Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (A4S)

Overview  2019

ATAR

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Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

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Duration

Minimum 4 Years, up to a maximum of 9 Years

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.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Cradle Coast
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 4 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Now more than ever compassionate and engaged social workers are needed to help improve the life-chances and wellbeing of people and to combat societal inequality.

Contemporary social workers need contemporary skills to respond meaningfully to social problems. Our Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (Professional and Research Specialisations) has been redesigned after direct industry feedback to reflect current and emerging practice trends in the profession.

The newly updated honours-level course with specialisation options has been designed to exceed professional accreditation standards, and will give you key skills in ethical, innovative and collaborative social work practice.

The new curriculum will equip you with advanced knowledge of social work research principles and methods. It also includes 1   ,000 hours of supervised professional placement, and students are encouraged to take part in additional project and research work with communities and industry.

You will graduate as a creative and ethical communicator who respectfully uses knowledge to meet the needs of diverse social work client groups, communities and organisations. You will be able to respond to social justice and human rights challenges in ways that are culturally sensitive, principled, and effective.


Students who commenced the Bachelor of Social Work (13L) or the Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (R4B) in 2018 or earlier should refer to the entry for their relevant course code and year.

  1. Recommend improvements to services, policies and professional accountability in social work based on critical analysis, research, and culturally relevant knowledge.
  2. Combine decolonising social work knowledge and practices to address inequality and injustice in ways that promote sustainable social change.
  3. Adapt and respond to the communication needs and capacities of diverse social work client groups, communities, and organisations.
  4. Develop social work leadership approaches that are collaborative, cooperative and useful in micro, meso and macro contexts.
  5. Formulate ethical social work responses to local, national and global social justice and human rights challenges.
  6. Design interventions and strategies that can contribute to the decolonising agenda in social work by using creative, entrepreneurial, and relational approaches.

In your third and fourth years of study you will need to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of professional experience placement, equivalent to 2 x 14 weeks full-time. Depending on the organisation and where you are at in your degree, there will be opportunities of 5, 4 or 3 day per week placements.

The University will set up the agreement and match you to a suitable organisation. You will also have the opportunity to be provided with rural and remote experiences in the north and northwest.

Before you begin placement, you will need to attend preparation seminars and a placement interview. You will be allocated a field educator/social worker, with a minimum of 2 years full time equivalent post-graduation experience in the field. Your professional placement experience provides you with the opportunity to learn how to translate theories of social work into practice.

It is possible in some circumstances for students to complete a placement in their place of work.

Recognition of Prior Learning is possible for the first placement. Students who are given RPL for the first placement are unable to complete the final placement in their place of employment.

Career outcomes

The skills and expertise our Social Work graduates gain equips them for a diverse range of rewarding careers, including:

  • child safety practitioner
  • social worker
  • project manager
  • youth worker
  • mental health practitioner
  • researcher
  • policy analyst and advisor
  • community development worker
  • migrant and refugee settlement workers
  • case manager
  • drug and alcohol counsellor
  • palliative care social worker
  • relationships counsellor
  • disability advocate.

Professional Recognition

The University of Tasmania’s newly designed Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program is being reviewed for accreditation by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) against the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Our qualifying degree in Social Work has been designed improve employability and meet the needs of the sector. The course learning outcomes are aligned with the Australian Social Work Education Accreditation Standards (2012/2015) and the Australian Association of Social Workers Practice Standards (2013)*.

Course structure

Completion of the Bachelor of Social Work requires 400 credit points including:

  • 100 credit points of Discipline Knowledge
  • 100 credit points of Degree Core Knowledge
  • 100 credit points of Experience and Engagement units
  • 100 credit points from the Research or Professional Honours pathway

as per the schedule below.

Your journey in social work begins by engaging with knowledge of inequality, marginalisation, social justice and human rights. You will begin to comprehend the different ways social workers can respond to these issues by working with individuals through to implementing macro level practice strategies. You will learn to work in teams, which is an essential skill for working with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. In addition, you will develop critical thinking, research and communication skills that are the foundation of future learning in the degree.You will need to complete 100 credit points (cp) of Discipline Knowledge units.

