Courses & Units

Social Work Thesis A HGW609

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Social Work Thesis A extends your understanding of the purpose and practices of research that you gain in HGW423 Social Work Research Practice. You will do this by conceptualizing and beginning to implement a research topic that focuses on improving the wellbeing and life chances of social work clients, service users and other stakeholders. You will learn advanced skills in research design and methods, and you will be required to defend the focus and methods of your research in discussion with others. Upon successful completion of this unit, you will advance the implementation of your research project in Semester 2.


Unit name Social Work Thesis A
Unit code HGW609
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Propose research that can address the tensions and dilemmas associated with the organisational, legal and policy contexts of social work practice.
  2. Formulate practice innovations that are based on research evidence to improve the wellbeing and life chances of social work clients, service users and other stakeholders.
  3. Plan collaborative and cooperative social work projects and research and justify how they can improve people’s lives.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090501

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Entry into the Research Pathway.

HGW503, HGW512, HGW513, HGW516 and HGW527


Teaching Pattern

2 x 4-hour workshops and individual supervision


Literature review 2000 words (50%); presentation of topic and chosen methods (50%)

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