About This Course
Young people are actively involved in shaping our world. So, what will this world look like for all of us in the future? How will life be better for citizens of the next century? The Tabor Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work) is developed around a central, optimistic ideology – that young people enrich society. Such enrichment requires unity and collaboration. Human experience is fundamentally relational and Tabor believes that any society is made better by the presence of multiple voices.
The Tabor program is designed to promote the critical need for a collective voice in shaping our future world. This belief, grounded in the social sciences and our own spiritual values, drives us to play a role in the ongoing struggle for justice and to help young people excel in an interconnected society.
Formation is at the heart of the Tabor Youth Work program. We build our program around the idea of the professional youth worker – a practitioner who possesses both self and contextual awareness, spiritual intelligence and an ethical core. This individual is able to work courageously and creatively amidst the ubiquitous complexities, challenges and chaos of human service in the real world.
Our own Youth Work experience has enabled us to develop a nationally recognised curriculum which prepares students for real world opportunities. Through the course, students participate in practices of personal, professional, intellectual and spiritual formation. This, in conjunction with their portfolio of relevant practice skills, ensures our graduates exemplify the principles of praxis and emerge as valuable Youth Workers.
The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work) degree is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of roles across the youth sector. Our graduates have attained youth oriented careers in:
- Community Case Management
- Faith Based Pastoral Roles
- Police and Corrections
- Public Sector
- Local Government Community Development
- Health Sector
- School Based Pastoral Support
- Housing Support
- Event Coordination
- International Development
- Adventure Recreation
- Child Protection
Read Rebecca’s experience of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Youth Work).
Undergraduate Certificate in Youth Practice
The Undergraduate Certificate in Youth Practice introduces students to the essential working knowledge and skills of youth work, with a focus on reflective practice, cultural consciousness, and building professional relationships.
Diploma in Applied Social Science
The Diploma of Applied Social Science introduces you to the areas of social science and counselling or youth work. It will provide you with the fundamentals of social analysis and insights into human development and behaviour. It will orientate you to some research methodologies and social policies. This course is offered fully online unless you choose the Counselling Skills specialisation subject which needs to be done on campus.
Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
For more than 30 years, Tabor has been teaching students what it means to listen. And we mean really listen – without agenda, prejudices or judgment. Counselling another human through a challenging time in their life can be truly transformational for the individuals involved.
- Introduction to Sociology
- Professional Communication Skills
- Working with Aboriginal Australians and Diaspora Communities
- Exploring Practices for Spiritual Formation
- Theory & Practice of Group Work
- Theological Reflection in Life and Work
- Engaging the Christian Scriptures
- Human Services and Case Management
- Professional Ethics
- Working with Mental Health
- Working with Grief, Loss and Trauma
- Exploring Contemporary Spirituality *
* Subjects offered in alternate years.
- Theory & Practice of Youth Work
- Youth Sector Orientation and Networking
- Community Development for Youth Work *
- Theories of Youth *
- Social Geographies of Youth *
- Youth Work Field Ed. 1 (Minor Placement)
- Youth Work Field Education 2 (Major Placement)
* Subjects offered in alternate years.
- Elective 1
- Elective 2
- Elective 3
- Elective 4
Options vary and are subject to availability.
How long does it take?
3 years (36 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.
What do I need for entry?
Completion of Certificate IV or above
Qualify for mature age entry
When can I start?
Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July