Introductory level: Complete all of the following units (37.5cp)

Sociology is essential for understanding the turbulence, change, diversity and mobility of the modern world. Sociology offers a precise way to understand, track and assess how ever-changing aspirations, technologies and economies impact on our social relations and cultures. In Sociology…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

Human behaviour is not universal. Why do individuals behave the way they do? Lecture content will introduce and explore theoretical descriptions of individual differences such as personality and intelligence that can impact behaviour in a variety of contexts, as well…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

 

Intermediate level: Complete all of the following units (37.5cp)

This unit provides a critical introduction to the philosophies, principles and practices of juvenile justice and child protection. The interface between juvenile justice and child protection is well established, institutionally, historically and in terms of shared clients, and an informed…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit provides a critical introduction to the interdisciplinary study of social justice. The unit draws on social sciences concepts and theories as well as a number of case studies from Australia and abroad to explore the forms of marginalization,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Examines how social issues in contemporary Australia are constructed and interpreted across their social, cultural, political and moral dimensions. The unit examines the role of discourses in the construction of social issues, social groups and social arenas as social problems…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

 

Advanced level: Complete both of the following units (25cp)

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 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

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

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

By undertaking these electives, you build foundation knowledge and skills that have a broad focus on the areas of studies of the individual and studies of society. You will gain an understanding of human development, behaviour and needs arise across the life cycle. You will advance your ability to understand and respond to ethical and social justice issues, which is important, as human rights and social justice are core values of the social work profession. And you will gain research knowledge and skills that will assist you in your studies in Year 3 and Year 4 of the degree.You will need to complete 100 credit points (cp) of Experience and Engagement units.

Studies of the Individual: Complete two of the following units (25cp)

How do assumptions about gender influence our understanding of what it means to be a human being? In this unit we explore a variety of different ways that human beings have been imagined and thought about across time in western…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

In today’s information-rich world it is essential to be able to interpret and critically evaluate empirical and popular reports of psychological research, as well as research findings more broadly. We need to be able to recognise the characteristics of valid…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

Brain and Behaviour is intended for students of Psychology, Medicine, Pharmacy, and allied science, medical and health-related professions and introduces major theoretical and empirical areas in neuroscience, biological basis of behaviour, and their associated practical applications. Lecture topics include nervous…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

How do humans perceive the world around them, learn, and make decisions? Under what conditions do we do these things well? When and why do things go a bit “pear-shaped”? How can we be better? This unit introduces the study…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

 

Ethics and Justice (Studies of Society/Social Sciences): Complete five of the following units (62.5cp)

Introduces students to central concepts and methods used by sociologists to study society. Like HGA101, this unit develops an understanding of sociology by examining the major social institutions and processes, and sociological modes of inquiry. The unit explores central sociological…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

This introduction to geography and environmental studies integrates physical and social science inquiry. You study earth evolution, human development and their interaction, in light of questions about sustainability. You apply this knowledge to issues of vital importance around the world…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

In this unit you will focus on sociological approaches to crime and the criminal justice system with the objective of understanding research and contributing to debates about: (i) patterns of crime (measuring crime victims and offenders, violent crime, white collar…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

The unit offers a broad overview of the major theories and approaches to the study of crime and deviance. It provides a survey of diverse and competing interpretations of criminal and deviant acts, the situations and contexts within which crime…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

This unit is designed to introduce students to the issues and processes associated with working with offenders, particularly those under the authority of corrective services in prison and community corrections. The unit explores issues pertaining directly to how best to…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

We are all constantly faced with moral questions, but what are the foundations of morality? On what grounds do we, should we, base our moral decisions? What is it that makes some actions right and others wrong? What is moral…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

This unit is an introduction to political philosophy. Students will study influential political ideologies, including liberalism, libertarianism, communitarianism, feminism, and Marxism. They will engage with debates about the nature of political values, such as freedom, justice, equality, and democracy. These…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit explores broad ranging and contemporary aspects of Australian politics and policy, including democratic principles and Australian institutions, values and Australian culture, the Australian electoral system and campaigns, forms of political representation and the role of lobby groups, the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit introduces students to the study of political ideologies focusing on some of the major ideological frameworks that have and continue to guide political action in the modern era. In the unit, students will consider liberal, conservative and other…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

Statistics generally indicate significant disparities between the health and well being of Indigenous people and the broader non-Indigenous population in Australia. This unit explores reasons for this situation, including a 'social determinants' approach examining socio-economic, cultural and political factors impacting…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Do you want to acquire the tools to better understand and transform the different, overlapping worlds we each inhabit individually and collectively? In this unit, you will explore the disciplinary knowledge, empirical concerns and methodological approaches of Human Geography by…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
Distance HobartSemester 1

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

 

Research: Complete either of the following units (12.5cp)

This unit introduces students to the world of social research. It answers questions about how to produce knowledge through empirical research, and discusses the methods used to solve practical problems. The unit covers a wide range of social research methodologies…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

 

Degree core knowledge units expand your understanding of how the social work profession can impact 21st century local sustainability challenges that are global in nature. You will explore collaborative, cooperative and culturally accountable social work leadership approaches that can be used to design innovative and sustainable solutions to complex and persistent social problems. Importantly, you will be introduced to the ‘lifeworlds' of Indigenous peoples, and you will consider what this means for thinking about decolonising efforts in social work and the human services.You will need to complete 100 credit points (cp) of Degree Core Knowledge units. 

