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Humanities, Social Science and Education

Humanities, Social Science and Education

Specialisations
The
Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines cover a range of
specialisations involving the study of people, cultures and institutions.
Specialisations include:

Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islanders Studies;

Advocacy;

Aged Care;

American Studies;

Alcohol
and other Drugs Work;

International Relations;

Asian Studies;

Politics;

Children’s Services;

Anthropology;

Community Services;

Archaeology;

Counselling;

Behavioural Management;

Disability Services;

Cognitive Science;

Fitness;

Curatorial Services;

Interpreting;

Education;

Language;

Early Learning;

Leisure and Health;

Geography;

Mental Health;

History;

Social Science;

International Relations.

Sport and Recreation;
Youth Work;

Welfare Services;

Certificate
Diploma
Advanced
Diploma
Bachelor
Degree
Graduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Diploma
Masters
by research/coursework
PhD

Qualifications
Humanities,
Social Science and Education programs are offered at the following
qualification levels:

TAFE and
private colleges typically offer vocational programs through Certificates,
Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. These allow students to gain practical job
skills, typically in Community Services and General Studies. Universities offer
more specialised Bachelor Degrees, Graduate Certificates, Postgraduate
Diplomas, Masters, Professional Doctorates and PhDs.
Many of these
programs allow graduates to work as accredited professionals. There are,
however, some exceptions. Some TAFEs and Colleges might offer Bachelor programs
and universities, Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs. Pathways are available
for students wishing to link their programs and reduce the amount of time of
their total study.

University Programs

Universities
usually offer a wide range of specialist and general programs within the
Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines. A number of these
programs lead to accreditation as professionals. Examples of degrees include:

LEVEL
QUALIFICATION

Undergraduate
Bachelor
of Arts; Bachelor of Psychology; Bachelor of Social Work; Bachelor of Education; Bachelor of TESOL;

Postgraduate
Graduate
Certificate of Sociology; Postgraduate Diploma of Theology; Masters of Professional Ethics and Governance; PhD.

Undergraduate
Admission into
the Humanities, Social Science and Education programs varies. Typically,
general education programs offered as a major through Bachelor of Arts have
lower entry requirements then the more specialised programs such as Psychology,
Education and Social Work. Some programs do require students to have completed
prerequisite subjects for admissions.
Examples of
admission levels include:

Bachelor of Arts – 5 points at A Level in a minimum of two subjects to 8
points at A Levels. Some institutions require prerequisite courses for
admission depending on the chosen specialisation.

Bachelor of Social Work – 5 points at A Level in a minimum of
two subjects to 9 points at A Levels. Some universities only offer
graduate entry programs. Students are required to have completed an
Australian Bachelor Degree or equivalent for admission.

Bachelor of Psychology – 5 points at A Level in a minimum of
two subjects to 12 points at A Levels.

The majority
of specialised programs offered through universities involve a practical
component. An example of this is teacher training for Bachelor of Education and
placements for Bachelor of Psychology and Social Work.
Students
enrolling in a Bachelor of Education are usually required to enrol in a dual
degree in their preferred teaching area. For example, a student wanting to
teach mathematics might enrol in Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Science
(Mathematics).
Alternatively,
some institutions offer graduate entry Bachelor of Education courses. These are
designed for students who have completed a general Bachelor Degree and would
like to earn the qualifications to allow them to teach in that area.

Postgraduate

At a postgraduate level a number of institutions offer conversion programs for students who have completed a non-related undergraduate program and wish to change careers.

Advanced postgraduate coursework and research programs are also offered. Postgraduate research programs usually require students to have completed a Bachelor Degree with Honours I or II. Select universities do have pathways available to students wishing to complete a research degree without Honours.

Pathways

A number of pathways link VET with university studies in the Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines.

Professional Associations
Graduated
students may be eligible for membership in the following Australian
professional bodies:

Language
and Literature
Association
for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Association
for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New
Zealand (ASLE-ANZ) Alliance
of Literary Societies (ALS) –
UK American
Literature Association (ALA) National
Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) New Zealand
Book Council International Federation of Language Teacher
Associations (FIPLV)

Politics

Australian
Political Studies Association
American
Political Science Association (APSA) Canadian
Political Science Association (CPSA) European
Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) International
Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) International
Political Science Association (IPSA) Political Studies Association (PSA) – UK

Psychology
Australian
Psychological Society (APS) American
Psychological Association (APA) European
Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA) International
Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) International Psychology Students Organisation (IPSO)

Sociology
The
Australian Sociological Association (TASA) American
Sociological Association (ASA) European
Sociological Association (ESA) International Sociological Association (ISA)

Welfare
Services
Australian
Association of Social Workers (AASW) Australian
Council of Social Service (ACOSS) HandsNet –
US International
Council of Social Welfare (ICSW) International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)

Education
European
Educational Research Association (EERA) Australian
Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Association
for Tertiary Education Managers (ATEM) National
Education Association (NEA) –
US Singapore Teachers Union (STU)

Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities

Teacher;

Aged
and Disability Career;

School Faculty Head;

Community Welfare Officer;

Special Education Teacher;

Psychologist;

Teachers Aide;

Youth and Disability Worker;

Childcare Coordinator/Worker;

Anthropologist;

English as a Second Language Teacher;
Archaeologist;

Archivist;
Social Scientist;

Coach;
Academic/Researcher;

Hostel and Refuge Worker;
Curator;

Social Worker;
Linguist;

Interpreter.

At different times I taught humanities, social sciences and pre-vocational education.
“Difference

– Estelle Morris –