Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies - BHCS - 2018


If you are passionate about helping others and promoting human welfare, you should consider a career in community development and humanitarian assistance.

The Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies gives you an opportunity to learn, critically analyse and apply concepts of human service delivery in the field of humanitarian aid, social and especially community engagement.

Gain the essential knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, groups and communities in remote Australia and developing countries. Engage in culture studies, psychology, social science, human behaviour, ethics, indigenous knowledge, community dynamics and project management through interdisciplinary course units.

Core components of the course are two theory- and practice-based placements. You will complete a four-week intensive on CDU’s Casuarina campus in your second year of this degree, gaining essential skills and knowledge in the field of international humanitarian assistance. This intensive is co-delivered by RedR Australia, a leading humanitarian aid and training organisation.

In your final year, you will complete 400 hours (professional practice placement) with an agency working in the field of community development or international humanitarian assistance. The placement will be completed in urban or remote Australia or internationally (preferably Asia-Pacific region) and you will gain industry-relevant skills.

Why study with us

  • This course is accredited by the Australian Community Worker’s Association (ACWA).
  • Full-time and part-time study options available.
  • Complete your course on campus, or online.
  • This course also is offered in our Summer Semester.

Career opportunities

Graduates are equipped with the foundation in community work, indigenous community knowledge, human services as well as communication and logistics relevant for rural and remote communities. The degree allows graduates to work for governmental, non-governmental as well as charity organisations engaged in community work.

The degree provides an excellent basis to pursue a higher degree in the field of community studies, humanitarian aid, international development or emergency management.


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Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies is accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

More details about the course

Please visit the Course Catalogue for more information.

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