Course

Bachelor of Community Welfare

Approved Abbreviation: BCW


Western Sydney University Course Code: 4522.4

CRICOS Code: 044766A


Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.


For further course information contact socialsciences@uws.edu.au. If you want a rewarding career in family and community work, the UWS Bachelor of Community Welfare could be ideal for you. Founded on the premise that every society is responsible for the well-being of its members, the Community Welfare degree provides a foundation in sociology, welfare policy and practice, community work and psychology, leading to a wide range of rewarding career options. Students also have the opportunity to undertake elective studies in cognate areas, including Criminology, Criminal Justice and Sociology.

A Career in Community Welfare:

As a graduate of the Community Welfare degree, you will enjoy a wide variety of career opportunities in Australia and internationally in fields including community work and community development, social casework, social policy and research, advocacy and social action, government departments such as community services, juvenile justice and corrective services, local government agencies, neighbourhood and community development organisations, refuges, and organisations working with disabled and aged persons.

In these roles graduates could potentially be involved in the provision of alcohol and other drug services, the creative and performing arts, housing, education, employment, sport and leisure, residential care, community development, street work and counselling, or a wide range of youth-related roles.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. The course may be completed over a longer period by taking a reduced load.

Course Advice

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School Contactssap@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Advanced standing

Students who have successfully completed relevant studies at an equivalent level at a recognised tertiary institution and/or who have professional experience may apply for advanced standing, in accordance with current University policy. For example, applicants who have completed one of the following may receive credit equivalent to two semesters of full-time study (80 credit points).

  • Diploma in Community Services (Welfare)
  • Diploma in Community Services (Youth Work) into the Youth Work key program.

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

Admission

Admission is normally through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

International applicants should contact International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via their website

International Office

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Some agencies may require students to undergo criminal record checks prior to commencing field placements in second and third years. Any student going on placement in NSW Health facilities will need to comply with its occupational screening and vaccination policy prior to placement.

Course Structure

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

Elective units may be chosen from across Western Sydney University, provided that unit prerequisites are met and space is available.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

101336.1Introduction to Sociology
400188.2Introduction to Welfare
400504.2Skills Development in the Human Services
101329.2Social Policy

Spring session

400193.4Human Services Intervention Strategies
400506.2Community Work and Community Development
400136.1Introduction to the Psychology of Health

And one elective unit

4523.4 Family and Community Work Key Program

Students who undertake the Family and Community Work Key Program can expect to find employment in a variety of welfare agencies specialising in work with families and children, such as the Department of Community Services or non-government welfare agencies, or in community development areas such as neighbourhood and community centres, women''s refuges and family support services.

Year 2

Autumn session

400505.4Lifespan Development and the Human Services
400507.3Research and the Human Services
400190.4Welfare Field Education 1

And one elective unit

Spring session

101357.2Families and Family Policy
400195.5Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
400608.2Managing Community Services

And one elective unit

Year 3

Autumn session

400191.4Welfare Field Education 2
400508.4Working with Individuals and Families

And one elective unit

Spring session

400514.2Political Economy of the Welfare State
400609.3Theory and Critique of Welfare Practice

And two elective units

Professional Units

Elective units in the Bachelor of Community Welfare may be chosen from across Western Sydney University, provided that unit prerequisites are met and space is available.

4525.5 Youth Work Key Program

Note: Please be aware that this key program is suspended from 2009.

Students who undertake the Youth Work Key Program can expect to find employment with a variety of organisations which specialise in issues affecting young people, such as homelessness, drug and alcohol problems, sexual health education, and developing social and life skills.

Year 2

Autumn session

400505.4Lifespan Development and the Human Services
400507.3Research and the Human Services
400198.3Youth Work in Australian Society
400190.4Welfare Field Education 1

Spring session

400195.5Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
400603.2The Professional Context of Youth Work

And two elective units

Year 3

Autumn session

400199.4Youth Work Project
400191.4Welfare Field Education 2

And one elective unit

Spring session

400608.2Managing Community Services
400609.3Theory and Critique of Welfare Practice

And two elective units

4524.4 International Social Development Key Program

Note: Please be aware that this key program is suspended from 2009.

Students who undertake the International Social Development Key Program can expect to find employment in community development agencies in Australia and overseas, such as those agencies working with refugees or in developing programs for disadvantaged groups within communities, or as a community worker in non-government, humanitarian or community based organisations.

Year 2

Autumn session

400190.4Welfare Field Education 1
400507.3Research and the Human Services

And two elective units

Spring session

400195.5Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
101363.1Global Structures and Local Cultures
400608.2Managing Community Services

And one elective unit

Year 3

Quarter 1 session

400610.3International Community Development
101385.2International Community Work Practice

Autumn session

400611.3International Community Work Placement

Spring session

Two elective units (Spring and Autumn sessions may be reversed).

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

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

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