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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences


Human services professionals working across sectors in various capacities, are more and more required to demonstrate the higher order skills associated with post graduate qualifications to move into leadership and senior positions. In rapidly changing social, economic, cultural and political societies, professional leadership demands ongoing familiarity with emerging research , the capacity to evaluate competing knowledge claims and concomitantly, to provide sophisticated rationales for program or policy proposals to funding bodies or to decision makers. Participation in academic debates and knowledge exchange through conferences and seminars enables professional leaders' contribution to ongoing quality improvements and policy responsiveness.

Post graduate study at HUMCASS Gippsland campus enables educational and skills development through exposure to:

  • Contemporary national and international practice modalities and strategies
  • Contemporary national and international research literature
  • Contemporary national and international theoretical thought
  • Contemporary national and international political and social debate
  • Contemporary national and international service models, programs, community initiatives, social movements and policy practices
  • Research methodology skills
  • Capacities to evaluate research designs and the value of research data

Students come from a range of disciplinary and industry backgrounds including therapists, case managers, support workers and counsellors with various client groups, community development workers, local government planners, bureaucrats with program development or policy development responsibilities, middle managers in ngos or government organisations, policy advisors, public advocates and activists, health workers with cross disciplinary backgrounds,

Supervision of research candidates is available, with particular staff strengths in:

  • community development
  • counselling skills
  • cross cultural services
  • developing practice based research and evaluation methodologies
  • educational access and equity
  • emancipatory and anti-oppressive welfare practice
  • family violence
  • homelessness
  • human services management
  • labour market policies and programs
  • management
  • men's behaviour change programs
  • multiculturalism and race relations
  • NGOs in developing countries
  • personal construct theory
  • program evaluations
  • qualitative research methods
  • regional social sustainability
  • representations of women
  • social and public policy
  • social documentary photography
  • social inclusion
  • visual representation
  • youth justice and child protection
  • youth policy and services.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

  • ATS4854 Research methods for social and community welfare
  • ATS4805 HUMCASS honours dissertation part 1
  • ATS4806 HUMCASS honours dissertation part 2
  • ATS4807 HUMCASS selected topics in theory and practice
Course coordinator

Dr Mark Symmons

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant Courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 3790 Master of Human Services Management
  • 3789 Graduate Diploma in Human Services Management
  • 3788 Faculty Certificate in Human Services Management
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.