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Human Services and Community Work Major


Provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work with people and communities in diverse settings.

This major covers community work, interpersonal and helping skills, cultural and gender dimensions, social policy, social research, leadership and management, and challenges students to consider viewing and solving societal issues from a number of perspectives.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

Professional Recognition


Students can apply for membership with Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK1220Youth Issues15
CHN1101Ecology of Children and Families 115
CSV1101Introduction to Community Work15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV1103Interpersonal and Helping Skills15
CSV1102Introduction to Social Analysis15
CHN1102Ecology of Children and Families 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV2109Vulnerable People and Communities15
CSV2111Community Development15
CSV1203Working with Groups15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV2116Ethics in Human Services15
CHN3203Child Rearing15
CSV2108Culture, Equity and Diversity15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV3101Social Policy15
SWK3113Social Work and Mental Health15
CSV3113Professional Placement30
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV2115Leadership and Management in Community Services15
CSV3114Social Research and Program Evaluation15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Important notes

  • Students are required to complete a year-long professional placement unit of 400 hours.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students must apply for a Working With Children Check. Students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of their practicum.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad social science knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical contexts.
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and analyse complex social science knowledge and issues.
  3. Think creatively to generate and challenge knowledge in the social cultural space.
  4. Use digital technologies and related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  5. Communicate social science knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for culture, and diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values held within the social science field.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

This major prepares the student to work as a human services worker, community worker and in leadership positions in some areas of the community services sector.

Possible future job titles

Community Worker, Community Development Officer, Community Support Worker, Family Welfare Officer, Parent and Early Intervention Program Coordinator, Child and Family Support Worker, Child Protection Worker.

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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Become World Ready

Specialised Social Science majors

We are the only university in Western Australia to offer specialised majors in Children and Family Studies and Human Services within a Social Science program.

This gives our Social Science graduates a broader range of career options.