Bachelor of Social Work

General

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Program Description

Provides a professional education in the field of social work. The course develops a student's professional competencies and enhances their ability to work within a complex, uncertain and contested social work practice environment.

Students undertake studies in social work theory and practice, research, politics, policy, law, and ethics, with particular reference to the relevance of this knowledge to practice in regional, rural and remote settings.

The curriculum is designed to develop social workers who are able to understand and meet the Practice Standards for Social Workers (AASW, 2013).

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at South West
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at South West

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK1115 Social Inclusion and People with Intellectual Disabilities 15
SWK1106 Psychology for Social Work 15
SWK1110 Introduction to Professional Practice 15
SWK1112 Introduction to Social Research 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RPS1130 Rural, Regional and Remote Community Development 15
SWK1102 Philosophy, Knowledge and Ethics 15
SWK1103 Culture and Daily Life 15
SWK1107 Introduction to Australian Society 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK2104 Human Behaviour in the Social Environment 15
SWK2108 Addictions and Practice 15
SWK2111 Aboriginal Histories of the Present 15
SWK2116 Gender, Families and Professional Practice 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK2010 Theory and Practice for Child Protection 15
SWK2112 Australian Politics and Policy 15
SWK2114 Community Health and Well-being 15
SWK2115 Human Rights and Social Justice 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RPS3110 Applied Research Methods 15
SWK3110 Organisational Contexts 15
SWK3112 Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Advanced Interpersonal Skills 15
SWK3113 Social Work and Mental Health 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK3116 Field Placement 1 45
SWK3121 Social Work Theory and Practice 2: A Focus on Theories 15

Year 4 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK4106 Social Policy 15
SWK4110 Legal and Ethical Practice 15
SWK4111 Social Work Theory and Practice 3: Collective Interventions 15
SWK4120 Social Work Project 15

Year 4 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK4116 Field Placement 2 45
SWK4121 Social Work Theory and Practice 4: Activism and Social Change 15

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline coherent knowledge of the role and value of social work in addressing social inequalities to build sustainable communities through a variety of social work practices which are informed by human rights values and social justice.
  • Communicate social work knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and social work practice development, including reflective thinking skills and innovative practice through continued professional development.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills, global outlook and cultural awareness when collaborating in professional settings and with culturally diverse groups, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  • Think creatively to apply social work knowledge effectively in practice with individuals, groups and communities in diverse contexts.
  • Use critical thinking to explore the knowledge of human behaviour and society, as well as social, cultural, political, legal, economic and global contexts of social work practice to generate and evaluate complex ideas.
  • Use digital technologies and information literacy to evaluate relevant research knowledge which informs decision making in social work practice.
  • Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social work professional values and ethics in decision making in a socially sustainable way.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Possible future job titles

Community Development Officer, Mental Health Worker, Human Service Manager, Child Protection Officer, Youth Worker, Policy Research Officer, Hospital Social Worker, Community Health Worker, Family Support Worker, Disability Advocate.

Last updated Oct 2020

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