Courses & Units

Bachelor of Social Work (13L)

Social Work gives you the chance to make a real difference in the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities.

Social workers aim to enhance individual and community wellbeing by addressing structural challenges that are harmful to people, such as discrimination, inequality, violence and other forms of oppression. This means that at its core, social work focuses on social justice and human rights issues. The career opportunities for social workers in Australia are diverse. Our graduates work as counsellors, youth workers, community workers, advocates, researchers or one of the many roles requiring a deep understanding of the relationship between people and their physical, cultural, social, economic and political environments.

The Bachelor of Social Work is designed for students who want to study social work whilst undertaking their first university degree. This two year end-on degree program, follows the successful completion (or equivalent) of two years study, in a relevant degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

Our Bachelor of Social Work is a professionally accredited degree with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), with students undertaking fieldwork placements in a variety of organisations and institutions.

Students who have already completed a three-year degree, with study areas relating to society and the individual, may be eligible to undertake the Master of Social Work.

Duration

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Minimum 2 Years

Up to a maximum of 5 Years

Location

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

ATAR

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

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

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Minimum 2 Years

Up to a maximum of 5 Years

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

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. Field educators are allocated to each student and through…

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 is offered while students are on first placement, and provides them with an awareness and understanding of the legal and organisational settings for social work, and their impact on practice. Key areas of legal and organisational theory and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 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. Field educators are allocated to each…

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

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.

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 Safe to Practice 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. This form also includes a client confidentiality and anonymity agreements for students to sign before undertaking placement.

Students will be asked to undergo a national police record check by the Tasmania Police and a Working with Children Check and to present these 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

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.