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2007 Bachelor of Social Work(R3B)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
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Course Duration: Minimum 2 yrs, Maximum 5 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): (03) 6324 3528


The Bachelor of Social Work is a 2 year end-on degree program that follows 2 years of successful study in a relevant degree from a recognised tertiary institution. It is offered by the School of Sociology and Social Work within the Faculty of Arts on the Launceston campus.

The course consists of eight academic units plus two fieldwork placements (Practicum 1 & 2). The academic units are available only on the Launceston campus. 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 Discipline on a case-by-case basis. The maximum period of time allowed to complete the BSW degree is 5 years.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BSW in 2007. For students who commenced prior to 2007, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2004 should refer to the 2004 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

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

  • have completed the equivalent of at least two years full-time study in a degree program; with
  • have studied both sociology and psychology at levels 100 and 200. Students are invited to check with the course coordinator whether they have sufficient and appropriate prerequisite subjects.
  • have successfully completed the Diploma of Social Science (Community Welfare), or its equivalent, in the TAFE sector; and,
  • have completed one full year of the BA or BSocSc with level 100 units in both psychology and sociology.
    Although it is not a prerequisite, it is also recommended that students study Aboriginal Studies at level 100.

If applicants believe they meet either of these requirements they may apply for admission to the course. They will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • academic achievement
  • relevance of previous study to social work
  • demonstrated interest in the course and the career
  • relevance of previous work experience to the course and career
  • equity and special considerations.

Course Objectives

The course is designed to meet the educational requirements of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). It provides the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and understanding of social functioning, social problems and social services. It emphasises the application of professional social work methods in the workplace and aims to produce graduates who have achieved the level of competency expected of those who are beginning a career in social work.

As a student you will be expected to develop:

  • the ability to reflect critically on all aspects of practice;
  • the necessary analytical and interactional skills for a wide range of situations involving individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities;
  • personal insight and awareness in order to develop the potential for continued professional growth;
  • the ability to contribute to the improvement and development of social welfare policy and services; and
  • the ability to conduct research for the development of social work knowledge.

Career Outcomes

Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of positions and may find employment as social workers, community workers, crisis intervention workers, counsellors, managers of human services and outreach workers.

Articulation to/from Course

This course articulates with other degrees and units from recognised tertiary institutions as well as with the Diploma in Social Sciences (Community Welfare) (or equivalent) from TAFE institutions in Australia. Specific details are given under the heading 'Admission and prerequisites'.

Professional Recognition

The degree course is the only course in Tasmania which leads to accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

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