courses

4040

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 titleAssDegCommWelf&Couns
CRICOS code073105J
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/4040
Course coordinator

Dr Chris Laming

Notes

  • 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 five years to complete this course.
  • 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 must also take several off-campus placements.

Description

This course prepares graduates for competent and ethical community welfare practice. The associate 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. Emphasis is placed on the practical and vocational elements of professional practice.

Students complete a structured sequence in community welfare and counselling, and two practice placements in community and human service organisations. The study program focuses on counselling, group work and community development.

Outcomes

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 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, casework and case management and community development.

Fieldwork

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).

Structure

This course consists of five compulsory units, a major sequence in community welfare and counselling and two electives.

Requirements

Students complete the following:

(a.) a prescribed sequence in community welfare and counselling (54 points):

  • ATS1361 Governing inequality: Foundations of social welfare provision
  • ATS1362 Interpersonal practice and counselling skills
  • ATS1363 Counselling and group work skills
  • ATS2713 Field education and practice
  • ATS2822 Advanced counselling and case management
  • ATS2823 Community development
  • ATS2825 Social issues and personal values
  • ATS2850 Human services management and practice

(b.) three compulsory supporting units at first year (18 points):

  • ATS1251 Introduction to Indigenous Australian studies
  • ATS1367 Sociological reflections on everyday life
  • ATS1369 Understanding university learning

(c.) two first-year electives (12 points)

(d.) two compulsory supporting units at second-year 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

(e.) a further 6 points in arts at level two

Progression to further studies

On successful completion of this course, students may be eligible to apply for entry to one of the following courses:

  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability

Award(s)

Associate Degree of Community Welfare and Counselling