Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBSR

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
095899K

Degree overview

  • Gain hands-on experience and build industry networks with 560 hours of supervised local, rural or international work placements. 
  • Study a double degree in human services and arts.
  • Tailor your degree and select from majors in Sociology, Linguistics, English Language, French, Italian or Japanese Studies.
  • Gain advanced knowledge, skills and intercultural expertise to develop services for individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Benefit from flexible study options, with on-campus, block intensive and online learning available.
  • Work alongside practitioners and highly skilled academic staff in simulated real-world scenarios.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Social Work and Sociology1.
  • Ranked No. 1 in South Australia for Creative Arts Campus Facilities2 and Learning Resources3.
  • Benefit from our on-campus facilities, including the Multimedia Languages Lab and Social Work and Human Services Studio.
  • Immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture through our exchange and in-country study programs.
  • This degree is nationally recognised by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 32021 Good Universities Guide – Undergraduate.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This unique double degree will prepare you to work as a human services professional and develop services and support those that experience disadvantage, personal and social difficulties.

The human services field is a rapidly growing sector of the Australian economy and an emerging area of global focus. Employers, both in Australia and internationally, are increasingly seeking skilled human service practitioners who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Graduates with a strong command of professional English, social policy skills, strong intercultural communication skills, and proficiency in a second language are in high demand.

You will graduate with skills in research, policy and project management, tailored to your area of interest based on your choice of arts majors, choosing from Languages (English Language; French, Italian or Japanese Studies); Sociology; or Linguistics. Through 560 hours of supervised work placement you will be ready to work in a wide range of jobs in human services and community development.

Language students will also be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture through our exchange and in-country study programs.

Many courses within the degree are offered online or in intensive mode, including our exciting summer and winter schools, offering students a flexible mode of study. If you finish your degree with a credit or higher Grade Point Average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the prestigious one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

What you'll need

Students studying this degree will be required to undertake Criminal History Checks through the Department of Human Services (DHS), a SAPOL National Police Record Check, and complete a one-day Safe Environments for Children and Young People course prior to being accepted for work placements. Some placements may also require students to hold a current driver's licence and or additional requirements as requested by a specific placement provider.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop the skills, knowledge and intercultural expertise to support individuals, families, groups and communities both locally and internationally in the community aid and humanitarian sector.

You will also develop diverse knowledge in political, behavioural and social sciences, all within the context of human services. To complement your studies in Human Services, you will complete two Arts majors, choosing from Languages (English Language; French, Italian or Japanese Studies); Sociology; or Linguistics.

You could improve your employment prospects by continuing your studies with a one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Service Provision WELF 1014 4.5
Communication Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 1019 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Aboriginal Australians and the Human Services WELF 2015 4.5
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Australian Social Policy POLI 1012 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Policy Practice POLI 2027 4.5
Working with Community WELF 2010 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, 3)
Human Service Intervention WELF 2012 4.5
Interviewing Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 2020 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Service Project Management WELF 2014 4.5
Case Management WELF 3015 4.5
Major 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1,5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1,5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, 3)
Human Service Field Placement A WELF 3022 9 Rule(s): 3,4
Major 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Service Field Placement B WELF 3014 9 Rule(s): 3,4
Major 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1,5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1,5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies
  • projects and presentations
  • an e-portfolio
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • journals

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services), Bachelor of Arts

Why this Degree

In this double degree you can tailor your learning experience to your interests and career goals.

You will learn from world-class educators and researchers1 and benefit from our on-campus learning facilities, including – for language students - the Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world, and our Social Work and Human Services Studio.

In your studies you will learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers. You will build strong workplace networks when you complete 560 hours of field placements during your final year.

Real-world connections

You will complete 560 hours of work placements during two work placements in your final year. This real-world experience is a major focus and provides valuable hands-on experience and the opportunity for you to build important industry relationships.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

A career in the human services sector requires a strong interest in people; you also need to be able to think clearly and logically, to be compassionate, understanding and patient. If you think you’ve got what it takes, the employment opportunities are excellent, with graduating students quickly finding work in a wide range of fields. Careers to consider:

  • community development officer: employed by a city, neighbourhood or other municipality to ensure the growth, health and vitality of a region
  • community services worker: work with individuals and groups in the areas of psychology, rehabilitation and social work
  • consular officer: issue visas, and offer advice and consular assistance
  • counsellor (with further study): work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems
  • humanitarian worker: facilitate the distribution of aid to people who have been affected by human or natural disasters
  • ministerial advisor: ensure that decisions made by the minister are implemented by agencies
  • project manager: use your managerial expertise to manage individual projects; work to meet deadlines and budget requirements
  • policy developer and analyst: study social problems and develop policies in order to solve them
  • social researcher: plan, design, conduct, manage and report on a range of social topics, including crime, healthcare, social services and unemployment
  • translator/interpreter: assist in communication between two parties and translate either written or spoken words from one language into another
  • youth worker: guide and support young people in their social, educational and personal development
  • policy advisor: review, develop and implement policies and strategies

You could improve your employment prospects by continuing your studies with a one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is recognised by the Australian Community Workers Association. Graduates will be eligible for full membership of the Australian Community Workers Association.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a human services student you will have access to two on-campus Human Services Studios, which are equipped with recording equipment and cameras so you can practice your skills with the help of field practitioners and academic staff. As an arts student you will have access to our on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world.

Your study spaces

Your program director

The program provides diverse career opportunities by connecting you to the real world through teaching and research partnerships with leading and emerging government and non-government human services organisations. The industry connections of academic staff provide immediate context in the teaching of the degree, and you can actively implement your learnings through the opportunity of field placements or internships, leading to employment across a number of sectors.

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