The most valuable method of integrating learnt theory into practice is through the real-time educational experience of being, knowing and doing within social work practice itself.
Field education is a major component of the:
- Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (A4S) (BSW); and
- Master of Social Work (Qualifying) (R7O) (MSW).
Students undertake two Field Education placements during their Social Work course (minimum 500 hours each placement), which take place in Semester 2.
Students are placed in community, health, and human services agencies (Governmental and non-governmental) across Tasmania, providing a wide range of learning opportunities.
The chance to work with potential employers through our social work sector.
1000 hours of supervised professional fieldwork placements.
These placements enable students to:
- apply and build on knowledge from academic units,
- gain professional workplace experience,
- develop social work skills, and
- to learn more about the practice of Social Work as a change agent.
These attributes will be applied across a wide range of issues and situations, and in a diverse range of contacts. They are informed by core values including social justice, human rights, human dignity and equity.
Students will be expected to develop:
- a beginning professional social work identity;
- competence in ethical and inclusive practice skills;
- an ability to think critically and reflectively about their practice;
- a commitment to growth and development through active participation in professional supervision and continuing professional education activities.
- Innovative and problem-solving skills
Australian Association of Social Work (AASW)
Field education policies and procedures at UTAS are underpinned by standards established by the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) and are contained in the following documents:
- AASW Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (2012),
in particular the Guideline 1.2: Guidance on field education programs (PDF 217KB)
- AASW Practice Standards (2013) (PDF 505KB)
- AASW Supervision Standards (2014) (PDF 677KB)
For more details about our Social Work course offerings, pathways and career options, please go to our Social Work page.