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Program Code 12277
Graduate Level Postgraduate
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Mode of delivery Online On campus Callaghan + online

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.

The Master of Family Studies is an AQF level 9 Masters Coursework program.

Why study with us?

The Master of Family Studies draws on the research and practice expertise of the University’s internationally renowned Family Action Centre, Discipline of Family Studies, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine. As a Centre engaged in the provision of family programs, research and policy advocacy, the Family Action Centre is well positioned to provide theoretical and practical education that will equip graduates for leading roles in family work positions or for the application of Family Studies in other professional roles in fields where understandings of families are important. The School of Health Sciences is one of the most comprehensive tertiary education providers for the health professions. The University of Newcastle is one of the leading suppliers of online postgraduate coursework in Australia, providing student-focussed support and online assistance to more than 3,000 students from over 60 countries.

Career Opportunities

It is envisaged that Family Studies graduates will work domestically or internationally in specialist areas of family work in the human services sector. Career options include:

* Family Service Manager.

* Family Program Coordinator.

* Research and Policy Officer in government, non-government and corporate sectors.

* Family and Relationship Services Practitioner.

* Specialist family work roles in nursing, allied health, youth work, drug and alcohol, mental health, early childhood, education, law.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

Students with an AQF Level 8 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline (or in a similar cognate area) to Family Studies or equivalent qualifications and experience approved by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Medicine are eligible to undertake the 80 unit program which can be completed in 1 year full time or 2 years part time. See also Additional Selection Criteria for specialisations.

Students with an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline (or in a similar cognate area) to Family Studies or equivalent qualifications and experience approved by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Medicine are eligible to undertake the 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time. See also Additional Selection Criteria for specialisations.

In special circumstances, an applicant holding other acceptable academic or professional qualifications and relevant work experience may be admitted as a candidate for the Master program. See also Additional Selection Criteria for specialisations.

Selection Criteria

Specialisation: Intensive Family Practice To gain entry into this specialisation, a candidate must have: An undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science or equivalent. OR An accredited qualification in counselling at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level OR Previous experience in a family counselling environment in a job role involving the self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, the exercise of independent judgement and decision making, and a range of technical skills.

Students must work in a counselling setting (either voluntary or paid) which provides access to supervised practice with clients.

Credit Transfer

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.

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 new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.

Practical Experience

Students in the Intensive Family Practice specialisation are required to complete supervised practice within a counselling environment. Students must work in a setting (either voluntary or paid) which provides access to supervised practice with clients. The compulsory courses in this specialisation include face-to-face workshops in Newcastle.

Students undertaking the Drug and Alcohol Studies course in the Family Studies program must work in a setting (either voluntary or paid) which allows approximately 14 days of clinical work with clients with alcohol or other drug problems (7 days in each course). Monitoring will be required.

Students undertaking HLSC6511 Special Project are required to complete an industry based project with a Family Services or related organisation.

International Students

The MFamStud program is structured to provide opportunities for off-shore international students. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Strategies for program-specific online student support will be developed in consultation with participating students.

Special Needs

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.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Family Studies consists of 120 units for AQF level 7 admission or 80 units for AQF level 8 admission. Program requirements vary according to specialisation you select:

1. General Family Studies:

*20 units of Core courses; plus
*30 units of Compulsory courses from the General Family Studies stream; plus
*30 units of courses from the Master of Family Studies Directed Courses List for AQF level 8 admissions OR 70 units courses from the Master of Family Studies Directed Courses List for AQF level 7 admissions.
2. Intensive Family Practice specialisation:

*20 units of Core courses; plus
*40 units of Compulsory courses from the Intensive Family Practice specialisation; plus
*20 units of courses from the Intensive Family Practice specialisation Directed Courses List for AQF level 8 admissions; OR at least 20 units of courses from the Intensive Family Practice specialisation Directed Courses List AND no more than 40 units from the Master of Family Studies Directed Courses List for AQF level 7 admissions (for a total of 60 units of directed courses for AQF level 7 admissions).
3. International Family Studies:

*20 units of Core courses; plus
*60 units of Compulsory courses from the International Family Studies specialisation.

*Students admitted to the program on the basis of an AQF level 7 qualification will also need to complete 40 units of courses from the Master of Family Studies Directed Courses List.
4. Working with Men and Fathers:

*20 units of Core courses; plus
*40 units of Compulsory courses from the Working with Men and Fathers specialisation; plus
*20 units of courses from the Master of Family Studies Directed Courses List for AQF level 8 admissions OR 60 units courses from the Master of Family Studies Directed Courses List for AQF level 7 admissions.
Do not select courses from the Directed List if you have already undertaken them as part of your compulsory courses

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HLSC6106 Foundations in Family Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6107 Families and Cultural Diversity Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 70 units from the Master of Familty Studies Directed List - different requirements apply: see Program Requirements Section
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6002 Decolonisation: An Australian Context Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6003 Contemporary Aboriginal Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6160 Supporting communication skills in infants and preschoolers with additional needs Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6161 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6162 Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for children 0-5 years. Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6105 Community Engagement: Cross sector perspectives Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6112 Father-Infant Attachment and Co-Parenting: Theory and Intervention Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6126 Working With Fathers in Vulnerable Families Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6127 Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6503 Engaging Men and Fathers in Human Services: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6507 Family-Centred Practice Approaches Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6514 Child-Centred Practice in Family Work Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6515 Responding to Risk in Family Work Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6518 Effective Group leadership Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6190 Issues in Aged Care Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6250 The Experience of Ageing Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6240 Project Design and Evaluation Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6640 Social Science Research Methods Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SWRK6200 Transformative Leadership in Human Services Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

General Master of Family Studies Specialisation

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
HLSC6127 Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6507 Family-Centred Practice Approaches Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6511 Special Project in Family Studies Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Intensive Family Practice Specialisation

Compulsory Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
HLSC6127 Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6515 Responding to Risk in Family Work Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6516 Counselling Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6517 Counselling Approaches with Couples, Children and Young People Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Intensive Family Practice Directed List (at least 20 units)
HLSC6126 Working With Fathers in Vulnerable Families Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6511 Special Project in Family Studies Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6514 Child-Centred Practice in Family Work Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6518 Effective Group leadership Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

International Family Studies Specialisation

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
HLSC6506 Program Design and Evaluation in International Family Studies Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6507 Family-Centred Practice Approaches Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6508 Families Across the Life-Course Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6509 Family Strengths and Challenges around the World Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6510 International Perspectives on Family Policy Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6511 Special Project in Family Studies Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Working with Men and Fathers Specialisation

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
HLSC6112 Father-Infant Attachment and Co-Parenting: Theory and Intervention Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6126 Working With Fathers in Vulnerable Families Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6503 Engaging Men and Fathers in Human Services: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6511 Special Project in Family Studies Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units