Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

JCU's Bachelor of Arts majoring in Human Services is a professional degree that prepares you for work with marginalised and vulnerable people. It is concerned with social policy, community planning and development, education and capacity building, and organisational practice and social responsibility.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus; Off campus
Prerequisites
English
OP/Rank
19/61

Career opportunities

Human Services is a professional practice field that involves assisting and supporting people and communities to overcome difficulties and life changes. 

Our graduates contribute to a socially just world and are employed in areas such as the youth and criminal justice system, community planning and development, social policy development disaster relief, child and family services and aged care.

Course highlights

You will gain practical skills and experience through field trips and individual and group projects. You will be taught by highly-qualified professionals with many years of professional human service experience. Our close research and working relationships with government agencies and local community groups ensure your learning is relevant and practical.

Course overview

This is a flexible course, including some online learning and some compulsory residential periods on the Townsville campus.

Study areas include: 

  • Human Rights and Social Issues 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice
  • Organisational Practice
  • Working in Child and Family Welfare
  • Interpersonal Skills

You are also able to study a second major, without extending your study duration. Complementary majors are Psychology, Sociology, Criminology and Indigenous Australian studies.

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311031) - Apply now
Cairns (321031) - Apply now

Subjects

BA – Human Services Major

Major code

BAR-HUS

Credit point value

24 credit points for single major

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

WS1006:03 Self in Professional Helping

WS1005:03 Human Rights and Social Justice

Level 2

WS2511:03 Professional Values and Ethics

WS2510:03 Interpersonal Practice or WS2121:03 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Skills & Frameworks for Practice

WS2513:03 Community Work

WS2512:03 Organisational Practice or WC2001:03 Australian Women’s Studies

Level 3

WS3027:03 Social Welfare Practice with Children and Families or WS4503:03Social Work and Mental Health

WS3025:03 Group Work or WS3214:03 Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Handbook

Bachelor of Arts

Course code

115710

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English(4,SA)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Study plans must include:

A minimum of 42 credit points must be taken at levels 2 and 3, of which, at least 18 credit points must be at level 3.

Additional information

The psychology major is NOT an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Integrate knowledge of the diversity of cultures and peoples, their differences and commonalities, especially with respect to Indigenous cultures and peoples

  • Appraise the place and role of Australia and Singapore in the Asia-Pacific region and the tropics worldwide

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, claims, and evidence

  • Apply critical thinking, independent judgement, intercultural sensitivity, and national, regional and global perspectives, to identify and solve problems in at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas, through proficiency in written and spoken English language and numeracy, appropriate to their audience and in a range of modes and media

  • Demonstrate capacity for reflection, planning, ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary team work in diverse contexts of community engagement, professional work and/or scholarship

  • Identify and have potential to act and reflect upon opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

Course Structure

Course Structure – Townsville, Cairns

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of level 1 or 2 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY or WS

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 3 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY or WS

PLUS

Select a single or double major

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a minor from Table B

PLUS

Select a second Minor from Table B or 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a second major from Table A

TABLE A (ARTS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External

Not all subjects available internally.  Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Human Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

 
Modern Languages

Cairns

Townsville

External

Language streams available are:
- French
- Japanese
- German
- Italian

Not all streams are available in Cairns and not all streams are available externally

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology Studies

Cairns

Townsville

If you plan to practise as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

Not all subjects are available internally, and not all subjects are available externally

Table B (MINORS)

Type of Minor

Mandatory in the Single Major option

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Biodiversity Assessment

Townsville

TES minor

Coastal & Marine Management

Cairns

Townsville

TES minor

Conservation

Townsville

TES minor

Corporate Environmental Management

Cairns

Townsville

TES minor

Criminology

Townsville

External

 

Data Science and Big Data Analytics

Townsville

TES minor

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

French

Cairns

Townsville

 

German

Cairns

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

 

Indigenous Studies

Cairns

Townsville

Not all subjects available internally.  Cairns and Townsville students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode

Infrastructure & Planning

Cairns

Townsville

TES minor

Introduction to Marine Biology

Townsville

TES minor

Italian

Cairns

Townsville

 

Japanese

Cairns

Townsville

 

Land & Water

Cairns

Townsville

TES minor

Multimedia Writing

Townsville

 

Paleontology

Townsville

TES minor

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

Not all subjects are available internally, and not all subjects are available externally

Spatial Science

Townsville

TES minor

Urban Design

Cairns

Townsville

TES minor

Course Structure (Singapore)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 21 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of undergraduate level 3 subjectsfrom the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select a major from Table C

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE C (ARTS MAJORS - SINGAPORE)

Type of major

Mandatory

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Psychology Studies *

Singapore

Students planning to practise as a registered psychologist will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies.

* subject to approval by CPE

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Singapore

Not all majors are available in Singapore

Townsville

Not all majors are available in Townsville

External

Not all majors are available externally

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 or 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

The Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points for Creative Media, Humanities or Social Sciences subjects not taken as part of an Arts major.  Also does not apply to the core subjects BA1001, BA1002, SS1010 or BA3000.

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Students may apply for exemption from language subject pre-requisite requirements on the basis of prior learning or demonstrated and appropriate experience in the relevant language. Students admitted to the advanced streams in the Modern Languages major will not be given credit for foundations subjects in the same language.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Approved abbreviation

BA

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 48 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Advanced Diploma of Arts orDiploma of Higher Education.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional year of study.

Eligibility

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across the undergraduate degree and/or a grade point average of 5.0 in the final year of the undergraduate degree, with credits or better in specific discipline areas.

Honours

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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