University of South Australia

Human Services

Interested in Human Services?

Graduate with knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences, as well as the skills needed to work across a diverse range of fields in human services and social policy.

Study a specialised social science degree in human services or ageing and disability that is recognised by industry, and graduate with more than 500 hours of placement experience to develop your practical skills, build industry networks and and be part of the next generation of social change. 

Human Services

Delve into the world of human services and understand how behaviour is affected by cultural, environmental, psychological and political factors – and what you can do to have a meaningful impact. Gain the expertise to support those who have experienced personal or social difficulties and build your practical experience in our state-of-the-art Social Work and Human Services Studio on campus, where you will take part in simulated, real-life scenarios.

Ageing and Disability

Develop the skills to support individuals, families and carers involved with the elderly and people living with disabilities. Learn to navigate major systems such as the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and My Aged Care policies, inform social policy development, enhance service provisions, explore ethical practice and promote social inclusion within the sector. 

Key features

  • Study at a university ranked No.1 in SA for learner engagement in the Humanities1.
  • Learn a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Sociology2.
  • Get practical experience and build pivotal networks with supervised local, rural and international industry placements totalling 500 hours.
  • Work alongside practitioners and highly skilled academic staff in simulated real-world scenarios, and our on-campus Social Work and Human Services Studio.
  • Benefit from flexible study options, including online and intensive courses.
  • Explore pathways using prior study credit into the Master of Social Work.

12021 Good Universities Guide – Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences (Undergraduate).  22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

  • Study at a university ranked No.1 in SA for learner engagement in the Humanities1, and a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Sociology2.
  • Learn from industry professionals – our academics have a very practical approach to learning, and you’ll work on real projects and get real experience. You’ll also use the latest technologies and learn in state-of-the-art teaching spaces.
  • We’re rated five stars for excellence in research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation3. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.
  • Access hands-on learning opportunities and connect with industry professionals right from day one.
  • Choose from flexible learning options to suit your needs and lifestyle including online, on-campus, full-time and part-time study.
  • Explore our wide range of grants and scholarships to support your studies.
  • We are consistently recognised and awarded for our excellence in teaching, the quality of our degrees and satisfaction of our students – there's never been a better time to study at the University of South Australia.

12021 Good Universities Guide – Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences (Undergraduate).  22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  32020 QS Stars Ratings.

UniSA offers the following Human Services degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

As the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

Careers to consider include:

  • 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
  • Counsellor (with further study): work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems
  • Project manager: use your managerial expertise to manage individual projects; work to meet deadlines and budget requirements
  • Policy adviser: review, develop and implement policies and strategies
  • Policy development officer: this is an advisory role where you will be responsible for analysing data and advising policymakers
  • Social researcher: plan, design, conduct, manage and report on a range of social topics, including crime, healthcare, social services and unemployment
  • Youth worker: provide practical and emotional support to children and young people
  • Family support worker: provide assistance and guidance to children and families in need; family support workers are often employed by adoption agencies, protective service agencies, or family services organisations

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA- founded universities only.

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Department of Child Protection – SA Government
  • SA Health
  • Centacare

Industry facts

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Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 39,300 (24.3 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment 2019

 

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Study at UniSA

The University of South Australia is a leading provider in Psychology, Social Work and Human Services qualifications. Our graduates are equipped with an in-depth knowledge of human behaviour that prepares them to make a real impact on 21st-century people and communities.

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What others are saying

"As part of this degree’s placement course, I had the opportunity to work as a drug and alcohol counsellor for Drug Arm in Hillbank. This amazing experience allowed me to put to practice counselling capabilities learnt throughout the course as well as case management skills."

Guy Yardley

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)
Employment: Case Manager, Department of Child Protection, South Australia

Guy Yardley

Guy Yardley

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)
<br />Employment: Case Manager, Department of Child Protection, South Australia

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA- founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and innovation.*
*2020 QS Stars Ratings