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Program Code 12276
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
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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 Graduate Certificate in Family Studies (GCertFamStud) 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.

Why study with us?

The Graduate Certificate in 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.

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

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a three year undergraduate degree; or a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, with a minimum of three years’ experience in a related field, as demonstrated by a CV and Statement of Service.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Credit Transfer

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 the new program, go to and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.  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 Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

Students undertake 10 units of Core Courses and 30 units of Directed Courses.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC6106 Foundations in Family Studies Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC6105 Community Engagement: Cross sector perspectives Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6112 Father-Infant Attachment and Co-Parenting: Theory and Intervention Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6126 Working With Fathers in Vulnerable Families Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6503 Engaging Men and Fathers in Human Services: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6514 Child-Centred Practice in Family Work Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6515 Responding to Risk in Family Work Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6002 Decolonisation: An Australian Context Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6003 Contemporary Aboriginal Studies Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6160 Supporting Communication Skills in Infants and Preschoolers with Additional Needs Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6161 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6162 Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6127 Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6507 Family-Centred Practice Approaches Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6518 Effective Group leadership Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6190 Health Care and the Older Person Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6250 Ageing and Health Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6240 Project Design and Evaluation Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6640 Social Science Research Methods Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
SWRK6200 Transformative Leadership in Human Services Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
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