The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
    Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
    Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
Mode of delivery

Online

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

UON program code: 12277

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 Master of Family Studies (MFamStud) 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.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • applied advanced specialist knowledge and skills in the application of a variety of methodological, practical and theoretical approaches in Family Studies, to a range of professional contexts
  • Practically applied advanced knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between communities and families to a range of professional contexts
  • Applied advanced skills to the integration of multi and trans-disciplinary approaches to families through practice skills, research or other scholarly work
  • advanced 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
  • advanced understandings of the strengths and challenges of families as they manifest in different cultural and geographical locations
  • specialist knowledge, skills and capacities for effective participation and communication in diverse family program and policy contexts

Details

Information correct as at20 Aug 2019 3:20 AM
Program code12277
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeTrimesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. School of Education
  2. School of Humanities and Social Science
  3. School of Health Sciences
  4. School of Medicine and Public Health
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Minimum of a three year degree in any area related to Family Studies or extended by a related postgraduate qualification. Applicants with a four year undergraduate degree in a related field or with other postgraduate qualifications or related experience, as demonstrated by a CV and statement of service, are welcome to seek credit in the Master degree.

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 and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Students eligible to articulate from the Grad Cert in Family Studies to the Master of Family Studies will be awarded 40 units of internal credit towards either the 80 unit or 120 unit program.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

120 units

Program duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

Program requirements

The Master of Family Studies consists of 120 units for AQF level 7 admission or 80 units for AQF level 8 admission.

Program requirements for the Master of Family Studies:

60 units of Core Courses; plus

20 units of Directed Courses for AQF level 8 admissions

OR

60 units of Directed Courses for AQF level 7 admissions.


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 Courses

Complete the following 60 units of Core Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC6106Foundations in Family Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6107Family Diversity
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6126Engaging Fathers in Family Work
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6127Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6507Family-Centred Practice Across The Lifecourse
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6519Applying a Trauma Informed Approach in Family Work
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed Courses List A

Complete a minimum of 10 units from this list

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC6105Engaging Families and Communities
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6112Father-Infant Attachment and Co-Parenting: Theory and Intervention
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6505Families and Migration
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6506Evaluation and Evidence-based Practice
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6510International Perspectives on Family Policy
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6511Special Project in Family Studies
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6514Child-Centred Practice in Family WorkNot currently offered10 units
HLSC6516Embedded Counselling Skills for Family PractitionersNot currently offered10 units

Directed Courses List B

Complete a maximum of 10 units from this list

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6163Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6145Motivating Health Behaviour Change
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6210Qualitative Methods in Health Research
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
SOCA6640Social Science Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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 University policy on Students with Special Needs is implemented at all times. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.