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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/BCommWelf&Couns
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 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.

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


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 community welfare and counselling component.

Students complete a compulsory community welfare and counselling sequence and an 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.) an arts major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a further 30 points of arts

(d.) 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 (12 points)
  • ATS3848 Insights into practice
  • ATS3850 Human services management and practice
  • ATS3851 Social policy

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

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

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

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

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

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

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


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling