Course Details

Course Code SS17
Level Undergraduate
QTAC Code 094201
Duration 3F/6P
Entry Requirements Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent); English language proficiency requirements apply
Assumed Knowledge English – SA (QCAA) (or equivalent)
Mode On Campus, Mixed Mode
Credit Points 240
Starting Semesters 1 & 2
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 092836E

General Information

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science is a three-year course (full time equivalent) and is available on both a full time and part time basis. The course is designed to provide students with broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and future learning in applied social science discipline areas.

Broadly speaking, the Bachelor of Applied Social Science reflects a desire to engage meaningfully and positively with the important questions of human experience, to the development of the individual, to the improvement of society and to the development of skills and understandings in the area of people helping. Specifically, the course has emphases in theoretical understanding of, and practical skills working with, diverse groups of human beings and the issues they face in modern society, and of the roles and skills required of those working in contemporary applied social sciences contexts. The Bachelor of Applied Social Science also serves as preparation for students to engage in further studies at the postgraduate level.

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science comprises a program of core and elective units. The first year of the course (full time equivalent) comprises a program of core units that introduces students to concepts regarding Christian worldview, the skills and processes required for academic and professional communication within a higher education context, and foundational knowledge and understanding associated with the applied social sciences. The second and third years of the course (full time equivalent) comprise further core units and the opportunity for students to undertake a specialisation within a particular discipline area. The areas from which students may undertake a specialisation are:

    • Chaplaincy;
    • Community aid and development;
    • Community mental health;
    • Disability and aged care;
    • Family support and child protection;
    • Human behaviour; and
    • Youth work

Within their particular discipline area, students undertake either a practicum stream or a coursework stream.

The practicum stream offers units in theory, skills, current and emerging issues and reflective practice, together with 400 hours of practicum placements, in the chosen specialisation. The benefits of this stream include:

                • focus on practical application of skills and knowledge;
                • experience working in the specialisation;
                • experience working with a mentor;
                • ability to observe others in the specialisation to gain additional industry expertise;
                • potential to network with other professionals in the specialisation;
                • variety of experience and transference of knowledge; and
                • hands-on experience.

The coursework stream offers units in theory, skills, current and emerging issues and reflective practice, as well as an extended self-directed project, in the chosen specialisation. The benefits of this stream include:

                • focus on a specific area of interest in the specialisation;
                • development of evidence-based knowledge to feed into the specialisation;
                • development of a project to assist in the workplace; and
                • development of analytical and evidence-based report writing skills for informing change in the specialisation.

Students should note that certain units can be completed on campus only, in either Internal or Intensive modes (as offered). Further information is available from the School of Social Sciences Administration Office or in the Bachelor of Applied Social Science information contained in the Social Sciences Courses Handbook.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science is 10 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Social Science (SS04) may articulate into the Bachelor of Applied Social Science. Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Social Science may exit with the Diploma of Social Science (subject to the completion of course rules).

Course Accreditations

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science is:

                • accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
                • approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science is an innovative program that gives students expertise in social science theory, skills and implementation. Students gain general knowledge and skills to situate them into the broader social welfare sector as caseworkers, group facilitators, group workers, planning officers, support workers or carers, while the discipline areas give specific knowledge and skills for possible employment in the following capacities:

                • chaplaincy (schools, hospitals, armed forces, industry, aged care facilities and churches);
                • community aid and development (international organisations, NGOs, government agencies and churches);
                • community mental health (allied health profession, NGOs and government agencies);
                • disability and aged care (allied health profession, aged care facilities, disability services, individual carers, NGOs and government agencies);
                • family support and child protection (child welfare and protection services, family support services; community services sector, NGOs and government agencies);
                • human behaviour (consultative and support roles, NGOs and government agencies); and
                • youth work (churches, faith-based organisations, youth drop-in centres, youth welfare organisations, NGOs and government agencies).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, was conducted in the English language or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.

