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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)
  • CRICOS: 090789A

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

Strengthen community connections

The last intake into this program will be Semester 2, 2019.

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. 

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 international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
On-campus AUD 26270
External/Online AUD 20360

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.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4 SA) or equivalent. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

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.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How to apply

CRICOS: 090789A

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

Credit for previous study or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.