Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

  • Effective from: 2016
  • Approved Abbreviation: BHuman&DevtSt
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1735
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 088714E

This program applies to students who commenced in 2016 or later.

The Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies covers all aspects of disaster management, humanitarian assistance, and development to equip students with the required skills, knowledge, and practical experience (i.e. humanitarian crisis simulation + international placement) that make them ready to work with national and international government and non-government organisations implementing short- and long-term life-saving programs. The degree provides a theory-driven and as well as a comprehensive field experience package that enhance students’ learning, research skills, real world experience, and career readiness. The international placement opportunity requires students to obtain a medical clearance, and a Working with Children check for certain organisations.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Melissa Phillips

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal See above

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

 

Special Requirements

Students will need to complete a Working with Children Check and obtain medical clearance to enrol in subject HUMN 3101 Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence.

All students must enrol in and complete

  • the 70 credit points of Bachelor of Social Science Core Subjects,
  • a 100 credit point major and
  • 70 credit points of electives.

The recommendation is that electives are chosen from the Recommended Electives list.

Bachelor of Social Science Core Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
CULT 3001Applied Social Research10
CULT 2005Ethics in the Social Sciences10
HUMN 1041People, Place and Social Difference10
HUMN 2066Investigating and Communicating Social Problems10
BEHV 1021The Individual in Society10
CULT 1017Understanding Society10
CULT 1020Working with Communities10
Total Credit Points70

Majors

Note: Students can complete both majors.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
Select one subject from the chosen major 10
Select one recommended elective from the list below 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
Select one of the following: 20
Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete one major subject and one recommended elective from the list below
 
Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development major complete two major subjects
 
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
Select one subject from the chosen major 10
Select two recommended electives from the list below 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
Select one of the following: 30
Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete two major subjects and one recommended elective from the list below
 
Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development major complete one major subject and two recommended electives from the list below
 
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
Select one subject from the chosen major 10
Select two recommended electives from the list below 20
 Credit Points40
2H session
HUMN 3100 Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement 10
HUMN 3101 Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement 20
 Credit Points30
Summer A session
HUMN 3102 Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections 10
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
Select one of the following: 20
Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete one major subject and one recommended elective from the list below
 
Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development major complete two major subjects
 
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
Select one subject from the chosen major 10
Select one recommended elective from the list below 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
Select one of the following: 30
Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete two major subjects and one recommended elective from the list below
 
Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development major complete one major subject and two recommended electives from the list below
 
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
Select one subject from the chosen major 10
Select two recommended electives from the list below 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
2H session
HUMN 3100 Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement 10
HUMN 3101 Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement 20
 Credit Points30
Summer A session
HUMN 3102 Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
Select one subject from the chosen major 10
Select two recommended electives from the list below 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Recommended Elective Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
ACCT 1001Accounting Information for Managers10
AGRI 2006Agriculture, Food and Health10
HUMN 3009Alternatives to Violence10
HUMN 1008Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies10
HUMN 2014Civil Society in Contemporary China10
HUMN 3023Climate Change and Culture10
HUMN 2015Community and Social Action10
WELF 2002Community Work & Development10
WELF 1002Context of Human Services10
PUBH 2005Culture, Diversity and Health10
TEAC 2018Education for Sustainability10
ENVL 3003Environmental Risk Management10
HLTH 3007Global Nutrition, Food and Community10
HUMN 3043Globalisation and Sustainability10
HUMN 3049Home and Away: Ethnicity and Migration in Australia10
WELF 2008Human Rights, Human Services and the Law10
WELF 1003Human Services Intervention Strategies10
LAWS 3029Immigration and Refugee Law10
CULT 3016Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective10
LAWS 3034International Criminal Law10
WELF 3007Leadership, Alliances, Sustainability (Block Mode)10
BUSM 101610
WELF 2011Management and Community Organisations (Block Mode)10
BUSM 1023Managing People at Work10
HUMN 2037Peace-Making and Peace-Building10
HUMN 1041People, Place and Social Difference10
ENVL 3005Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems10
BIOS 1030Resource Sustainability10
HUMN 2048Revaluing Indigenous Economics (Day Mode)10
HUMN 3077Sustainable Futures10
HUMN 2053The Economics of Cities and Regions10
CULT 1022Working with Cultural Differences10

Equivalent Core Subjects

The subject listed below counts towards completion of this program for students who passed this subject in 2018 or earlier.

HUMN 3073 - Social Sciences International Placement, replaced by HUMN 3100 Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier.

CULT 1020 - Working with Communities, replaced by HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies

HUMN 2049 - Social Research Methods, replaced by HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

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