Examination Minimum result
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all subtests or subdomains
ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Rating) Not accepted
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 575 or better (pBT – paper-based); 90 or better with no subscore lower than 20 (iBT – internet-based)
STAT (Special  Tertiary Admissions Test) 156 or higher in the Verbal component

Personal suitability requirements

Students who wish to enrol in the practicum stream of the course and who will be engaging in placements with young people under the age of 18 are required to procure a Blue Card issued by the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA) of the Queensland government (or equivalent from the jurisdiction in which they reside). Students will not be permitted to commence a practicum placement until they provide details of their current Blue Card (or equivalent) to the School of Social Sciences Practicum Manager.

Course Structure

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science consists of core units and elective units. CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the School of Social Sciences Administration Office at socsciadmin@chc.edu.au.

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

Core units

Unit summary Sample unit outline
CS115 Foundations of a Bible-based Christ-centred Worldview Download
CS215 Contours for a Bible-based Christ-centred Worldview Download
CS315 Christianity and Worldviews Download
SO100    Academic and Professional Communication Download
SO102    Introduction to Applied Social Theories Download
SO110    The Person of the Practitioner Download
SO112    Introduction to Human Behaviour Download
SO114    Foundational Interpersonal Skills Download
SO115    Introduction to Applied Social Science Contexts Download
SO212    Emerging Issues in Sociology Download
SO223    Ethics, Policy, and Professional Issues in the Social Sciences Download
SO224    Relationships and Families in Sociological Perspectives Download
SO225    Foundations of Community Engagement Download
SO310    Transformational Theology for Applied Social Science Practices Download
SO311    Management in Applied Social Sciences Contexts Download
SO312    Reconciliation in Contemporary Contexts Download

Areas of specialisation

The areas from which students may undertake a specialisation are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Chaplaincy;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Community aid and development;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Community mental health;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Disability and aged care;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Family support and child protection;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Human behaviour; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Youth work.

Chaplaincy

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
CH240    Chaplaincy: Theoretical Perspectives Download
CH241    Chaplaincy: Skills and Strategies Download
CH342    Chaplaincy: Contexts and Issues Download
SO343    Reflective Practice Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum 1 Download
SO231    Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330    Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222    Research Methods Download
SO393    Guided Literature Review Download
SO394    Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download

Community aid and Development

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
CD240    Community Aid and Development Download
CD241    Community Development Skills Download
CD342    Urban Community Development Download
CD343    Christian Community Practitioners Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum I Download
SO231    Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330    Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222    Research Methods Download
SO393    Guided Literature Review Download
SO394    Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download

Community mental health

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
MH240  Theoretical Approaches to Community Mental Health Care Download
MH241  Skills and Interventions for Community Mental Health Care Download
MH342  Emerging Issues in Community Mental Health Care Download
SO343    Reflective Practice Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum I Download
SO231    Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330    Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222    Research Methods Download
SO393    Guided Literature Review Download
SO394    Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download

Disability and aged care

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
DC240    Disability and Aged Care: Theoretical Perspectives Download
DC241    Disability and Aged Care: Skills and Processes Download
DC342    Disability and Aged Care: Current and Emerging Issues Download
SO343    Reflective Practice Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum 1 Download
SO231    Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330    Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222    Research Methods Download
SO393    Guided Literature Review Download
SO394    Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download

Family support and child protection

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
FC240    Family Support and Child Protection: Theoretical Perspectives Download
FC241    Family Support and Child Protection: Skills and Processes Download
FC342    Family Support and Child Protection: Current and Emerging Issues Download
SO343    Reflective Practice Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum 1 Download
SO231    Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330    Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222    Research Methods Download
SO393    Guided Literature Review Download
SO394    Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download

Human behaviour

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
CO221   Group Processes Download
HB241    Social Psychology Download
HB342    Contemporary Technology and Human Behaviour Download
HB343    Neuroscience and Human Behaviour Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum 1 Download
SO231    Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330    Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222    Research Methods Download
SO393    Guided Literature Review Download
SO394    Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download

Youth work

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
YO240    Youth Work: Theoretical Perspectives Download
YO241    Youth Work: Skills and Strategies Download
YO342    Youth Work: Current and Emerging Issues Download
SO343    Reflective Practice Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum 1 Download
SO231    Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330    Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222 Research Methods Download
SO393    Guided Literature Review Download
SO394    Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download