HCSF courses

The cluster for Healthy Communities and Social Futures offers a range of study options from undergraduate through to PhD research. Explore a sample below.

Undergraduate degree level courses

The courses below are taught on a rotation in the areas of Linguistics, Speech Pathology and Social Work in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Bachelor of Arts as well as a number of other programs at the University of Newcastle.

Postgraduate taught degree level courses

Honours degree level courses

Honours level courses are embedded in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) and Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degrees. Linguistics also features in both the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degrees where students can pursuer research theses through the courses LING4070 Linguistics Thesis 1 and LING4080 Linguistics Thesis 2.

Some areas of particular staff expertise include:

  • Indigenous languages of Australia and the Pacific
  • Language Typology
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Bilingualism
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Linguistic Theory – Phonology, Syntax, Semantics

Higher Degrees by Research (HDR)

Our HCSF staff supervise a range of research thesis topics for Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in their specialist areas of expertise. We encourage students to discuss criteria and topics with their potential supervisors well in advance of their application.

Learn more about thesis guidelines

Research topics

PhD and Masters by Research proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • Language documentation and description
  • Australian and Pacific descriptive language projects
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Bilingualism
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Evidence-based social work
  • Knowledge production and transfer in social work
  • Strength-based community development
  • Neoliberal managerialism and its impact on social work
  • Family estrangement
  • Social policy
  • Child protection
  • The relationship between social work and art
  • International and Indigenous social work
  • Social work supervision
  • Community development and natural disasters
  • Disability policy and person centred practice
  • Child and family well-being
  • Rural social work
  • Natural disaster planning, response and recovery
  • Social support and early childhood intervention
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Rural social work
  • Child and adult fluency
  • Child and adult augmentative and alternative communication
  • Communication disabilities
  • Communication in healthcare interactions
  • Dysphagia
  • Mealtime safety and oral care in populations with lifelong disabilities
  • Social media use by people with communication disabilities
  • Clinical linguistics
  • Language and ageing
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Communication in acquired neurological disorders
  • Clinical education
  • Speech pathology in disadvantaged and/or developing communities
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