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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Course code: R3B
Commencing in 1996 the Bachelor of Social Work is a 2 year end-on degree program offered by the Department of Social Work within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The normal requirement for entry to the course is the completion of at least two years successful full-time study in a relevant degree program from a recognised tertiary institution with a predominance of subjects being in the social and behavioural sciences. A small number of places are available for applicants who have completed the Associate Diploma in Social Sciences (Community Welfare), or its equivalent, and who have a minimum two years successful post-qualification employment in the welfare field.
The course is only available on the Launceston Campus and may be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Practicum units are normally taken on a full-time basis. Applicants should be aware that they may be required to take at least one practicum placement in any area of the State and that accommodation and travel costs are to be met by them. The maximum period of time allowed to complete the BSW degree is five years.
Currently sociology and psychology are available only as sub-majors. However, the Department of Social Work expects to be able to offer a full major in sociology and behavioural science by 1997. Students commencing the BA in 1996 should therefore be able to undertake majors in these disciplines.

Admission requirements & 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; and
* demonstrate they have completed a substantial amount of that study in the behavioural and social sciences, normally understood as two years in psychology/behavioural science and sociology;
* have successfully completed the Associate Diploma of Social Science (Community Welfare), or its equivalent, in the TAFE sector; and,
* demonstrate at least two years of successful post-qualification employment in a social/community welfare role.

If applicants believe they meet either of these requirements they may apply for admission to the course. Applicants will be required to attend an interview and will then be assessed against the following criteria:
* academic achievement
* relevance of previous study to social work
* demonstrated interest in the course and the career
* communication skills
* 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 aims to produce graduates who have knowledge and understanding of social functioning, social problems and social services. As a graduate, you will be able to apply professional social work methods in the work place and with a competency expected of those who are beginning a career in social work. As a student you will be expected to develop:
* the necessary analytical and interactional skills for a wide range of situations involving individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities; the ability to think critically and constructively about different approaches to social work;
* 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.

Course structure
The program of units for the course is set out in the schedule below. The course comprises 2 years full-time study (or its part time equivalent) in compulsory academic and field work units. Field work (practicum) is normally taken full time. Applications for part time field placement will be considered by the head of department on a case-by-case basis.
Full-time students are required to enrol in units with a combined weighting of not more than 100%. Part-time students are required to enrol in units with a combined weighting of not more than 50%. Overloads are not permitted by the Department. Students must also complete the practicum requirements in not more than three attempts for the two units. Where students fail a field practicum they may be required to complete additional work specified by the Head of Department before being permitted to re-enrol in that field practicum. If students cannot complete the practicum units in three attempts (due to failure or withdrawal) they will not be eligible for the degree unless they receive the specific permission of the Head of Department to re-enrol. Students will not be permitted any more than two attempts at any academic unit.

Articulation with other courses
As already indicated this course articulates with other degrees and units from recognized tertiary institutions as well as with the Associate Diploma in Social Sciences (Community Welfare) (or equivalent) from TAFE institutions in Australia. Specific details are given under the heading Admission requirements and prerequisites.
'Unit Weight' represents the proportion(%) of a normal full-time study load, and is used for calculating the services and amenities fee and your Higher Education Contribution Scheme liability.

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