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Children and Family Studies Major


Equips students with knowledge and skills of working in leadership positions with children, families and communities in a range of fields.

These fields include early education and care, family support, parent education and policy and service development.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

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

Professional Recognition

  • This Major has been Accredited by: Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

    Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) have professionally accredited this course. To meet the professional accreditation requirements with ACWA, students selecting this major as part of the Bachelor of Social Science must undertake certain units including 400 hours in the community and social science field.



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN1101Ecology of Children and Families 115
CSV1103Interpersonal and Helping Skills15
CSV1101Introduction to Community Work15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN1102Ecology of Children and Families 215
CHN1103Working with Infants and Toddlers15
CSV1102Introduction to Social Analysis15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN3130Purpose of Play15
CSV2111Community Development15
CSV2109Vulnerable People and Communities15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV2108Culture, Equity and Diversity15
CHN3203Child Rearing15
CSV2116Ethics in Human Services15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN3113Children and Family Studies Professional Placement30
CSV3101Social Policy15
CHN3206Designing Family Support Programmes15
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

  • This major includes two professional placement components. The first one is undertaken in the first year of study, while the second is a year-long placement undertaken in the third year of study.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students are required to provide evidence of a valid Working With Children Check.

    Professional practice rules

    Professional Placement requirements are determined by Australian Community Workers Association and by Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

This major prepares graduates for a range of positions in the family support, early education and care, and community development field in local, state government and in the not-for-profit sector.

Possible future job titles

Early Childhood and Care Educator, Children Services Coordinator, Coordinator of Parent Education and Early Intervention Programs, Family Support Officer/Coordinator, Community Development Officer/Coordinator, Policy Officer

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.