Introductory level: Complete the following unit (12.5cp)

This unit uses the theoretical concept of 'Lifeworlds' to frame an exploration of the life worlds of Indigenous peoples globally: across cultural, social being and doing of Indigenous peoples at the local (palawa/pakana)Tasmania, national (Noongar), Western Australia and international (Navajo…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

 

Intermediate level: Complete the following unit (12.5cp)

Human Rights are fundamental human rights that are inherent in every individual on the basis of humanity. They are underpinned by concepts of human dignity and the essential equality of all people. This breadth unit takes an inter-disciplinary perspective to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Feb A

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

 

Advanced level: Complete the following unit (75cp)

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 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

In the fourth year, students are considered for either a Research Honours or Professional Honours specialisation 

Research Honours: Complete all of the following units (100cp)

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

The unit HGW401 Direct Practice 2 consists of two parts:Working with individuals and families: builds on the professional communication skills and techniques taught in HGW317 and integrates them with an understanding how to respond to social suffering by undertaking psychosocial…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

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

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. Throughout this placement, students will be required to undertake a research project. Research is a…

Credit Points: 37.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

 

Professional Honours: Complete all of the following units (100cp)

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

The unit HGW401 Direct Practice 2 consists of two parts:Working with individuals and families: builds on the professional communication skills and techniques taught in HGW317 and integrates them with an understanding how to respond to social suffering by undertaking psychosocial…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 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 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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

If you are interested in studying the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), you will need to meet at least one of the General Entrance Requirements of the University, and the following course-specific entry requirements:

If you are a Year 12 school leaver
  • An ATAR score of 65 or higher (or see Alternative entry pathways below).
If you are a non-school leaver
  • An equivalent ranking calculated by your previous qualifications and work experience.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your eligibility.

If you are an international student

Visit International Future Students or enquire online about your eligibility.

In order to be eligible for entry to Year 2 of the course applicants must either:

  • have completed the equivalent of at least one-year full-time study (100 credit points of units) in a Bachelor degree or one-year full-time study (100cp of units) in a degree program, excluding foundation units. It is expected that students will have undertaken at least 1 x 12.5% unit in Aboriginal studies. It is preferred students will have undertaken at least 4 x 12.5% units in study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual.

OR

  • have successfully completed the Diploma of Social Science (Community Services), or its equivalent, in the TAFE (or equivalent) sector. Students will be given advanced standing for 1 year of the BSW(Hons). They will be required to complete 8 x 12.5% units of the BSW(Hons), which includes 4 required 200 level units (Discipline and Degree Core Knowledge units) and 4 electives (Experience and Engagement units) that include at least one unit with a focus on studies of the individual/behavioural science.

OR

  • have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent). It is expected that students will have undertaken at least 1 x 12.5% unit in Aboriginal studies in their previous degree. It is preferred students will have undertaken at least 4 x 12.5% units in study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual in their completed degree. They will be required to complete 8 x 12.5% units of the BSW(Hons), which includes 4 required 200 level units (Discipline and Degree Core Knowledge units) and 4 electives (Experience and Engagement units) that include at least one unit with a focus on studies of the individual/behavioural science.

The English proficiency requirement for entry to the BSW(Hons) by International Students will be an IELTS overall score of 7 with each band no less than 6.5.

In order to be eligible for entry to Year 3 of the course, candidates 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. It is expected that students will have undertaken at least 1 x 12.5% unit in Aboriginal studies. It is required students will have undertaken at least 8 x 12.5% units in study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual.

OR

  • have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a non-related field. It is expected that students will have undertaken at least 1 x 12.5% unit in Aboriginal studies in their previous degree. It is required that students will have undertaken at least 8 x 12.5% units of the BSW(Hons), which includes 4 required 200 level units (Discipline and Degree Core Knowledge units) and 4 electives (Experience and Engagement units) that include at least one unit with a focus on studies of the individual/behavioural science.

The English proficiency requirement for entry to the BSW(Hons) by International Students will be an IELTS overall score of 7 with each band no less than 6.5.

How to apply for a credit transfer

Simply apply as part of the standard online application process for this degree. Alternatively, your credit transfer can be assessed independently via the separate Application for Advanced Standing (PDF 182KB).

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 8676 7017
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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