The University of Newcastle, Australia

Program handbook

Description

Supporting families in their diversity of form and need is a priority in most nations and requires a skilled and highly educated workforce capable of working with complex issues in varied cultural, social and political contexts. The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies (GCertFamStud) provides students with comprehensive multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake policy development and service delivery directed towards strengthening families. The programs cater to the needs of people transitioning from a generalist degree into professional roles, those already working as practitioners and/or managers in family services, or those looking to build careers in policy or practice in the field of Family Studies. Throughout the program, students will be provided with several opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills required for successful professional roles in this field. Students have the option of an industry based project that provides a pathway into the international and domestic family services sector. Students will also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of research methodologies as they apply to practice fields related to Family Studies.

From 2021 a face-to-face offering of the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies will be available to those international on-shore students who are part of the agreement between the University and the Indonesian Government. Students selected by the Indonesian Government as part of the agreement will be subject to UON International student entry requirements.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Apply highly skilled professional application of a variety of methodological, practical and theoretical approaches in Family Studies, to a range of professional contexts
  • Practically apply professional knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between communities and families to a range of professional contexts
  • Apply advanced professional skills to the integration of multi and trans-disciplinary approaches to families through practice skills, research or other scholarly work
  • Apply professional skills and knowledge to evaluate, analyse and advocate for programs and policies that enable appropriate supports for families in specific national and/or international contexts

Details

Information correct as at14 Aug 2020 10:35 am
Program code12276
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 0.5 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters and Trimesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. School of Health Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code0100470

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Minimum of a three year undergraduate degree; or a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, with a minimum of three years' experience in a related field, as demonstrated by a CV and Statement of Service.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students undertake 10 units of Core Courses and 30 units of Directed Courses.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Course

Complete the following core course to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC6106Foundations in Family Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed A Courses

Choose a minimum of 10 units from this list.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC6105Engaging Families and Communities
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6126Engaging Fathers in Family Work
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6127Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed B Courses

Choose a maximum of 20 units from this list.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC6105Engaging Families and Communities
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6112Father-Infant Attachment and Co-Parenting: Theory and Intervention
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6126Engaging Fathers in Family Work
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6127Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6506Evaluation and Evidence-based Practice
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6516Embedded Counselling Skills for Family PractitionersNot currently offered10 units
HLSC6519Applying a Trauma Informed Approach in Family Work
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

International Family Studies Specialisation

This Specialisation is only available to those students admitted into the program under the MORA/UON/NIAFS agreement.

Compulsory Courses

Students enrolled in the International Family Studies Specialisation must complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC6105Engaging Families and Communities
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6107Family Diversity
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6511Special Project in Family Studies
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

International students can only study this program online offshore.  Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Strategies for program-specific online student support will be developed in consultation with participating students.


Additional support

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes "reasonable accommodations" under Anti-Discrimination legislation.