Bachelor of Social Science

The Bachelor of Social Science is sculpted to equip and transform students in preparation for future careers in ministries of care. Although designed with a focus in both the fields of chaplaincy and counselling, the course integrates theological content aimed to enable students to critically engage with the world from a biblical perspective.

On completion of the Bachelor of Social Science through PBC graduates will be equipped to provide counselling and chaplaincy in Christian environments and community settings such as schools, youth services, non-government organisations, correction and rehabilitation facilities and other social support services. Additionally, students are able to further pursue post-graduate studies including Masters and Doctorate level studies in a variety of fields.

The Bachelor of Social Science with its counselling and chaplaincy focus also includes theological content designed to enable students to engage critically with the world from a biblical perspective. The course combines rigorous coursework, experiential learning and mentoring relationships into a comprehensive educational experience intended to prepare counsellors and chaplains to work in a variety of settings with a diverse range of clients.

Career Options

  • Chaplain
  • Pastoral Counselling

Course Details

Course Specifications
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Every candidate must:

  • Be a Christian, 17 years or older
  • Overseas students must be 18 years or older.

All students will also be required to demonstrate English Proficiency, which is equivalent to an academic IELTS band of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each subset. This can be demonstrated by either:

  • Evidence of the completion of studies undertaken only in the English language
  • Evidence of the completion of English studies undertaken at TAFE or an equivalent institution
  • Completion of an external assessment of English language, for example an IELTS (Academic Version)
  • Completion of an onsite English evaluation. Candidates will be required to attend the PBC campus to complete the evaluation.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Every candidate must either:

  • be qualified for admission to an Australian University,
  • have other acceptable post-secondary qualifications (e.g. PBC Diploma of Ministry with distinction average), or
  • qualify for admission as a mature age student.
DURATION: 3 years full time, or a maximum of 10 years part-time.
STRUCTURE: The course structure is based on 6 semesters (each 15 week duration), with 4 units taught in each semester. It comprises of:

  • 16 Core units
  • 6 Major units in either counselling of chaplaincy
  • 2 practicum capstone units

Each unit carries 3 credit points and graduates require a total of 72 credit points to successfully complete the course.

CORE UNITS:
ELECTIVE UNITS: Counselling Electives:

  • Self Care
  • Introduction to Group Work
  • Crisis Intervention/Trauma Counselling
  • Narrative Therapy & Positive Psychology
  • Counselling and Pastoral Care for the Aged
  • Addiction Counselling

Chaplaincy Electives:

  • Self Care
  • Pastoral Care
  • Intercultural Ministry in Australia
  • Crisis Intervention/Trauma Counselling
  • Counselling and Pastoral Care for the Aged
  • Addiction Counselling

Other PBC units accepted for elective credit:

PRACTICUM UNITS:
  • Counselling Practicum – Part A
  • Counselling Practicum – Part B
  • Chaplaincy Practicum – Part A
  • Chaplaincy Practicum – Part B

 

Course Completion

Students may exit the course at any given moment, and will receive a Statement of Attainment with a list of all the completed Units.

ELECTIVE UNITS ON OFFER IN SEMESTER 1, 2018

 

Self-Care

Self-Care is a unit designed to equip students to understand, strategise and practice beneficial approaches for your wellbeing to include in your specialised ministry of care. Students will be required to practically apply their self-care training in both a personal and communal capacity.

Counselling and Pastoral Care for the Ageing

This unit is designed to challenge students to critically engage with the issues and difficulties facing the elderly by considering the influences of contemporary culture, church and secular history, neglect of the elderly and social scientific developmental models. These considerations are intended to shape the way in which students appropriate the care offered to the elderly by creating a holistic framework designed to uphold the value and dignity of the aged community.

Models for Pastoral Counselling

Pastoral counselling equips us to engage meaningfully with people in the light of the message of the gospel.  This unit will present and explore a number of models that are foundational to the understanding and practice of pastoral counselling. They will include psychological, anthropological, theological and counselling theories and models. This will enable students to develop pastoral counselling relationships that are informed, supportive, at times graciously challenging and always hopeful.

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