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Monash University Handbook 2011 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)/BCWC
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)
Admission, fee and application details
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 community welfare and counselling policy and practice.


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

Refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) objectives at and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling objectives at

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 accredited by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers (AIWCW) and equips students for competent and ethical community welfare and counselling practice.


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


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

Community welfare and counselling component

Students complete:

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

  • ATS1361 Governing inequality: Foundations of social welfare provision
  • ATS1362 Interpersonal practice and counselling skills
  • ATS1363 Counselling and group work skills
  • ATS2822 Advanced counselling and case management
  • ATS2823 Community development
  • ATS2825 Social issues and personal values
  • ATS3713 Field education and practice
  • ATS3848 Insights into practice
  • ATS3850 Human services management and practice
  • ATS3851 Social policy

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

  • ATS1251 Introduction to Indigenous Australian studies
  • ATS1367 Sociological reflections on everyday life

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

  • ATS2364 Indigenous Australian politics and activism
  • ATS2367 Australian Indigenous women
  • ATS2369 Indigenous Australian human rights
  • ATS2737 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.

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

Areas of Study

Core major

Available arts minors

For information on other arts units refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

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 Arts (Psychology)

Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling