Courses Handbook 2010

312010 v.1 Bachelor of Social Work

Course CRICOS Code: 068620K
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


This course combines education in a broad base of social and behavioural science subjects with the study of social work theory and practice in both class and field settings. The focus is on the development of professional knowledge and skills integral to the practice of social work including working with individuals and families, groups and communities, social policy and administration and research inquiry.

Duration and Availability

4 years' full-time study or equivalent part-time.

Course Organisation

Fieldwork is an important part of the social work program. Students undertake two full-time field placements, each a minimum of 490 hours, in the sixth and seventh semesters. During the two major placements students are under the supervision of experienced, qualified social workers, and close contact with staff from the Department of Social Work is maintained. Placements may be arranged in country areas, and through the cooperation of other educational institutions, interstate or overseas placements may be possible for final year students. Students are required to have passed all units in a year before being allowed to proceed to the next year.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. The proposed course is being reviewed for accreditation by the AASW in October 2009. The course is recognized by the International Federation of Social Workers.

Career Opportunities

Social work is practiced in a wide range of settings, including health, community, government and non-government organizations. Social workers deliver services to individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations and government in resolving problems through counselling, advocacy, research, community practice and social policy development. Demand for social workers in 2009 remains strong, both in Australia and internationally.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials. Some units in this course may have a field component for which costs may be incurred. All Health Sciences students must purchase a student identity badge. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication. Social Work students must have a Working with Children Clearance.

Further Information

Applicants should contact the Department of Social Work and Social Policy on (08) 9266 3343.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
312040 v.1   Social Work Third and Fourth Year Stream 400.0
312041 v.1   Social Work Honours Stream 400.0
Year 1 Semester 1
312012 v.1   Social Work Integrity and Accountabililty in Practice 111 3.0 25.0
312013 v.1   Social Work Philosophy, Policy and Context 121 3.0 25.0
312014 v.1   Social Work Interviewing and Communication Skills 131 2.0 25.0
7367 v.4   Anthropology 111 - The Anthropological Imagination 3.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
13019 v.2   Psychology 123 3.0 25.0
312015 v.1   Social Work Practice and Principles 112 3.0 25.0
312016 v.1   Social Work Citizenship, Culture and Diversity 122 3.0 25.0
312017 v.1   Social Work Counselling Individuals 132 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
312018 v.1   Social Work Lifespan, Resilience and Risk 211 3.0 25.0
312019 v.1   Contemporary and Comparative Social Policy 221 3.0 25.0
312020 v.1   The Inquiring Social Work Practitioner 231 3.0 25.0
312021 v.1   Research Methods for Social Workers 241 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
13196 v.4   Working in Aboriginal Contexts 300 3.0 25.0
312022 v.1   Social Work and Psychiatry 212 3.0 25.0
312023 v.1   Social Work with Families and Groups 222 3.0 25.0
312037 v.1   Social Work - Health and Illness 232 3.0 25.0


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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