Courses & Units

Social Work Thesis A HGW414


Restricted to BSW (Hons) students


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 conceptualising 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 HGW414
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Associate Professor Anthea Vreugdenhil
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


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 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Devise and implement practical, informed, ethical and just responses to the tensions and dilemmas associated with the organisational, legal and policy contexts of social work practice.
  • Apply interdisciplinary research evidence and social work theories to construct clever interventions that improved the wellbeing and life chances of social work clients, service users and other stakeholders.
  • Defend chosen methods and processes for projects and research in discussion with relevant stakeholders, such as community members, co-collaborators, peers and academic supervisors.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090501 $1,812.00 $850.00 $993.00 $2,108.00

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Entry into the Research Honours pathway




Teaching Pattern

2 x 1 half-day research workshops; individual supervision

AssessmentPresentation of topic and chosen methods (50%)|Literature review (50%)
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