Bachelor of Social Work

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Social Work
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code015207F
Deakin course codeH330

Students who meet eligibility requirements will enrol in H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) for their fourth year of study.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

A degree in social work gives you the skills to enhance the wellbeing of people, taking into account the influence of policy, socio-economic factors and social justice issues. You’ll also become familiar with a range of social research methods and learn how to design and conduct research directly relevant to social work practice.

At Deakin, the Bachelor of Social Work has a particular emphasis on human rights, anti-oppressive practice and the importance of critical reflection.

You will graduate with the professional recognition and the training you need to launch a rewarding career.

With a strong emphasis on progressive, innovative and student-centered teaching practices, we aim to develop highly professional social workers who are able to work alongside individuals, groups and communities to enable social changes that support all people to have a good life.

Social work is part of a growing human services field. As a Social Work graduate you may be involved in activities as diverse as policy development and research, counselling, family therapy, drug and alcohol counselling, community development, refugee assistance and tribunal capacities. Social workers also work as program managers or coordinators, as advocates, facilitators, activists or consultants. You may work in specialist areas such as health, housing, education, or with groups such as the aged, women, youth or multi-cultural populations.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Social Work is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

The Bachelor of Social Work is offered at pass or Honours level. Students who meet eligibility requirements can apply to enrol in Honours at completion of their third year. The key eligibility criterion being a WAM of 70 or above in the Bachelor of Social Work. H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is then completed in the fourth year where BSW students are expected to undertake a suite of research focused units. It is important to plan your pathway through the Bachelor of Social Work carefully to keep the option of Honours open for the final year. Please see Course Structure Level 4 H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) for more information.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Students completing the course are eligible to apply for membership of AASW and can practise professionally throughout Australia.

Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the AASW retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.


Work-Integrated Learning

Field education placements provide an opportunity for students to learn from experience under the supervision of qualified social work practitioners. During the course you will complete two field education placements of 500 hours each, totalling a minimum of 1000 hours that are conducted in a variety of communities and workplaces in metropolitan and regional settings. As social work at Deakin has a rural focus, one of the two fieldwork placements will have a rural focus.

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy* all students are required to obtain a Police Records Check (PRC) each year prior to undertaking field placements. Students may also be required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWC).

* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at:

http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

Attendance requirements

Cloud (online) students are required to attend a minimum of 20 days of face to face time delivered during the four-year degree.  Dates to be advised. Attendance requirements will also apply to some units in other modes of study, including campus, and community based delivery at the Institute of Koorie Education.  See Handbook entries for details of individual units.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,744Not applicable$27,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

Students are required to successfully complete 32 credit points of study.

To be awarded H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) a person must complete the Honours units HSW401, HSW402, HSW404, HSW416 and HSW417 (refer course structure).

Failure of a field education placement will normally lead to exclusion.

Course structure

Level 1 - Trimester 1

AIP107Introduction to Politics

ASC101Introduction to Sociology A

HSW101Introduction to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice A

HBS107Understanding Health

Level 1 - Trimester 2

ASC102Introduction to Sociology B

HSW111Theories for Social Work Practice: Social Work Theory and Practice B

HSW118Social Work Methods in Context: Social Work Theory and Practice C

plus

HBS110Health Behaviour

Or

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

Level 2 - Trimester 1

AIP230Understanding Public Policy

HSW221Social Work Research in Ethical and Political Contexts

HSW235Community Development: Social Work Theory and Practice D

plus one elective

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HSW201Human Rights and Social Justice: Values, Ethics and the Legal Context of Social Work

HSW212Social Work Processes and Interventions: Social Work Theory and Practice E

HSW219Self and Society

plus one elective

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HSW314Social Work Field Education A

Level 3 - Trimester 2

ASC304Culture and Control: Boundaries and Identities

HSW313Anti-Oppressive Approaches to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice F

HSW316Critical Social Policy

HSW322Applied Social Research in Ethical and Political Context

Level 4 - Pass stream

Trimester 1

HSW402Critical Approaches to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice G

HSW434Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context

HSW452Working in Uncertainty: Social Work Theory and Practice H

plus one elective

Trimester 2

HSW415Social Work Field Education B

Level 4 - H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

(CRICOS code: 088319E)

Trimester 1

HSW401Social Work Research Methods

HSW402Critical Approaches to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice G

HSW416Social Work Honours Research Project A

Trimester 2

HSW404Social Work Field Education B Research Focused

HSW417Social Work Honours Research Project B

Elective units

Elective units may be chosen from any faculty in the University provided that prerequisites are met. A maximum of 2 elective units may be studied at level 1.