Bachelor of Community Welfare: Brenda Bartlett

Bachelor of Community Welfare: Brenda Bartlett


I’m Brenda Barlett, I’m a Lecturer here
in the Bachelor of Community Welfare at Western Sydney University. Well the
Bachelor of Community Welfare, it’s a great course. It’s a three-year degree where
students learn a lot about working in the human services sector or the
community sector so they learn to work with a wide range of clients so you know
whether they’re young, whether it’s women whether its communities, men, whether it’s
working with indigenous people with people with disabilities, people from
refugee and migrant backgrounds so it looks at working with a wide range of
groups and the course really prepares students to learn the skills
that are necessary so the first year is very much about giving them the big
picture so they learn about Sociology and Psychology and also they learn about
Mental Health which is really great in the first year and then they learn some skills
and some theories and so it’s really important to have some theories to
understand how to work with communities, with clients, with consumers. Students are able
to do placements and so they do 400 hours. It ranges from community
organisations to government departments but also working in disability services
in refugee services so placement is really about doing life-changing work.
When students complete their degree they may wind up working in government
departments so that’s really a popular choice so students like working in
local councils and they really like working in Child Protection. Also Community Organizations
like I encourage them to think about working for those large non-government
organisations like Barnardos, Salvation Army, Benevolent Society, Catholic Care,
Anglicare, you know all of those places really offer students a really good first job.

Daniel Yohans

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