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Social Work Practicum 1 HGW303

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Placement commences on the 27th of July 2020 and concludes on the 30th of October 2020 (14 weeks)

To be eligible to undertake this professional experience placement (PEP) students are required to:

  • attend compulsory Preparation for Placement seminars;
  • meet the academic pre-requisites for this unit;
  • meet the Functional Requirements for students enrolled in Social Work; and,
  • undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children/Vulnerable People Check (Volunteer).

You will be advised of how to meet these requirements at the Fieldwork Orientation Session within the first weeks of Semester 1.

See more information and resources at Field Education Placements.


Social Work Practicum 1 is a cornerstone unit in the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Social Work Professional and Research Honours degrees. 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.

A Field educator is allocated to each student and through supervision (provided by a social worker with a minimum of 2 years full time equivalent post graduation experience in the field) the theory of social work is translated into practice. Students will be required to attend preparation seminars and a placement interview prior to commencing placement.

Full-time placements are undertaken over a period of 14 weeks.


Unit name Social Work Practicum 1
Unit code HGW303
Credit points 37.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

Matthew Williamson

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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. Implement ethical, inclusive and culturally responsive social work practice skills in an agency setting.
  2. Develop and articulate a foundational critical social work framework for practice within agency settings.
  3. Apply a foundational critical social work framework to inform social work interventions, methods, and techniques within agency settings.
  4. Practice in a manner that conforms to the inherent functional requirements of UTAS social work students and the standards outlined in the AASW Practice Standards 2013 section VI.
  5. Use a foundational social work framework to critically reflect on your own practice within professional supervision.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $2,506.00 2020: $6,324.00 090501

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



HGW302, HGW308, HGW312 and HGW327



Teaching Pattern

Students undertake 500 hours of placement (minimum) in a setting that is relevant to social work practice. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis. In some circumstances part time placements may be negotiated, subject to availability. Full time placements are undertaken over a period of 14 weeks. Students will also be required to attend preparation seminars and a field education placement interview in Semester 1. Special Note: There are compulsory preparation for placement seminars in March, April and June. Placement starts in July of each year.


Continuous evaluation of student performance by the Field Educator. At mid-placement and at the end of placement, student, field educator and liaison staff (from Social Work at UTAS) formally evaluate student performance based on the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Practice Standards 2013 and the AASW Code of Ethics 2010.

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