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Diploma in Social Science/Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

Approved Abbreviation: DipSocSc/BHumDevStud


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6027.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096980J


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


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 first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Social Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies.

Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Christopher Roffeyc.roffey@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Working with Children Check where required and for international placements, a medical clearance to enrol in 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 260 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Nirimba, Bankstown and Penrith Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Full-time

Year 1

Preparatory units

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700246Key Ideas in Arts and Social Sciences (WSTC Prep)
700174Tertiary Study Skills in Social Science (WSTC Prep)

Students must pass the following University level units

700158Human Rights, Peace and Development (WSTC)
700268Introduction to International Relations (WSTC)
700267Issues in World Development: Rich World, Poor World (WSTC)
700159People, Place and Social Difference (WSTC)
700051The Individual in Society (WSTC)
700049Understanding Society (WSTC)
700139Working with Communities (WSTC)
700140Working with Cultural Differences (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Social Science following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

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.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies.

Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campus

Year 2

400337Social Research Methods
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

And

Three units from M1095:

102367Complex Emergencies and International Guidelines
200859Human Resource Development
102368Emergency Field Operations: Supply Management and Logistics

And three elective units

Or

Two units from M1096:

101572Development and Sustainability
200859Human Resource Development

And four elective units

Year 3

101552Applied Social Research

And two elective units

And

Four units from M1095:

102369Public Health Response in Complex Emergencies

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

Or

Four units from M1096:

101569Sustainable Futures

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

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

Majors

M1095Humanitarian Preparedness and Response
M1096Human Rights, Protection and Development

Recommended Electives

200101Accounting Information for Managers
300790Agriculture, Food and Health
101570Alternatives to Violence
101968Civil Society in Contemporary China
101870Climate Change and Culture
101595Community and Social Action
101632Community Work & Development
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
200859Human Resource Development
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
101593Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems
300810Resource Sustainability
101753Revaluing Indigenous Economics (Day Mode)
101569Sustainable Futures
101591The Economics of Cities and Regions
101342The Urban Context


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