The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) requires four years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time). Note that field work topics must be taken full-time.
The course is offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.
Students must have completed at least two years of full-time equivalent study in the Bachelor of Social Work to apply. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the Bachelor of Social Work. Entry into the degree is competitive.
Students who have completed more than three years of full-time equivalent study in the Bachelor of Social Work will not normally be eligible for admission.
The Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
International applicants must satisfy English Language Proficiency requirements with an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each band or equivalent.
The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) aims to:
- Prepare students for professional work as a social worker in a range of settings (ie local government, state and national government, not for profit, community-based environment groups, and private organisations)
- Graduate students that have a core body of knowledge, skills, values and methods in social work in preparation for a range of career opportunities and in their role as global citizens
- Graduate students with a sound understanding of the multiple cultural and institutional contexts and challenges of practice
- Develop in graduates of this degree, the values and skills for effective relations between people, organisations and professions in public service
- Graduate students with knowledge of the colonial history of Australia and its long-term effects on Indigenous Australians, especially in relation to social work
- Graduate students with capacity to use, evaluate, construct and undertake research and write a research report
- Graduate students with opportunity to enter higher research degree studies.
On completion of this course students will be able to:
- Analyse Australian social, political and welfare systems and institutions in a global context
- Analyse and promote solutions to Australian social issues, change and challenges in their global and historical context
- Explore identity, agency and self in culturally diverse contexts
- Articulate and act upon dominant and alternative paradigms of international social work
- Analyse complexity and understand the implications for practice
- Implement a range of methods, techniques and applications of social work
- Engage in community in a variety of settings
- Communicate effectively (written and oral)
- Think critically and independently
- Apply research to a study of social dilemmas and apply a human rights framework to practice
- Articulate and act upon social work professional values
- Demonstrate a commitment to life learning and reflexive practice
- Design and carry out an independent ethically approved research project
- Demonstrate qualities to enable graduates to be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Students achieving a GPA of 5.0 or better at the end of the third year will be eligible to continue to the fourth year. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will transfer to the Bachelor of Social Work.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education) the course must be completed within 10 consecutive years.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University''s policy on Student Progress.
Core - Year 1 topics
POLI1003 An Introduction to Democracy and Government (4.5 units)
PSYC1101 Psychology 1A (4.5 units)
SOAD1008 Introduction to Social Work (4.5 units)
SOCI1010 Sociology of Everyday Life (4.5 units)
HLTH1306 Contemporary Health Issues in Australia (4.5 units)
INDG1000 Indigenous Studies: An Introduction (4.5 units)
PSYC1108 The Psychology of Surviving and Thriving (4.5 units)
SOAD1014 Interpersonal Skills (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
SOAD2007 Social Policy Practice (4.5 units)
SOAD2012 Decolonising Social Work (4.5 units)
SOAD2013 Groups and Communities (4.5 units)
SOAD2014 Social Work Theories (4.5 units)
DSRS1202 Disability Across the Life Course (4.5 units)
LLAW3xxx Human Service Law and Practice (4.5 units)
SOAD2010 Intersectionality and Social Work (4.5 units)
SOAD2011 Practicing Social Work (4.5 units)
Core - Year 3 topics
SOAD3102 Field Education 1 (13.5 units)
SOAD4008 Professional Judgement and Decision Making (4.5 units)
SOAD3013 Children & Families: Well-being and Protection (4.5 units)
SOAD3017 Identity, Self and Agency (4.5 units)
SOAD4011 Mental Health (4.5 units)
SOAD7031 Research Principles and Practices (4.5 units)
Core - Year 4 topics
SOAD7012A Social Work Honours Thesis (4.5 units)
SOAD7012B Social Work Honours Thesis (4.5 units)
SOAD7016 Violence and Abuse (4.5 units)s)
SOAD7017 Advanced Social Work Theories (4.5 units)
SOAD7012C Social Work Honours Thesis (4.5 units)
SOAD4007 Field Education 2 (13.5 units)