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Human Services Major


Focuses on understanding the rights of people to have access to professionals and services that provide support to minimise harm in their everyday lives.

There are two complementary streams within this major, social science and social work. These streams provide the student with knowledge and skills in working with people across the community services sector. The social science stream focuses on community work, helping and interpersonal skills, cultural and gender dimensions, social policy, social research, leadership and management, and challenges the student to consider viewing and solving societal issues from a number of perspectives. The social work stream, undertaken in the third year of study, focuses on social work theory and practice, and includes a field placement.



Availability & Campus

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

Professional Recognition



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN1101Ecology of Children and Families 115
CSV1101Introduction to Community Work15
CSV1103Interpersonal and Helping Skills15
YWK1220Youth Issues15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN1102Ecology of Children and Families 215
CSV1102Introduction to Social Analysis15
CSV1203Working with Groups15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN3203Child Rearing15
CSV2109Vulnerable People and Communities15
SWK2111Aboriginal Histories of the Present15
CSV3101Social Policy15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV2108Culture, Equity and Diversity15
CSV2115Leadership and Management in Community Services15
CSV2116Ethics in Human Services15
CSV3114Social Research and Program Evaluation15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK3110Organisational Contexts15
SWK3113Social Work and Mental Health15
SWK3112Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Advanced Interpersonal Skills15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK3116Field Placement 145
SWK3121Social Work Theory and Practice 2: A Focus on Theories15

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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse the social, cultural, global and political factors influencing the issues children, families and communities face.
  2. Collaborate in team project settings to produce measurable outcomes and evaluate team processes in both formal and informal settings.
  3. Demonstrate a deep, broad and coherent understanding of the rights that people have to access professional services that provide support to minimise harm in their everyday life.
  4. Demonstrate initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving, and decision making when creating environments that support people's wellbeing.
  5. Demonstrate technology, information and numeracy literacy to locate, apply and evaluate information relevant to working with children, families and communities.
  6. Efficiently engage, collaborate and communicate with individuals, families and communities to meet common goals and objectives in building environments that support people's wellbeing.
  7. Engage in constructive personal evaluation and demonstrate the knowledge and skill requirements for graduate entry level employment in the human services field.
  8. Exercise critical thinking and judgment to identify and solve problems that may arise with individuals, families and communities that may affect their level of functioning.
  9. Identify sustainability issues and make decisions based upon their full environmental, social, cultural and economic implications.
  10. Integrate different disciplinary approaches to highlight complex and ambiguous social problems in innovative approaches to resolutions.
  11. Review, analyse and synthesise knowledge to strategize methods and approaches to support people and communities to work together and meet common goals.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

This major prepares students to work in a leadership position in some areas of the community services sector and ensures they are workplace ready. The major has also been designed to meet the specified callings for potential employment in the Department for Child Protection and Family Support.

Possible future job titles

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

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