Interested in postgraduate study in family studies?

The Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle offers two online postgraduate programs in family studies:

You can do up to three subjects in each of three 12-week trimesters a year, and can start in any Trimester. (In 2019 Trimester 1 started on 4 February, Trimester 2 starts on 20 May, and Trimester 3 starts on 2 September.)

If you could be interested, we are offering an online, interactive information session on Wednesday 10th April, 2019 at 7.30pm, Newcastle time. (Click here for other times in Australia and around the world.) At the information session you will hear from Alan Hayes (the director of the Family Action Centre) and Jennifer St George (the program convenor), learn more about both programs, be able to ask questions, and hopefully be inspired to study with us!

You can book (so that you receive the link to the free Webinar) and found out more at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/family-studies-degrees-information-webinar-tickets-59934108532.

Family Studies post-graduate degrees are a special opportunity to gain knowledge and expertise in working with families in practice, research or policy around the world. You would explore a variety of approaches to working with families and prepare yourself for family-centred practice as it grows in importance across health, welfare, education and other sectors.

Because the programs are 100% online, you can study from anywhere in the world (as long as you have the internet!)

If you decide to study with us, you will be encouraged to draw on your experience (both professional and personal), there will be opportunities to interact with other students and many of the assignments will allow you to apply the content to your work (if you are currently working.)

The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies

The Graduate Certificate involves four courses (or subjects):

  • A core course everybody does: Foundations in family studies
  • At least one from the following (but you can do all three if you want):
    • Engaging families and communities
    • Engaging fathers in family work
    • Responding to domestic and family violence: Theory and practice
  • Up to two of the following:
    • Father-infant attachment and co-parenting: Theory and intervention
    • Evaluation and evidence-based practice
    • Applying a trauma informed approach in family work

There are more details including admission requirements, enrollment details, fees (around $2115 per course), information about the individual courses and other useful information at https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/graduate-certificate-family-studies.

The Master of Family Studies

The Master of Family Studies involves between 8 and 12 courses (depending on your existing qualifications and experience). There are six core courses that all students do:

  • Foundations in family studies
  • Responding to domestic and family violence: Theory and practice
  • Family diversity
  • Family-centred practice across the lifecourse
  • Engaging fathers in family work
  • Applying a trauma informed approach in family work

Then there are a number of other courses you can choose from including

  • Engaging families and communities
  • Father-infant attachment and co-parenting: Theory and intervention
  • Evaluation and evidence-based practice
  • Families and migration
  • International perspectives on family policy
  • Special project in family studies

There are more details including admission requirements, enrollment details, fees (around $2115 per course), information about the individual courses and other useful information at https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/master-family-studies

If either of these degrees could interest you, please make sure you join the information session.

If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:

  1. Playgroups as a foundation for working with hard to reach families
  2. Research evidence for family (and community) workers
  3. Engaging fathers: An overview of evidence-based practice
  4. Rethinking the roles of families and clients in evidence-based practice
  5. Engaging Aboriginal fathers
  6. Power and strengths-based practice

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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1 Response to Interested in postgraduate study in family studies?

  1. Thato Masupha says:

    I’m interested in postgraduate studies in Family Studies.

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