Master of Social Work (R7N)

Overview

Duration
Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course rules
Current students
View 2016 information
Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Cradle Coast
Semester 1
Duration
Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course code
Course rules
CRICOS: 073756G
Current students
View 2016 information
Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
This course provides graduates with a professional postgraduate qualification in social work. It is for people who have completed degrees with components of social and behavioural science. The course aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skill for professional practice in contemporary social work and human services and with a strong commitment to social justice and human rights.

Students complete 12 academic units which include two fieldwork placements (Practicum 1 and 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.

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 Program on a case-by-case basis.

This course provides graduates with a professional postgraduate qualification in social work. It is designed specifically for people who have completed degrees with components of social and behavioural science. The course aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skill for professional practice in contemporary social work and human services and with a strong commitment to social justice and human rights.

Upon completion of the course graduates will be able to:

  • understand and critically assess key aspects of contemporary cultures and society and their relevance to the social work profession;
  • employ relevant theories and skills for in-depth analysis and ethical engagement with individuals, families, groups, policies, organisations and communities across a range of contexts;
  • demonstrate commitment to human rights, social justice, non-oppression and sustainable change;
  • exercise skills of critical and independent thinking, reflection and judgement;
  • demonstrate flexibility and engagement in solving complex problems and applying knowledge and skills to new situations and practice contexts.

Career outcomes

Professional Recognition

The professional qualifying Master of Social Work is structured in accordance with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Accreditation and Education Standards 2010. Graduates from the MSW will be eligible for membership of the AASW which is a requirement for the employment of professional social workers in Australia and overseas.

Course structure

The structure of the professional qualifying MSW will comprise two semesters of full time study (or part time equivalent) in each of Year 1 and Year 2 of the course. Four units of 12.5% weighting will be delivered in Semester 1 of Years 1 and 2 of the MSW. Units delivered in Semester 2 of Years 1 and 2 of the MSW will comprise one fieldwork unit with weighting of 37.5% and one unit of 12.5%.

Regarding the two fieldwork units of 37.5% in the MSW, AASW accreditation requirements are that students undertake a professionally supervised, agency-based field placement of 500 hours in each of Years 1 and 2 of the course. At UTAS, fieldwork placements for students in the MSW program will occur in Semester 2 of each year to coincide with placement of Bachelor of Social Work students.

Regarding the time required to undertake the MSW degree, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the accrediting body for this course, says "The acquisition of practice knowledge and skills will take place over at least two years of the educational program' (AASW Education and Accreditation Standards, 2010:10).

Year 1

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 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

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

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

This unit is offered while students are on first placement, and provides students 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

The unit HGW517 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. 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

Year 2

This unit consists of two parts: (a) Social Work with Individuals and Families: builds on the knowledge and communication skills learned in Direct Practice 1 or Direct Practice 1 and Professional Communications, and integrates them into the more complex interventions…

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

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

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

Entry requirements

Admission Prerequisites

Applicants for entry to the professional qualifying MSW must hold a completed bachelor degree or equivalent other than in social work from the University of Tasmania or a recognised University, in a related field such as nursing, education, arts (with relevant units), behavioural studies, political science or social science; OR, have completed a bachelor degree in a non-related field within 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 professional qualifying MSW 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.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

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

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.

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