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Want to break into the Social Sciences, but not quite ready for an intensive course? During this course, you’ll discover topics like social analysis, sociological theory, social research methods and social policy. It will also introduce you to counselling theories, human development and human behaviour.


Qualification Title Qualification Title


Study Options – Domestic Australian students Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time or Part-time

On-Campus or online

Study options – Overseas students Study options – Overseas students


Start Dates Start Dates

19 February 2018, 4 June 2018, 17 September 2018

Course Length Course Lenght

Full-time: 1 year

Full-time accelerated: 7 months

Part-time: 2 years


Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 56

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed.

For International applicants equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5.

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Finance Options - Domestic Australian students Finance Options - Domestic Australian students

FEE-HELP, or flexible payment options available

Course study requirements Course study requirements

Face to Face

  • Each subject includes a 3 hour lecture once a week for 12 weeks
  • Study Time commitment = 7 hours per week

Flexible Online Learning

  • Each subject runs for 12 weeks
  • Study Time commitment = 10 hrs (per subject) per week
Assessment Assessment

A variety of written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing

Location Location

Sydney Campus

Delivered by Delivered by

Jansen Newman Institute (JNI)

Accrediting body Accrediting body

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

CRICOS Course code CRICOS Course code



This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

This subject explores aspects of counselling as a form of interpersonal communication and considers the role of self and culture, as well as important relational skills such as perception, listening and reflection. Students learn about different modes of interpersonal communication including verbal, nonverbal, written and oral, as well as the barriers to effective communication and approaches for overcoming them.

The subject also examines how different types of relationships (family, work, personal, and social groups) can be enhanced through effective communication. An informed awareness of power and rank is discussed.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject students are introduced to influential counselling theories, including Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theories, Person-centred Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

The subject utilises a range of experiential learning strategies including skills modelling and case studies, and introduces students to the counselling interventions used for each of these models. Such understanding is further developed in COU104 Applied Counselling 1, where students have the opportunity to observe and practise some of the therapeutic interventions used within these modalities.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

This subject introduces students to the field of developmental psychology and explores what drives or motivates human behavior. It examines the key life stages of birth, early and later childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, ageing and death, taking into account their social and cultural contexts. Students are introduced to the work of scholarly work on the subject of human development.

Drawing on a diversity of disciplines, topics include theories of attachment, cognitive and social development and the role of families and communities in supporting healthy development.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject, students are introduced to the core skills for counselling and change work, with specific reference to working with adults. The subject provides students with an opportunity to develop their counselling skills in an interactive and supportive learning environment with feedback from others, and to begin considering their preferred counselling style. The interrelationships between counselling theories and models and skills are explored. This subject also focuses on the research into counselling outcomes and effective change processes.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject, students are introduced to the interdisciplinary practice of social analysis and its role in understanding the various human elements and social institutions that constitute our communities and societies. It covers a variety of important social theories through which to understand human practices, identities and social structures. In particular, students learn how cultural, historical, economic and political factors shape the human experience.

Students develop social analysis skills to critically examine how human and social elements shape our views about equality, justice and fairness. The subject encourages students to assess the relevance of these elements to our social and professional relations.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject students examine the nature and practice of social policy development through a study of key public policy areas such as education, health, welfare, the family, crime and law and order policy, drug and alcohol policy and employment policy. The focus of policy discussions is primarily within the context of Australian social, economic and political systems.

Students examine the theoretical underpinnings of policy development, the role of politics and lobby groups in influencing social policy, the policy process, and how policy decisions are monitored and evaluated. The role of associations, such as NCOSS and ACOSS, and churches in monitoring the impact of government policy and advocating for vulnerable groups within society are also examined, with a view to students considering ‘how else’ policies can be informed and used effectively to bring about change and improvement to social conditions.

This is a core unit for the Counselling and Community Services majors.

