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 titleBASS/BCommWelf&Couns
CRICOS code075546A
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)
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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 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 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 and social sciences degree.


The course provides students with a combination generalist/specialist degree incorporating specific vocational education.

Refer to the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences 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 Community Workers Association (ACWA).


This course consists of 96 points in the arts and social sciences component and 96 points in the community welfare and counselling component.

Students complete a compulsory community welfare and counselling sequence and an arts and social sciences major and minor.

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 and social sciences major (48 points)

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

(c.) a further 30 points of arts and social sciences

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

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

(f.) two compulsory supporting units at second-year-level (12 points):

  • ATS2260 Developmental psychology: Behaviour across the lifespan**

Plus one of:

  • 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 and social sciences requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts and social sciences disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences.

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

** 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

Arts majors and minors

Note: A minor only is available for Australian studies, community welfare and counselling, criminal justice, English and journalism.


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling