Courses & Units

Social Work Practicum 1 HGW513


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.

See more information and resources at Field Education Placements.


Social Work Practicum 1 is a cornerstone unit in the 1st year of the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) degree. Students are required to undertake at least 14 weeks full-time equivalent (FTE) of placement in a setting that provides the opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit.

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 prior to commencing placement.


Unit name Social Work Practicum 1
Unit code HGW513
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
Level Postgraduate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Implement ethical, inclusive and culturally responsive social work practice skills in an agency setting.
  • Develop and articulate a foundational critical social work framework for practice within agency settings.
  • Apply a foundational critical social work framework to inform social work interventions, methods, and techniques within agency settings.
  • 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.
  • Use a foundational social work framework to critically reflect on your own practice within professional supervision.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090501 $5,678.00 $2,664.00 $3,112.00 $6,639.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

If you have any questions in relation to the fees, please contact UConnect or more information is available on StudyAssist.

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Teaching Pattern

Students undertake at least 14 weeks FTE of placement. 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 prior to placement, some of these may occur in Semester 1.

Placement (full-time) commences in late August and concludes in early December.

AssessmentProgressive and mid-placement assessment and Final placement assessment (100%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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