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Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BHuman&DevtSt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1735.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 088714E


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

The Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies covers all aspects of disaster management, humanitarian assistance, and development to equip students with the required skills, knowledge, and practical experience (i.e. humanitarian crisis simulation + international placement) that make them ready to work with national and international government and non-government organisations implementing short- and long-term life-saving programs. The degree provides a theory- driven and as well as a comprehensive field experience package that enhance students’ learning, research skills, real world experience, and career readiness. The international placement opportunity requires students to obtain a medical clearance, and a Working with Children check for certain organisations.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Garry Stevensg.stevens@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students will need to complete a Working with Children Check and obtain medical clearance to enrol in unit 102724 Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

All students must enrol in and complete the 70 credit points of Bachelor of Social Science Core Units, a 100 credit point major and 70 credit points of electives. The recommendation is that electives are chosen from the Recommended Electives list (shown below).

Bachelor of Social Science Core Units

101552Applied Social Research
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102170People, Place and Social Difference
400337Social Research Methods
101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society
101900Working with Communities

Majors

Note: Students can complete both majors.

M1095Humanitarian Preparedness and Response
M1096Human Rights, Protection and Development

Recommended Sequence - Start-year Commencement (Autumn)

Year 1

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

One unit from the chosen major

And one recommended elective from the list below

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete

One major unit and one recommended elective from the list below

Or

Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development major complete

Two major units

Year 2

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods

One unit from the chosen major

And two recommended electives from the list below

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete

Two major units and one recommended elective from the list below

Or

Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development major complete

One major unit and two recommended electives from the list below

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

One unit from the chosen major

Two recommended electives from the list below

2H session

102723Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement
102724Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement

Summer A session

102725Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections

Recommended Sequence: Mid-year Commencement (Spring)

Year 1

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete

One major unit and one recommended elective from the list below

Or

Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development Major complete

Two major units

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

One unit from the chosen major

And one recommended elective from the list below

Year 2

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete

Two major units and one recommended elective from the list below

Or

Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development Major complete

One major unit and two recommended electives from the list below

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods

One unit from the chosen major

And two recommended electives from the list below

Year 3

2H session

102723Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement
102724Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement

Summer A session

102725Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

One unit from the chosen major

And two recommended electives from the list below

Recommended Elective Units

200101Accounting Information for Managers
300790Agriculture, Food and Health
101570Alternatives to Violence
101589Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies
101968Civil Society in Contemporary China
101870Climate Change and Culture
101595Community and Social Action
101632Community Work & Development
102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
101596Context of Human Services
400866Culture, Diversity and Health
101663Education for Sustainability
300858Environmental Risk Management
300917Global Nutrition, Food and Community
200815Globalisation and Sustainability
101611Home and Away: Ethnicity and Migration in Australia
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies
200298Immigration and Refugee Law
101905Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective
200220International Criminal Law
101779Leadership, Alliances, Sustainability (Block Mode)
200855Leadership in a Complex World
101775Management and Community Organisations (Block Mode)
200300Managing People at Work
101575Peace-Making and Peace-Building
102170People, Place and Social Difference
101593Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems
300810Resource Sustainability
101753Revaluing Indigenous Economics (Day Mode)
101569Sustainable Futures
101591The Economics of Cities and Regions
101664Working with Cultural Differences

Equivalent Core Units

The unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2018 or earlier.

102174 - Social Sciences International Placement

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Global Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Replaced Unit

The unit listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

101342 - The Urban Context



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