Diploma in Social Science/Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

  • Approved Abbreviation: DipSocSc/BHumDevStud
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 6027
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096980J

This program applies to students who commenced in Term 1, 2022 or later. 

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year Term 2 2021 - please refer to 6027.2 - Diploma in Social Science/Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

For Commencement Year Term 2 2017 - Term 1 2021, please refer to 6027.1 - Diploma in Social Science/Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

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 first year of this program is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Social Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the program.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For program advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Program Advice’. For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies.

Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

Study Mode

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

Program Advice

College Program Enquiries
 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal Garry Stevens
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal Garry Stevens
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

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 program with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Special Requirements 

Working with Children Check where required and for international placements, a medical clearance to enrol in HUMN 3101 Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 260 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

The early exit College Diploma consists of 100 credit points which includes two College Preparatory subjects.

Western Sydney University The College Subjects

Nirimba, Bankstown and Penrith Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credit Points
First Term of Study  
LANG 0003 Academic English (WSTC Prep) 10
CULT 0006 Key Concepts and Skills in the Social Sciences (WSTC Prep) 10
BEHV 1023 The Individual in Society (WSTC) 10
Second Term of Study  
CULT 1019 Understanding Society (WSTC) 10
HUMN 1042 People, Place and Social Difference (WSTC) 10
HUMN 1062 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies (WSTC) 10
Third Term of Study  
HUMN 1029 Human Rights, Peace and Development (WSTC) 10
CULT 1023 Working with Cultural Differences (WSTC) 10
POLI 1003 Introduction to International Relations (WSTC) 10
HUMN 2033 Issues in World Development: Rich World, Poor World (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points100
 Total Credit Points100

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Social Science following a passing grade in all of the above subjects. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above subjects.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory subjects before progressing to the Year Two subjects.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level subjects in Year One before progressing to the Year Two subjects.

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.

Western Sydney University Subjects

For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies.

Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies

Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campus

Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Autumn sessionCredit Points
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
One subject from the chosen Major 10
And two recommended electives from the list below 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
Select from the following Majors: 30
Students in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Major complete:  
Two Major subjects
 
One recommended elective from the list below
 
Students in Human Rights, Protection & Development major complete:  
One Major subject
 
Two recommended electives from the list below
 
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
One subject from the chosen Major 10
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 Points160

Majors

Recommended Electives

Subject Title Credit Points
ACCT 1001Accounting Information for Managers10
AGRI 2006Agriculture, Food and Health10
HUMN 3009Alternatives to Violence10
HUMN 2014Civil Society in Contemporary China10
HUMN 3023Climate Change and Culture10
HUMN 2015Community and Social Action10
WELF 2002Community Work & Development10
CULT 3007Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice10
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 1044Leadership in Complexity10
WELF 2011Management and Community Organisations (Block Mode)10
BUSM 1023Managing People at Work10
HUMN 2037Peace-Making and Peace-Building10
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

Replaced  Elective Subjects

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

HLTH 2002 - Agriculture, Food and Health, replaced by AGRI 2006 Agriculture, Food and Health

Equivalent Subjects

The subject listed below count towards completion of this program for student who passed this subject in 2020 or earlier. CULT 1021 Working with Communities (WSTC), replaced by HUMN 1062 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies (WSTC)