Master of Social Work
Course summary for current students
|Award granted||Master of Social Work|
|Campus||This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode|
2 years of full-time study or 4 years part-time study
|Deakin course code||H703|
The two year Master of Social Work course is designed to provide a graduate level entry to educate students for critical, competent and effective professional social work practice both within the local social and community services industry and the broader national and international context. The course aims to produce graduates who are able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the broad and immediate political and welfare policy context in which they work influences their specific day-to-day practice;
- Convey a knowledge and understanding of a range of social research methods, the place of social research in social work and the ability to design and conduct research directly relevant to the practice of social work;
- Apply, understand and accept the broad inter-disciplinary nature of social work and develop the ability to demonstrate this understanding and work in a range of settings;
- Understand a generic approach to social work and be able to work at a range of levels (policy, research, administration) using a range of skills (research, communication, interpersonal, political, community development);
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic social work theories, anti-oppressive theories and empowerment perspectives and skills in field placement practice;
- Demonstrate a commitment to principles of non-discrimination, human rights and social justice;
- Demonstrate a commitment to maintaining and improving personal and professional standards of practice.
This course has provisional professional accreditation by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
Department of Human Services policy
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement.
Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience.
* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/5.departmental-policies-and-procedures/5.6-police-records-check-policy
Fees and charges
Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.
Please be aware:
- Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
- Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
- Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services
The Master of Social Work comprises 16 credit points of study, including 13 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of elective units. The elective units must be selected from the lists below.
Failure of a field education placement in the Master of Social Work will normally lead to exclusion.
|HSW701||Unit description is currently unavailable|
|HSW703||Unit description is currently unavailable|
|HSW705||Unit description is currently unavailable|
Plus one elective unit (refer to Elective Unit Information below)
|HSW702||Unit description is currently unavailable|
|HSW714||Unit description is currently unavailable (3 credit points)|
|HSW707||Unit description is currently unavailable|
|ASD704||Unit description is currently unavailable|
Plus two elective units (refer to Elective Unit Information below)
|HSW704||Unit description is currently unavailable|
|HSW715||Unit description is currently unavailable (3 credit points)|
Students must select one elective unit from each of the three lists below.
In selecting electives, students have the option of taking a stream of units in public policy, public health or international development. Alternatively, students can select electives from more than one stream if desired.
Select one of:
|AID734||Unit description is currently unavailable (International Development stream)|
|AIP740||Unit description is currently unavailable (Public Policy stream)|
|HSH702||Unit description is currently unavailable (Public Health stream)|
Select one of:
|ASD711||Unit description is currently unavailable (International Development stream)|
|AIP747||Unit description is currently unavailable (Public Policy stream)|
|HSH725||Unit description is currently unavailable (Public Health stream)|
Select one of:
|AID711||Unit description is currently unavailable (International Development stream)|
|AIP748||Unit description is currently unavailable (Public Policy stream)|
|HSH728||Unit description is currently unavailable (Public Health stream)|
|HBS745||Unit description is currently unavailable (no stream)|
|HMF701||Unit description is currently unavailable (no stream)|
Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.
Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.