Give others the tools to make positive change in their lives.
This program is politically progressive, grounded in critical, anti-racist and pro-feminist theoretical approaches. Using innovative teaching to build your capacity and commitment to anti-oppressive practice, you’ll be well-prepared for work in social justice and community welfare upon completion.
Gain exposure to the theory and values base of human services practice, and develop practical skills to ensure your success. You’ll extend your understanding of the nature of contemporary society, individual, family and community behaviour; critically analyse social problems, and learn about social welfare arrangements in Australia.
Focus your studies in a specialist area through your chosen electives and be offered work integrated learning opportunities, to gain real world experience. Two separate field education placements in human services agencies are arranged for students, providing a total of 500 hours placement experience. These placements are designed to meet the requirements of the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety Services.
At the end of your degree, choose from careers in community agencies, government organisations and the private sector and apply for membership with the Australian Community Workers Association.
Child safety officer, case manager, disability services worker, youth worker, families support worker, community development worker, community corrections officer.
This program is accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), with which students and graduates are entitled to apply for membership.
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (7) 84 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
COU176 Group Processes and Practice
COU180 Introductory Counselling Skills
SCS101 Foundations of Human Behaviour
SCS110 Introduction to Sociology: Society, Culture and Change
SCS130 Introduction to Indigenous Australia
SWK172 Social Work and Human Services Practice
Developing and Graduate courses (11) 156 units
SCS201 International Community Development and Global Justice
SCS235 Social Justice, Welfare and the State
SCS251 Working Effectively with Aboriginal People
SCS273 Human Services Placement 1 (24 units)
SCS274 Human Services Placement 2 (24 units)
SWK277 Working With Children, Youth and Families
SWK278 Ethical Practice in the Helping Professions
SWK302 Community Development and Social Action
SWK303 Complexity and Social Work: Group-Based Approaches
Select 2 required courses (24 units) from:
INT140 An Introduction to Australian and Comparative Politics
SCS210 Indigenous Australia and the State
SCS225 Social Research
SCS230 Understanding Society: An Introduction to Social Theory
SCS290 Understanding Cultural Diversity
SCS295 Gender and Culture
SWK285 Health & Mental Health in Australia
SWK286 Disability: Culture, Community and Change
Elective courses (4) 48 units
The School of Social Sciences recommends students use these electives towards a minor from those listed below:
- Australian Studies
- Comparative Studies
- Development Studies
- Indigenous Studies
- Politics and International Relations
- Public Policy
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
In order to commence field education placement you must:
- Hold a valid Blue Card, throughout the duration of your program, which is issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG). You should allow 12 weeks for CCYPCG to issue the card. Note: students who do not possess a valid Blue Card will be unable to complete the field education component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements
- Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state/territory authority)
- Travel to attend field education placements
- Please note, while all endeavours will be made to place students in a given semester, this is not guaranteed and students may need to enrol at a later time should a position in an agency be unavailable in the preferred semester
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Apply for your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.