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Key details

Duration

3 year/s full-time
6 year/s part-time
3 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
Onshore - Semester 1, Semester 2
Offshore - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

240

Course code

WHAD01
SATAC/UAC codes
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Overview

The Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development is an inter-disciplinary degree that will teach you to understand, critically analyse and apply concepts of community development, humanitarian practice and development aid.

During the course, you'll explore concepts in a variety of fields including culture studies, sociology, ethics, Indigenous knowledge, community development, international humanitarian assistance and development, project management, and language studies. You'll learn from academics and industry practitioners who have a professional focus on national and international community work, disaster relief and development.

Hands-on experience matters in the industry, which is why you'll complete a two-week intensive unit at our Casuarina campus in Darwin. This will give you the knowledge and practical skills to work in humanitarian assistance.

In your final year, you'll also complete a 400-hour placement with a community-based, humanitarian or development aid organisation in Australia or overseas. International placements are available with industry partners, including in the Asia Pacific.

With an unprecedented number of displaced people across the world seeking life-saving relief, there is a growing need for skilled and trained humanitarian and development aid workers. This degree will give you the knowledge and skills to provide support for those affected by man-made and natural disasters, poverty and social injustice.

Professional recognition

The Human Services major of this course is accredited by Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). To receive ACWA professional body recognition students need to complete all 6 units in the Human Services group of units in the course structure.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2022 is AUD $25,328.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study community services & social work at CDU?

Study Social Work with us and make a real difference to local communities, families and individuals, or in the humanitarian aid industry abroad. You'll gain knowledge and skills through placements, intensive units and theoretical knowledge, and graduate as a culturally competent specialist ready to create change.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • #3 in Australia for social work starting salaries (GUG 2022)
  • Flexibility and support to study full-time or part-time, on campus or online

What will I study?

The course is made up of 240 credit points of core, common and elective units. This includes introductory units in:

Course structure

  • social work
  • psychology and sociology
  • direct practice with individuals and groups
  • community work and development
  • project management
  • legal issues
  • social policy
  • remote and regional practice

In order to participate in two compulsory placements in your second and third year, you'll need to satisfy the requirements of a criminal history check.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
 Core Units
 (17 units)
 180cp Compulsory Core units totalling 180 credit points as detailed below.

HAD100 Introduction to Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Development
IAS101 Indigenous Australia
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140 2022)
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
HAD250 Humanitarian Needs Assessment
HCS261 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice (WIL) 
IAS201 Cultural Capabilities
IAS222 Global Sociology
MAN204 Project Management
DEM300 Community-Based Risk Management
DEM311 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
HCS351 Professional Practice Placement (20 CP)
HCS365 From Theory to Practice - Aid and Development 
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities
SWK312 Social Research Methods 
SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice 
IAS402 Intercultural Practice

 Specialist Electives
 (6 units)
 60cp Specialist Elective units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below. Students may focus on one area or choose a combination of units from any area.

To receive Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) professional body recognition students need to include all 60 credit points as specified below in the selection.

HUMAN SERVICES (ACWA accredited major)
IAS133 Introduction to International Relations
SWK102 Communication Skills
SWK201 Human Service Organisations
IAS352 Practices and Skills in Indigenous Community Work
SWK313 Engaging with Individuals and Families in Partnership
SWK316 Building Safe Communities

INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT
IAS102 Northern Exposure
IAS161 Language Studies 1 
IAS202 Northern Futures
IAS242 Indigenous Governance and Leadership
IAS351 Indigenous Networking and Collaboration
IAS352 Practices and Skills in Indigenous Community Work (added S1, 2022)
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment

SKILLS FOR HUMANITARIAN PRACTICE 
IAS122 Ethics and Happiness (unit title change 2022)
IAS133 Introduction to International Relations
ENV202 Introductory Remote Sensing
ENV208 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
LWA221 Human Rights Law (No longer offered 2021)
DEM312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management 

DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE 
MAN105 Introduction to Management
QAB105 Quantitative Analysis for Business
MAN212 Organisational Behaviour
SWK316 Building Safe Communities (added S1, 2022)
IAS336 Major Issues in Contemporary Indonesia
IAS404 In-Country Placement

   240cp  Total Credit Points

 

    Students who commenced in or after 2013
    No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

    Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
    * not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
    * a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

    Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

    COURSE CHANGES 2022

    • Human Services (ACWA accredited major) added.
    • IAS133 removed from Development in Practice selection and added to Skills for Humanitarian Practice.
    • PSY140 has been replaced by PSY150. Students that have completed PSY140 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY150.

    Study plan

    Students commencing in Semester 1

    The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

    When designing an individual study plan:

    • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
    • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
    • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
    Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

     

    Semester 1 Semester 2
    Year 1
    IAS101 Indigenous Australia CO IAS201 Cultural Capabilities CO
    SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO HAD100 Introduction to Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Development CO
    PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140) CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
    Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE
    Year 2
    MAN204 Project Management CO IAS222 Global Sociology CO
    HCS261 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice (WIL) (SP2) CO HAD250 Humanitarian Needs Assessment CO
    DEM300 Community-Based Risk Management CO Specialist Elective 5 SE
    Specialist Elective 4 SE Specialist Elective 6 SE
    Year 3
    IAS402 Intercultural Practice CO HCS351 Professional Practice Placement (20 credit points) CO
    DEM311 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context CO HCS365 From Theory to Practice - Aid and Development  CO
    SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities CO SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice  CO
    SWK312 Social Research Methods  CO    

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    Students commencing in Semester 2

    The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

    When designing an individual study plan:

    • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
    • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
    • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
    Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

     

    Semester 1 Semester 2
    Year 1
        IAS201 Cultural Capabilities CO
        HAD100 Introduction to Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Development CO
        Specialist Elective 1 SE
        Specialist Elective 2 SE
    Year 2
    IAS101 Indigenous Australia CO IAS222 Global Sociology CO
    SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO HAD250 Humanitarian Needs Assessment CO
    PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140) CO Specialist Elective 4 SE
    Specialist Elective 3 SE Specialist Elective 5 SE
    Year 3
    MAN204 Project Management CO HCS351 Professional Practice Placement (20 credit points) CO
    HCS261 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice (WIL) (SP2) CO HCS365  From Theory to Practice – Aid and Development CO
    IAS402 Intercultural Practice CO SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice  CO
    Specialist Elective 6 SE    
    Year 4
    DEM300 Community-Based Risk Management CO    
    DEM311 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context CO    
    SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities CO    
    SWK312 Social Research Methods  CO    

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    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

    • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
    • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
    • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
    • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
    • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
    • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
    • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
    • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
      ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
      ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
      ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

    * After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

    Essential requirements

    You will require a National Police Clearance from the Australian Federal Police, a Working with Children Card (OCHRE Card or equivalent) and a first aid training certificate (in time to start your placements).

    English language requirements

    To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

    The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

    IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
    Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
    TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

    * All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
    * Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

    Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

     

    ATAR profile

    The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

    ATAR based offers only ATAR
    (excluding adjustment factors)
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest rank to receive an offer <5 <5
    Median rank to receive an offer <5 <5
    Highest rank to receive an offer <5 <5

    Notes
    "<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

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    Course details

    Accreditation

    This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

    Inherent Requirements

    There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

    Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Student profile

    The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    23 56.0
    B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 17.0
    C. Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/P
    D. Recent secondary education
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

    <5 N/P
    International students 6 15.0
    All students 41 100.0

    Notes
    "<5" - the number of students is less than 5
    N/A - Students not accepted in this category
    N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

    Additional information

    Can offers be deferred?
    Yes
    Award
    Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development
    Faculty/College
    College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
    Sector
    HE
    Area of study
    Community Services and Social Work, Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management, Health

    Contact details

    For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

    Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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    How to apply

    There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

    Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

    SATAC

    SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

    UAC

    UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

    MyNextCourse

    Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

    International applications

    Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

    You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

    Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

    International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

    If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

    SATAC/UAC codes

    Location
    SATAC Code
    UAC Code
    Casuarina campus (CSP)
    104631
    590460
    Online (CSP)
    104631
    590460
    * CSP = Commonwealth supported place
    FF = Full fee

    CRICOS codes

    Location
    CRICOS Code
    Casuarina campus
    0101028

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