Courses & Units

Bachelor of Social Work (13L)

The Bachelor of Social Work is a two year end-on degree program that follows two years of successful study in a relevant degree from a recognised tertiary institution. The course aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skills for professional practice in contemporary social work and human services and with a strong commitment to social justice and human rights.

For Tasmanian based students, their first two years of study in a relevant degree program can be fully undertaken within their regions. Distance education is also a possibility for some units. In year three and four of the BSW students complete twelve academic units which include two fieldwork placements (Practicum 1 & 2). Students will be able to undertake these units, including the fieldwork units, within their regions.

All UTAS social work students undertaking clinical or field education placements are required to undertake a national police record check. Other checks may be required by organisations such as for offences involving children. Students need to be able to meet the requirements of the UTAS Safety in Practice policy. Placements are offered in a range of social work agencies throughout Tasmania and applicants should be aware that they may be required to travel for at least one practicum. All travel and accommodation costs incurred during placement are to be met by students. Placements are offered in a range of social work agencies throughout Tasmania and applicants should be aware that they may be required to travel for at least one practicum. All travel and accommodation costs incurred during placement are to be met by students.

Academic units may be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. The Practicum units are normally full time although applications for part time practicum will be considered by the Head of Discipline on a case-by-case basis. The maximum period of time allowed to complete the BSW degree is 5 years.

The applicable course rules and policy are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2014 should refer to the 2014 Handbook.

Duration

2 Years full time

Up to 5 Years part time

Location

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

ATAR

See entry requirements below


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Cradle Coast
Semester 1
Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Cradle Coast

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


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Duration

2 Years full time

Location

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

Academic Requirements

See entry requirements below

CRICOS

Code: 002721F


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Cradle Coast
Semester 1
Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Cradle Coast

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


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Course objectives

The course is designed to meet the educational requirements of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). It provides the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and understanding of social functioning, social problems and social services. It emphasises the application of professional social work methods in the workplace and aims to produce graduates who have achieved the level of competency expected of those who are beginning a career in social work.

  • As a student you will be expected to develop:
  • the ability to reflect critically on all aspects of practice;
  • the necessary analytical and interactional skills for a wide range of situations involving individuals, families,
  • groups, organisations and communities;
  • personal insight and awareness in order to develop the potential for continued professional growth;
  • the ability to contribute to the improvement and development of social welfare policy and services;
  • and the ability to conduct research for the development of social work knowledge.

Course structure

This 4 year Specialist degree comprises 2 years study in the Bachelor of Arts (or another relevant undergraduate degree) and then articulates to 2 years further study at advanced level in the Bachelor of Social Work. The structure complies with Specialist Structure #1 and has two standard majors, one minor, 4 student electives and 8 additional advanced level units. The requirements for the 2 majors at introductory and intermediate level and the minor are met by studies in the first two years of the Bachelor of Arts or other relevant undergraduate degree.

Core Units

This unit explores how social work theory and practice inter-relate as a basis for defining the purpose and practice of social work. It presents a construct of social work as planned change, which is done with care, in consideration of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines research methodologies and policy processes that are utilised by social workers in working towards a more just, humane and inclusive society. Issues and case study approaches underpin learning in this unit. Using critical analysis and critical reflection,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to contemporary human services in Western society and the place of social work within that context. It traces the history of the welfare state in Australia from the nineteenth century to the new millennium with…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit HGW317 Direct Practice 1 & Professional Communication provides a broad overview of social work theories and direct practice skills underpinning work with individuals and groups. There are two key points of focus in this unit: firstly, working with…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In Semester 2 students are required to undertake a minimum of 500 hours of placement in a setting that is relevant to social work practice in order to experience a range of practice tasks. Qualified field educators are allocated to…

Credit Points: 37.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart16 Week Session Jul
Launceston16 Week Session Jul
Cradle Coast16 Week Session Jul

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students with an awareness and understanding of ethical, legal and organisational dimensions and issues in a number of specific areas and settings relevant to social work practice. Key areas of ethical, legal and organisational theories and their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 4

Compulsory advanced units

Consists of two parts: (a) Working with Individuals and Families: builds on the communication skills and solutions focused approach learned in Direct Practice 1 or Direct Practice 1 and Professional Communication and integrates them into the more complex interventions involved…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to a range of issues relating to the array of ideas, practical ways and traditions found in transformative, progressive and dialogical community work practice. The unit explores: the contested nature of the concept of community; critical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the history and context of local, national and international relationships between Western culture and Non-Western cultures. The unit focuses on social work practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a solid foundation for working with involuntary clients and in multi-disciplinary teams. It emphasises the importance of human rights, consumer rights and participation. In particular it focuses on the specialist fields of mental health and child protection…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In Semester 2, students are required to undertake a minimum of 500 hours of placement in a setting that is relevant to social work practice in order to experience a range of practice tasks. Qualified field educators are allocated to…

Credit Points: 37.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart16 Week Session Jul
Launceston16 Week Session Jul
Cradle Coast16 Week Session Jul

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit enables final year social work students to articulate and integrate their personal theoretical and philosophical approach to the realities of social work as political practice. Utilising explanations based in critical theory to inform and build reflexive practice aimed…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students will be expected to provide written consent for the collection and disclosure of personal information relevant to course (or unit) requirements and in accordance with the University's Privacy Policy.
 
Students will be expected to complete and sign a Student Placement Planning Agreement prior to taking up each placement. A range of information is collected on this form including contact phone numbers and addresses, emergency contact details, any health conditions or other factors which may impact on placement, work/volunteer experience in the human service industry, employment history and previous placement reports if applicable. Students will be required to sign a student declaration to give consent to the transfer of relevant information from the planning agreement to their placement supervisor. Students will also be required to provide their placement supervisor with a current CV and covering letter.

Students are also required to sign client confidentiality and anonymity agreements before undertaking placement.

Students will be asked to undergo a national or criminal record check by the Tasmania Police and where relevant a Child Protection Check and to present it to their placement agency supervisor before placement is undertaken.

In order to be eligible for entry to the course applicants must either:

  • have completed the equivalent of at least two years full-time study (200 credit points of units) in a Bachelor degree or two years full-time study (200cp of units) in a degree program, excluding foundation units. They must have studied at least 4 x 12.5cp units (or equivalent), which reflect a combination of study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual. It is preferred that students have undertaken some units in Aboriginal studies.

OR

  • have successfully completed the Diploma of Social Science (Community Services), or its equivalent, in the TAFE (or equivalent) sector; and, have completed 75cp of a full year of the BA or BSocSc (or other relevant degree). Of the 75cp of a full year degree program, at least 4 x 12.5cp units (or equivalent) must reflect a combination of study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual. It is preferred that students undertake some units in Aboriginal studies.

OR

  • have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a non-related field in which there are at least 4 x 12.5cp units (or equivalent), which reflect a combination of study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual.

The English proficiency requirement for entry to the BSW will be an IELTS overall score of 7 with each band no less than 6.5.

Exemptions regarding entry requirements may be made at the discretion of the Head of Social Work.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

This course articulates with other degrees and units from recognised tertiary institutions as well as with the Diploma in Social Sciences (Community Welfare) (or equivalent) from TAFE institutions in Australia. Specific details are given under the heading 'Admission and prerequisites'.

Students with prior learning, qualifications and experience may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for their first Fieldwork practicum and may be able to apply for credit for BSW subjects.

Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of positions and may find employment as social workers, community workers, crisis intervention workers, counsellors, managers of human services and outreach workers.

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.