practice (12 points)
  • SCW3307 Human services management and practice

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

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

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

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

(d.) an arts major (48 points)

(e.) an arts minor (24 points)

(f.) a further 30 points of arts

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

** 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 (Psychology 1B) and add PSY1011 (Psychology 1A) in the first semester.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare