Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleBCommWelf&Couns
CRICOS code073104K
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • This course has compulsory off-campus placement requirements. 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.


This accredited course equips students for competent and ethical community welfare and counselling practice. The degree develops skills and knowledge for intervention across a range of practice fields, including (but not limited to): counselling, child protection, disability, family support, homelessness, community corrections, youth justice, community development, aged care, family violence and research and policy analysis. The study program includes case management and human services practice from a management perspective.

Students complete a structured sequence in community welfare and counselling, and two practice placements in community development and human service organisations. The study program focuses on counselling, group work, community development, social policy and emancipatory practice. Students will also take an arts minor in Australian Indigenous studies, community studies, psychological studies, psychology or sociology.


At the completion of the course students will have developed values, skills and knowledge appropriate to working with individuals, families, groups and communities at interpersonal, group, organisational and government levels. Graduates of this course will be qualified for employment in a wide variety of urban and rural, community and social welfare positions, in a range of fields, such as interpersonal and group counselling, crisis intervention, research and policy, casework and case management, community development, and management of human services organisations. The course also establishes a sound academic base for further study at postgraduate level.


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 Community Workers Association (ACWA).


This course consists of a community welfare and counselling sequence, four compulsory units, an arts minor and additional studies in arts.


Students complete:

(a.) a community welfare and counselling sequence (66 points) comprising the following:

  • ATS1361 Governing inequality: Foundations of social welfare provision
  • ATS1362 Interpersonal practice and counselling skills
  • ATS1363 Counselling and groupwork 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

(b.) two compulsory supporting units (12 points):

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

(c.) two compulsory supporting units at second level (12 points):

  • ATS2260 Developmental psychology: Behaviour across the lifespan**

Plus one of:

  • ATS2364 Activism, politics and Indigenous Australia
  • ATS2367 Australian Indigenous women
  • ATS2369 Human rights and the Indigenous Australian experience
  • ATS2737 Social justice

(d.) a further 54 points in arts*, comprising:

(i.) at least one minor in the available disciplines listed under 'Areas of study'

(ii.) 18 points of first-year-level units (which includes first-year level from minor) selected from the disciplines listed under 'Areas of study'

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

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

*It is recommended that students complete an arts major or a second minor.

** Students who choose to complete a minor in psychology must replace ATS2260 Developmental Psychology with PSY2031 Developmental and biological psychology

Note: psychological studies units are tailored to those students intending to proceed in community welfare and counselling, but some students may wish to undertake units in Psychology (APAC accredited) instead. Students who are interested in completing a minor in either of these disciplines must ensure they complete the first-year sequence.

Areas of Study


Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling