Courses & Units

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours R4B

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

Introduction

A candidate who has completed level 300 of the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with sufficient merit may be accepted by the Faculty of Arts as a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with Honours.

Students who are interested in the Honours program should discuss their options with the Head of Discipline and/or the Honours Coordinator.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BSW(Hons) in 2008. For students who commenced prior to 2008, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2005 should refer to the 2005 Handbook.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Social Work with Honours
Course Abbreviation BSW(Hons)
Course Duration 1 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 3 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 Honours program is concurrent with the final year of the Bachelor of Social Work degree course. It develops skills in research so students can further the interests of the profession and undertake postgraduate studies.

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

Admissions to Honours is by invitation. A limit on student numbers may be set according to availability of staff for supervision. Admission requirements for Honours will be a Distinction average in the core academic units of the Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent degree at the 200 level, unless there are special circumstances.

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

The Bachelor of Social Work with Honours will articulate with higher degree research courses at UTAS.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BSW(Hons) in 2008. For students who commenced prior to 2008, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2005 should refer to the 2005 Handbook.

The levels of honours are First Class, Second Class, and Third Class. There is an upper and lower division in the second class. To gain first class honours you are required to complete all units with a minimum Grade-Point Average of 7.0 in academic units, including an award of HD in the honours dissertation. To gain upper second class honours you are required to complete all units with a minimum Grade-Point Average of 6.5 in academic units, including an award of DN in the honours dissertation. To gain lower second class honours you are required to complete all units with a minimum Grade-Point Average of 6.0 in academic units, including an award of CR in the honours dissertation. To gain third class honours you are required to complete all units with a minimum Grade-Point Average of 5.0 in academic units, and gain an award of PP in the honours dissertation. Except by special permission of Faculty there is no re-examination for honours.

Note: The Grade-Point Average for entry is computed as follows: HD=9, DN=7, CR=6, PP=5, TP=4.5, NN= 4.

Course Structure

Schedule A

  • HGW401Direct Practice 2Details

    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

    Availability

    View all details for HGW401 Direct Practice 2

  • HGW402Working with Communities for ChangeDetails

    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

    Availability

    View all details for HGW402 Working with Communities for Change

  • HGW412Intercultural Social Work PracticeDetails

    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

    Availability

    View all details for HGW412 Intercultural Social Work Practice

  • HGW413Specialist Fields of PracticeDetails

    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

    Availability

    View all details for HGW413 Specialist Fields of Practice

  • HGW414Honours Dissertation Part ADetails

    This unit builds on the knowledge gained in HGW309 Research and Policy for Change. It provides an opportunity for students to develop research knowledge and begin to implement a research proposal, in conjunction with the Honours Co-ordinator and their supervisor,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for HGW414 Honours Dissertation Part A

  • HGW409Social Work Practicum (Honours)Details

    In Semester 2, students are required to undertake 500 hours of placement in a setting that is relevant to social work practice. Throughout this placement, students will be required to undertake a research project. Research is a core social work…

    Credit Points: 37.5

    Availability

    View all details for HGW409 Social Work Practicum (Honours)

  • HGW411Advanced Critical PracticeDetails

    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

    Availability

    View all details for HGW411 Advanced Critical Practice

  • HGW410Honours Dissertation Part BDetails

    This unit builds on the knowledge gained in HGW414 Honours Dissertation A. It provides an opportunity for students to conduct a research project and to write and submit a dissertation.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for HGW410 Honours Dissertation Part B

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

Entry 1

A candidate who has completed the second year of the Bachelor of Arts and the first year of the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with sufficient merit may be accepted by the Faculty of Arts (hereinafter called the Faculty) as a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with Honours.

2 Acceptance for honours candidature shall be based on a weighted average mark computed from the candidate's results in the core academic social work units in the second year of the Bachelor of Arts degree and the first year of the Bachelor of Social Work (Note 1) and provided that the dean of the Faculty shall have discretion to estimate an appropriate average mark in cases where a situation arises which is not specifically covered by these specifications (Note 2).

3 A candidate for the honours degree shall complete the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Social Work plus any additional work which may be prescribed by the Faculty. This will include, as part of fieldwork in the second semester of second year, an Honours Project comprising a thesis.

4 An honours course of study shall normally be completed in one year from the time the candidate enrols for the course

Provided that:

[i] the Faculty on the recommendation of the School of Sociology and Social Work may permit a candidate to study the course on a part-time basis over a period not exceeding two consecutive years;

[ii] the Faculty may allow a candidate whose work has been interrupted by illness or other unavoidable cause to complete the course over a period exceeding one year or, in the case of a part-time candidate referred to in [i] above, over a period exceeding two years;

[iii] the head of the School of Sociology and Social Work may recommend that a candidate be granted an extension of time to submit the thesis. Any cases so approved shall be reported to the next meeting of the Faculty.

5 The classes of honours shall be first class, second class and third class. There shall be an upper and lower division in the second class. Assessment of the class of honours shall be based principally on weighted average marks computed from the candidate's results as described in Note 3.

6 Except by special permission of Faculty there shall be no re-examination for honours.

7 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with Honours shall be BSW (Hons). Note 1: The current average mark for honours eligibility is 4.00 considering all units undertaken in years 2 and 3 and based on the following scale: HD = 5; DN = 4; CR = 3; PP = 2; TP = 1; NN = 0. Note 2: The dean will receive recommendations on individual cases that do not meet these specifications, from the Head of the School of Sociology and Social Work, for report to Faculty. Note 3: The Honours result normally will be assessed on the basis of the grade point average for fourth year units and the Honours Units according to the following:-- 1st Class: Dissertation at Higher Distinction and a minimum Grade Point Average of Distinction or 4.00 in second year graded academic units;-- 2nd Class Upper Division: Dissertation at Distinction and a minimum Grade Point Average of Distinction or 4.00 in second year graded academic units;-- 2nd Class Lower division: Dissertation at Credit and a minimum Grade Point Average of Credit or 3.00 in second year graded academic units;-- 3rd Class: Dissertation at Pass and a minimum Grade Point Average of Pass or 2.0 in second year graded academic units. A candidate who does not meet the Honours requirements shall be eligible to graduate with the BSW, providing that the minimum requirements for a pass degree including fieldwork have been met.