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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(Journ)/BCWC
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)
Admission, fee and application details
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  • 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 community welfare and counselling.


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 community welfare and counselling expertise and knowledge (eg organisations engaged in in-house journalism, in public relations and promotions or lobbying).

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


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 96 points in the Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) component and 96 points in the Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling component.

Students complete a compulsory sequence in community welfare and counselling and a major in journalism, and additional arts studies (refer to 'Areas of study').


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

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.) three compulsory supporting units (18 points):

  • ATS1360 Developmental psychology: Behaviour across the lifespan **
  • ATS1367 Sociological reflections on everyday life
  • ATS1251 Introduction to Indigenous Australian studies

**The psychological studies units ATS1359 Exploring human behaviour: An introduction to psychology and ATS1360 Developmental psychology: 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 ATS1360 with PSY1022 Intro to Psychology 1B and add PSY1011 Intro to Psychology 1A in the first semester.

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

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

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

Areas of Study


Additional arts studies

These may be chosen from:

NOTE: A minor only is available for Australian studies, community studies and English.


Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)

Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling