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Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) (Community Development and Indigenous Studies)

Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) Major Community Development & Indigenous Studies (BHSH)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 32 units

  • 4 years or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Strengthen community connections

Are you passionate about issues impacting the community and working to improve community living for all groups of people? Interested in learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and perspectives in contemporary society?

This program is delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff at USQ to enable students to develop the ability to work with and within Indigenous communities in culturally appropriate and effective ways. Throughout the Community Development and Indigenous Studies major, you will be challenged to critically analyse and debate contemporary issues that affect communities, such as:

  • ethics and social welfare
  • environment
  • gender and racial equality
  • social justice, and
  • the Law.

 The Honours component of this degree involves completing a research project on a topic of choice under the supervision of a staff member. The Honours program can also provide further exposure and industry experience, preparing you for an exciting career in the human services industry. 

Professional accreditation

USQ has provisional accreditation for the Bachelor of Human Services (Community Development and Indigenous Studies) with Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). If you successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours of professional placement (fieldwork) courses you will be eligible to apply for ACWA accreditation.This major has a mandatory 3-day residential school as part of the ACWA accreditation requirement.

Graduates can work as community development officers or human service professionals in government and community settings, social care institutions, or organisations that design and offer programs and services to Indigenous communities.
Other majors in the Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) include: Child and Family Studies, Counselling, Health and Social Wellbeing and Human Resource Management.
Courses to be studied Units
14 x core courses 16
plus 1 x 8-unit Community Development and Indigenous Studies major 8
plus a second 8-unit major
      or 2 x 4-unit minors
      or 1 x 4-unit minor plus 4 x approved courses
      or 8 x approved courses
Total 32

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns. 

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6560
Domestic full fee paying AUD 20000

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

This is the 2018 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.

The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 16/64. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2018.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 906815
Ipswich 936811
Toowoomba 906811