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Master of Human Services (Child Protection)

Not offered in 2011

MHumServs(ChildProt)

80 cp

Minimum duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Course available at:
Canberra ACT*
*(Available only to Sponsored Cohort)

EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

1. Admission Requirements1

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed one of the following prerequisites:

  1. four year Bachelor degree in a human services discipline (eg psychology, education, social work, sociology, welfare studies, youth work or related discipline); or
  2.  
    1. three year Bachelor degree in a human services discipline; and
    2. three years work experience in human services; or
  3.  
    1. three year Bachelor degree in another discipline; and
    2. Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services or Graduate Certificate in Catholic Identity and Leadership; and
    3. five years work experience in human services; or
  4.  
    1. three year Advanced Diploma in Welfare or equivalent; and
    2. five years work experience in human services.

2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree

2.1 To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 60 cp from Core Units; and
  2. 20 cp from Electives.

2.2 A student who has completed one of the following may be granted up to 40 cp advanced standing:

  1.  
    1. a four year degree in human services; and
    2. a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services or Graduate Certificate in Catholic Identity and Leadership;
  2.  
    1. a three year degree in human services;
    2. three years experience in human services; and
    3. a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services or Graduate Certificate in Catholic Identity and Leadership;
  3.  
    1. a three year degree in any discipline or three year Advanced Diploma in Welfare or equivalent;
    2. five years experience in human services; and
    3. a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services or Graduate Certificate in Catholic Identity and Leadership.

3. Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services may exit from the course with that award.

Schedule of Unit Offerings

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Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

Core Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
SOCI608 10 Contemporary Human Services Management
SWTP602 10 Leadership in the Human Services Organisation
SWTP603 10 Professional Supervision and Consultation in the Human Services
SWTP605 10 Child Protection Context and Policy
SWTP615 10 Families with High and Complex Needs
YSED610 10 Working with Children and Young People

Elective Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
COUN615 10 Leadership and Communication
COUN616 10 Relationship and Family Counselling
(Pre: COUN601 Counselling Theories and Techniques and COUN626 Counselling Practice Skills2)
COUN620 10 Grief and Loss: Issues and Approaches
(Pre: COUN626 Counselling Practice Skills2)
COUN622 10 Mediation and Conflict Resolution
(Pre: COUN626 Counselling Practice Skills2)
LEGL504 10 The Legal Environment
(Inc: EXSC661 Sports Law and the Regulatory Environment)
LEGL505 10 Duty of Care
PHIL506 10 Ethics in a Faith-Based Context
(Inc: SWTP618 Ethics of Human Services Practice)
SOCI607 10 Managing the Research Process
SWTP604 10 Special Studies in the Human Services
SWTP616 10 Models of Intervention in Human Services
SWTP617 10 Cross-Cultural Practice
SWTP618 10 Ethics of Human Services Practice
(Inc: PHIL506 Ethics in a Faith-Based Context)
THEO567 10 Catholic Ethos and Social Teaching
THEO667 10 Theology of the Human Person
YSED600 10 Principles of Effective Youth Work
YSED601 10 Critical Issues, Young People and Schooling
YSED602 10 Young People at Risk
YSED604 10 Youth Cultures
YSED607 10 Justice and Young People

Other elective approved by the Course Coordinator


1 A student must also comply with the Admission Rules.
2For students who enter the course with recognised expertise in counselling, this prerequisite may be waived by the Course Coordinator.