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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 titleAssDegSoc&CommWelf
CRICOS code061794M
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Course coordinator

Dr Chris Laming


  • 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 must also take several off-campus placements.


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.


Graduates are expected to develop:

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


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.


This course consists of five compulsory units, a major sequence in social and community welfare and two electives.


Students complete the following:

(a.) a prescribed sequence in social and community welfare (54 points):

  • SCW1302 Governing inequality: Foundations of social welfare provision
  • SCW1303 Foundations of interpersonal practice
  • SCW1304 Communication and group skills
  • SCW2303 Case management theory and practice
  • SCW2304 Community development
  • SCW2306 Field education and practice
  • SCW2307 Human services management and practice
  • SCW2311 Social issues and personal values

(b.) three compulsory supporting units at level one (18 points):

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

(c.) TSD1611 Understanding university learning, and one first-year elective (12 points)

(d.) one compulsory supporting unit at level two from the following (6 points):

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

(e.) a further 6 points in arts at level two

Progression to further studies

On successful completion of this course, students may apply to upgrade to one of the following courses:

  • 1731 Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare
  • 1802 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare


Associate Degree in Social and Community Welfare