Diploma of Applied Social Science

Build a Foundation for a Fulfilling Career

Take the first step towards a rewarding career in the field of social science through this accredited course. You’ll learn about social analysis, sociological theory, social research methods and social policy, plus gain an insight into human development and human behaviour. Upon graduation, you’ll be qualified for entry-level roles in the counselling and community service sector, and be eligible to move into the further study with advanced standing.

Torrens University is thrilled to build on the 40+ years of excellence of Jansen Newman Institute (JNI), the leading counselling institution in our network to now bring you a university qualification of Diploma of Applied Social Science.

Our passionate lecturers are proud to be sharing their knowledge and experience with you every step of the way on your journey towards your rewarding career. This course is designed in partnership with industry experts to meet real industry demands, with a hands-on approach, and delivered in purpose-built facilities. This will put you at the forefront of the current and future industry as the leader within your profession.

Once you complete the Diploma of Applied Social Science, you will be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services).

QUALIFICATION CODE
CRICOS CODE
097402B

Key Study Outcomes:

About the School

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

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Course Delivery

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week for subjects over 12-week trimesters.

Contact a Course and Career Advisor for more information on full-time and part-time workloads.

Typical assessment includes:

A variety of written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing

Subject Information

This is a core unit for the Counselling and Community Services majors.
This subject provides the context for understanding health and well-being in Australia. It begins by exploring the critical perspectives associated with defining health and well-being, and what impacts these definitions have on various sections of the community, especially those considered most marginal. Health policies, perceptions and promotional activities are analysed as to their impact on health equity and access to services and resources for various sections of the population. The health of individuals, community and society is also discussed in terms of the workplace, the environment and the proximity to service centres such as cities and towns. Students learn about current debates and the impact of service-users, consumer advocates and worker responses. International policies and research will inform many of the discussions.

This is a core unit for the Counselling and Community Services majors.
This subject introduces students to the structure, purpose and nature of the Australian health care system and community services. It explores the many contexts, settings and roles within this area of work, including the policies, theories and practices applicable to this field. Students learn about the important role and function of occupations in community services, and the practices involved such as advocacy, lobbying, networking, and support and service coordination. Students develop an understanding of the variety of community sector organizations that operate in Australia, sources of funding provided by local, state and federal governments, and the challenges, barriers and opportunities for accessing and providing the relevant but scarce resources to those in need. Attention will also be given to community development and programs through examples such as public housing, Indigenous community development, community consultation and public fora.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.
In this subject students examine the nature and practice of social policy development through a study of key public policy areas such as education, health, welfare, the family, crime and law and order policy, drug and alcohol policy and employment policy. The focus of policy discussions is primarily within the context of Australian social, economic and political systems.
Students examine the theoretical underpinnings of policy development, the role of politics and lobby groups in influencing social policy, the policy process, and how policy decisions are monitored and evaluated. The role of associations, such as NCOSS and ACOSS, and churches in monitoring the impact of government policy and advocating for vulnerable groups within society are also examined, with a view to students considering ‘how else’ policies can be informed and used effectively to bring about change and improvement to social conditions.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.
In this subject, students are introduced to the interdisciplinary practice of social analysis and its role in understanding the various human elements and social institutions that constitute our communities and societies. It covers a variety of important social theories through which to understand human practices, identities and social structures. In particular, students learn how cultural, historical, economic and political factors shape the human experience.
Students develop social analysis skills to critically examine how human and social elements shape our views about equality, justice and fairness. The subject encourages students to assess the relevance of these elements to our social and professional relations.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.
In this subject, students are introduced to the core skills for counselling and change work, with specific reference to working with adults. The subject provides students with an opportunity to develop their counselling skills in an interactive and supportive learning environment with feedback from others, and to begin considering their preferred counselling style. The interrelationships between counselling theories and models and skills are explored. This subject also focuses on the research into counselling outcomes and effective change processes.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.
This subject introduces students to the field of developmental psychology and explores what drives or motivates human behaviour. It examines the key life stages of birth, early and later childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, ageing and death, taking into account their social and cultural contexts. Students are introduced to the work of scholarly work on the subject of human development.
Drawing on a diversity of disciplines, topics include theories of attachment, cognitive and social development and the role of families and communities in supporting healthy development.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.
In this subject, students are introduced to influential counselling theories, including Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theories, Person-centred Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy.
The subject utilises a range of experiential learning strategies including skills modelling and case studies and introduces students to the counselling interventions used for each of these models. Such understanding is further developed in COU104 Applied Counselling 1, where students have the opportunity to observe and practise some of the therapeutic interventions used within these modalities.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.
This subject explores aspects of counselling as a form of interpersonal communication and considers the role of self and culture, as well as important relational skills such as perception, listening and reflection. Students learn about different modes of interpersonal communication including verbal, nonverbal, written and oral, as well as the barriers to effective communication and approaches for overcoming them.
The subject also examines how different types of relationships (family, work, personal, and social groups) can be enhanced through effective communication. An informed awareness of power and rank is discussed.

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