Courses Handbook 2010

183805 v.3 Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare


Course CRICOS Code: 004812J
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course provides graduates with perspectives appropriate for work in the social welfare and community service fields. Selection from a variety of core and optional units provides an opportunity for specialisation.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A three-year degree in a related discipline and a minimum of two year's documented relevant work experience. Alternatively a four-year degree in a related discipline and minimum of twelve months documented relevant work experience.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part time study. Some units may be available externally.

Course Organisation

Students select three optional units, one of the three areas of specialisation and sufficient elective units.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Special Note

Students considering articulation of this course with a master program should clarify entrance requirements with the Graduate Studies Coordinator of the Department of Social Work and Social Policy.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
  SELECT 8 OPTIONS   200.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
11099 v.2 #   Health Planning and Evaluation 582 3.0 25.0
11462 v.2   SW 534 - Advanced Practice - Reflexivity in Practice 2.0 25.0
12669 v.2 +   The Arts in Counselling 521 3.0 25.0
300722 v.3   Professional Evaluation 602 2.0 25.0
304385 v.3 +   SW 697 - Independent Study Research Proposal Preparation 2.0 25.0
307449 v.1   Counselling Theory and Practice (1) 512 3.0 25.0
309026 v.1   SW 581 - Introduction to Interpersonal Violence and Abuse 2.0 25.0
309049 v.1   SW 580 - Child Protection 2.0 25.0
309059 v.1   SW 582 - Engaging Mental Health Praxis 2.0 25.0
5941 v.6 #   Addiction Studies 501 25.0
5943 v.5 #   Addiction Studies 502 25.0
7522 v.9   Research for Social Work 602 2.0 25.0
7818 v.5   Professional Ethics 501 2.0 25.0
7819 v.4   Professional Supervision 501 3.0 25.0
#      A maximum of two of these optional units may be selected
+      A maximum of three of these optional units may be selected
NB      Optional units are subject to availability
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