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.)
The Honours degree of the Bachelor of Social Work can be completed by taking an alternative Fourth Year Program. Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.
The course is offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
The Bachelor of Social Work aims to:
- Prepare students for professional work as a social worker and social planner in a range of settings (i.e. 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 and social planning 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.
The learning outcomes which the Bachelor of Social Work aims to produce and develop in graduates are:
- an understanding of Australian social, political and welfare systems and institutions in a global context
- an understanding of Australian social issues, change and challenges in their global and historical context
- an understanding of identity, agency and self in culturally diverse contexts
- an understanding of dominant and alternative paradigms of international social work and social planning
- skills in the ability to analyse complexity and understand the implications for practice
- leading edge abilities in a range of methods, techniques and applications of social work and social planning
- skills in community participation and engagement in a variety of settings
- collaborative skills and abilities to lead integrative social planning practices
- high order communication skills (written and oral)
- critical independent thinking skills and abilities to apply research to a study of social dilemmas
- a sound values and human rights base to practice
- a commitment to life learning and reflexive practice
- qualities to enable graduates to be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
To qualify for the degrees of 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 Faculty Board 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
AUST1004 Introduction to Aboriginal Studies (4.5 units)
SOAD1006 Social Planning Theory (4.5 units)
SOAD1009 Critical Thinking and Communication (4.5 units)
SOAD1013 Practice with Individuals (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
AND choose either:
GEOG1002 Human Geography: Geographies of Oppression (4.5 units)
SOAD2003 Social Work with Groups (4.5 units)
SOAD2010 Social Work with Diverse Populations (4.5 units)
SOAD2011 Social Work and Reflective Practice (4.5 units)
Core - Year 3 topics
Core - Year 4 topics
Plus one option topic
Option - Year 4 topics
Select one of the following topics:
AUST2612 Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledges (4.5 units)
POLI2020 Australian Indigenous Politics (4.5 units)
POLI2025 The Politics of the Australian Welfare State (4.5 units)
SOAD4223 Global Child Welfare (4.5 units)
SOAD4224 Interventions with Children and Young People (4.5 units)
WMST2016 Indigenous Women's Voices: Race, Gender and Colonialism (4.5 units)
WMST3009 Sexualities: Perspectives, Pleasures, Politics (4.5 units)
Honours - Year 4 topics
Students undertake 13.5 units of thesis and 22.5 units of core topics.
Select 13.5 units from the topics listed below:
and 22.5 units of the core topics: