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Professional Pathway Social Work Practicum HGW433


The final year Social Work Practicum is one of the capstone units in the Master of Social Work (Qualifying). Students undertake 500 hours (minimum) of placement 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.

You will design and implement interventions and strategies. You will document the development, application and evaluation of your interventions. At the end of the placement, you are expected to demonstrate that you meet the beginning standards of professional social work practice.

You will be required to attend preparation seminars in Semester 1.

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


Unit name Professional Pathway Social Work Practicum
Unit code HGW433
Credit points 37.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Doctor Tina Kostecki
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and demonstrate ethical, inclusive and culturally responsive social work practice skills in an agency setting.
  • Describe social work theories and apply theory to practice in an agency setting.
  • Identify and take responsibility for a range of tasks and social work interventions, methods and techniques used within an agency setting.
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes, workplace behaviours and communication skills (verbal, nonverbal and written) appropriate to the profession of social work, particularly in complex and challenging situations.
  • Critically reflect on your own practice within professional supervision.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090501 $5,437.00 $2,551.00 $2,981.00 $6,324.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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HGW423, HGW424 and HGW431


Teaching PatternPlacement (full-time) commences in late May and concludes in late August.

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 during Orientation week.

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AssessmentFinal placement assessment (100%)|Progressive and mid-placement assessment
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