Courses & Units

Bachelor of Social Work 13L

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

Introduction

The Bachelor of Social Work is atwo year end-on degree program that followstwo 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.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2011. For students who commenced prior to 2011, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Social Work
Course Abbreviation BSW
Course Duration 2 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 5 Years
CRICOS code 002721F
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Hobart Semester 1
Launceston Semester 1
Cradle Coast Semester 1

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.

Professional Recognition

The degree course is the only course in Tasmania which leads to accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Additional Information

It is expected that all students enrolled in the social work program will access a computer and internet connection in order to successfully undertake and complete the program. Computer labs are available on each regional campus. Please see the UTAS website for their location.

Work Placement

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.

Prerequisites

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% of units) in a Bachelor degree or two years full-time study (200% of units) in a degree program, excluding foundation units. They must have studied at least 4 x 12.5% 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 75% of a full year of the BA or BSocSc (or other relevant degree). Of the 75% of a full year degree program, at least 4 x 12.5% 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 12.5% 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.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

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.
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.

Course Structure

Compulsory majors

Year 4

Compulsory advanced units

  • HGW401Direct Practice 2

    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

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  • HGW403Social Work Practicum 2

    In Semester 2, students are required to undertake 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 (i.e. Social Workers with a minimum…

    Credit Points: 37.5

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  • HGW403Social Work Practicum 2

    In Semester 2, students are required to undertake 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 (i.e. Social Workers with a minimum…

    Credit Points: 37.5

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  • HGW403Social Work Practicum 2

    In Semester 2, students are required to undertake 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 (i.e. Social Workers with a minimum…

    Credit Points: 37.5

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  • HGW412Intercultural Social Work Practice

    This unit provides a solid foundation for working with diversity. In particular it focuses on social work practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities. It includes a study of the historical contexts…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • HGW402Working with Communities for Change

    This unit aims to equip students with knowledge and skills in working with groups and communities towards sustainable change. Principles of democratic participation, challenging power imbalances, respect for diversity, sustainability and facilitating economic and political change underpin a theoretical approach…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • HGW413Specialist Fields of Practice

    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

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  • HGW411Advanced Critical Practice

    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

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  • Annual Course Cost

    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.

    Course Rules


    Entry

    1 The Faculty of Arts (hereinafter called the Faculty) may accept as a candidate for the award of Bachelor of Social Work a person who is qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.

    2 Candidates must either:

    [i] have completed the equivalent of at least two years full-time study in a Bachelor of Arts degree program; and demonstrate that they have completed a substantial amount of that study in the behavioural and social sciences, normally understood as two years in Psychology/Behavioural Science and Sociology; or

    [ii] have successfully completed the Associate Diploma of Social Science (Community Welfare) or its equivalent, in the TAFE sector and complete a minimum of one year's full-time study in the Bachelor of Arts degree, with level 100 units in both Behavioural Science/Psychology and Sociology.

    3 Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two separate years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than four years, from the time of first enrolment. including the year of passing the first unit claimed to count towards the degree. If a candidate has not completed within this time limit the Faculty may either declare the candidate ineligible to proceed with degree studies or permit the candidate to count towards the degree only a proportion of the units passed.

    Course structure

    4 [i] To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall, subject to the provisions below, pass in the units of Parts 1 and 2 chosen as follows:

    (a) Part 1: two years of full-time study or its part-time equivalent comprising units in Sociology, Psychology, Social Work and electives.

    (b) Part 2: two years of full-time study or its part-time equivalent, comprising compulsory academic and fieldwork units.

    [ii] The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with the schedule accompanying these specifications.

    5 [i] Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty and as summarised in the accompanying schedule.

    [ii] A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting, or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester, more than 74%.

    [iii] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

    [iv] In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

    Fieldwork

    6 Social Work Practicum 1 and Social Work Practicum 2 constitute a unitary whole. Students who withdraw from or fail either Practicum will not be permitted to enrol in more than one additional placement (for a total of no more than three enrolments) without the permission of the head of School of Sociology and Social Work.

    Credit for previous studies

    7 Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree. The Faculty may permit candidates to count towards the degree, units completed at another approved institution, subject to the approval of the dean.

    Miscellaneous

    8 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.

    9 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 1994 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled in previous years [a].

    10 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work shall be BSW.

    [a] Note: The Faculty shall ensure that no previously enrolled candidate is materially disadvantaged by any difference between units offered under these specifications and subjects offered under the requirements previously in force.