This subject introduces students to the structure, purpose and nature of the Australian health care system and community services. It explores the many contexts, settings and roles within this area of work, including the policies, theories and practices applicable to this field. Students learn about the important role and function of occupations in community services, and the practices involved such as advocacy, lobbying, networking, and support and service coordination. Students develop an understanding of the variety of community sector organizations that operate in Australia, sources of funding provided by local, state and federal governments, and the challenges, barriers and opportunities for accessing and providing the relevant but scarce resources to those in need. Attention will also be given to community development and programs through examples such as public housing, Indigenous community development, community consultation and public fora.

This is a core unit for the Counselling and Community Services majors.

This subject provides the context for understanding health and well-being in Australia. It begins by exploring the critical perspectives associated with defining health and well-being, and what impacts these definitions have on various sections of the community, especially those considered most marginal. Health policies, perceptions and promotional activities are analysed as to their impact on health equity and access to services and resources for various sections of the population. The health of individuals, community and society is also discussed in terms of the workplace, the environment and the proximity to service centres such as cities and towns. Students learn about current debates and the impact of service-users, consumer advocates and worker responses. International policies and research will inform many of the discussions.


If you study online, you are required to attend compulsory practical workshops ineither Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. These give you the chance to meet lecturers and fellow students, and gain the experience and confidence needed to work effectively after graduation.

In addition, online students are required to attend the following residential programs:

  • COU101A Interpersonal Communication – 2 days
  • COU104A Applied Counselling 1 – 2 days

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all JNI qualifications are nationally recognised and government-accredited. In addition, JNI’s Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Studying on campus will offer you a high level of motivation and personal interaction between your lecturers and fellow students. At JNI we understand that you might be new to tertiary study or may be returning to study after an extended period away. When coupled with the myriad of priorities of modern life, students need concrete, practical support. JNI’s faculty and administration are there to offer support. Our average theory class size is 20, so you will have excellent access to lecturers. There is a wide range of personal, academic and professional support available including academic writing, referencing training and assignment feedback through JNI’s Student Support Coordinator.

JNI offers a learning structure that fits your lifestyle, with a flexible balance of supported and independent study complemented by high quality study materials. You’ll receive all your study materials by mail before your course begins. These are designed to let you learn anywhere, while you schedule your study times to suit your needs. Units are delivered through a state-of-the-art learning portal that has been purpose built for JNI. Each unit is facilitated by a dedicated online lecturer who guides the learning process and provides academic support.
During your course, you’ll be able to connect with your lecturers and fellow students through group activities and various communication channels, including discussion forums, message boards, blogs and wikis. You’ll be able to monitor your own progress with self review quizzes and receive immediate results and feedback. Assessments are submitted and marked online.
You’ll also have access to one of the largest online libraries in Australia, with over 70 million articles available. The qualification you receive as an online student is identical to qualifications gained on campus.

All units start and finish within a 12 week period. Most units (with the exception of fieldwork units) require around 7-10 hours of study per week.

A full-time student can do up to 4 units and each unit consists of one 3 hour lecture per week. Classes run 4 times a day but are not repeated over the day or the week.

Every JNI course includes compulsory workshops that you will need to attend at the JNI campus in Sydney. The duration of these workshops ranges from two to five days.
These workshops have been designed to help you put your theoretical knowledge into practice, so you graduate with valuable practical experience. They also present a great opportunity for you to meet your lecturers and other students face-to-face.

JNI operates a network of clinics across Sydney and has partnerships with a range of external organisations which offer placements. JNI also has a full-time Field and Clinic Placement Manager who may be able to assist you in securing placements.
If you live outside Sydney, you can undertake your clinical training and/or fieldwork in your local area, subject to JNI’s approval.

JNI offers a high level of support to online students. You’ll receive:

One-on-one support to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills
Extensive resources

There are three start dates a year. Ask our Course & Careers Advisor for upcoming start dates.

All JNI courses are FEE-HELP approved. Almost every Australian citizen is eligible for FEE-HELP, meaning you do not have to pay anything upfront, but can pay for your course as you earn.
You may also be eligible for Abstudy and Youth Allowance. Applications for these are assessed by Centrelink, so you should contact your nearest Centrelink office to discuss your eligibility.