The Bachelor of Social Work requires four years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time). Note that field work topics must be taken full-time.
Students can apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) – 4 years at the end of second year.
The course is offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
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 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.
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
- analyse complexity and understand the implications for practctice
- 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 and
- 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, 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.
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)
SOAD3006 Research and Evaluation (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)
Core - Year 4 topics
SOAD4012 Advanced Social Work Theories (4.5 units)
SOAD4014 Violence and Abuse (4.5 units)
Plus 9 units of option topics
SOAD4007 Field Education 2 (13.5 units)
SOAD4013 Sustainable Social Work (4.5 units)
Option - Year 4 topics
AGES3001 Contemporary Issues in Ageing Societies (4.5 units)
HLPE3540 Drugs, Politics and Public Health (4.5 units)
HLTH2101 Critical Social Analysis of Health (4.5 units)
INDG2001 Black Poetics: Indigenous Literary Studies (4.5 units)
INDG3001 Colonial Intimacies and the Economy: Mathematics of Genocide (4.5 units)
INTR3101 Global Inequality (4.5 units)
POLI2011 Australian Public Policy: Applications, Issues and Dilemmas (4.5 units)
POLI2020 Australian Indigenous Politics (4.5 units)
POLI3069 The Politics of the Australian Welfare State (4.5 units)
WMST2016 Indigenous Women's Voices: Race, Gender and Colonialism (4.5 units)
Admission to an honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the college being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study. Refer to Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).