Courses & Units

Master of Social Work R7N

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

Introduction

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.

Summary

Course Name Master of Social Work
Course Abbreviation MSW
Course Duration 2 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 5 Years
CRICOS code 073756G
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

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

Objectives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Course Structure

Year 1

  • HGW514Social Work in Context

    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

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  • HGW517Direct Practice 1 & Professional Communication

    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

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  • HGW512Practice Frameworks for Change

    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

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  • HGW515Research & Policy for Change

    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

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  • HGW513Social Work Practicum I

    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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  • HGW516Ethical, Legal & Organisational Contexts of Practice

    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

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  • Year 2

  • HGW611Direct Practice 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

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  • HGW612Working 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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  • HGW614Intercultural 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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  • HGW615Specialist 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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  • HGW613Social 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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  • HGW616Advanced 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. [i] In these Specifications 'Faculty'- means the Faculty of Arts.

    [ii] The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the award of Master of Social Work a person who is qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.

    Candidates for the Master of Social Work degree will have:

    i. a completed three year degree other than social work from the University of Tasmania or a recognised university;

    ii. completed components of studies in society [i.e. social science type courses including sociology, political studies, philosophy, indigenous studies, anthropology, history ] and studies of the individual, human behaviour and/or human development [i.e. psychology-type courses].

    2. Candidates for the Master of Social Work shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two years full time (or part time equivalent) and not more than five years (or part-time equivalent), from the time of first enrolment. Full-time students are required to enrol in units with a combined weighting of not more than 100%.

    Course Structure

    3. To qualify for the award, the candidate shall pass two years of full-time study or its part-time equivalent, comprising compulsory academic and fieldwork units.

    4. The units which may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with the Schedule accompanying these specifications.

    5. Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the faculty and as summarised in the Schedule.

    6. Full-time students are required to enrol in units with a combined weighting of not more than 100% per year; exceptions must be approved by the Head of School of Sociology and Social Work.

    7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

    8. 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

    9. Students who withdraw from or fail either Social Work Practicum 1 or Social Work Practicum 2 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 9. Passes in subjects or units in courses (completed or otherwise) at another approved tertiary institution 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.

    Miscellaneous

    10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

    11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2011 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

    12. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Master of Social Work shall be MSW.