Bachelor of Social Work

Course summary for current students

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Social work is concerned with enhancing the wellbeing of people in their social environments. It is a broad profession with diverse practices that may include working with individuals, families, groups, communities and organisations.

The Bachelor of Social Work provides a progressive and innovative approach to social work with emphasis on personal, community and social development in urban, rural, local and global contexts. The course engages with the interplay between diversity, power and social inequality through anti-oppressive, empowerment and critically-reflective approaches to social work practice and social policy.

Throughout the course, you will develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • the interplay between the broad socio-economic, interpersonal and personal influences on individual peoples’ lives;
  • how the socio-political and policy contexts in which people work influences their day-to-day practice;
  • a range of social research methods and the ability to design and conduct research directly relevant to social work practice;
  • the broad inter-disciplinary nature of social work and an ability to apply knowledge from theories, research and experience in practice
  • principles of non-discrimination, human rights and social justice, and an ability to apply these in relation to traditionally marginalised and disadvantaged groups;
  • working  across social and cultural differences, whilst respecting difference and multiple diversities of identities;
  • personal and professional standards of practice in the context of a capacity for life-long learning.

The Bachelor of Social Work is offered at pass or honours level. An honours stream is available in the fourth year.

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.


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 a minimum of 980 hours of fieldwork placements 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/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-safety-screening-referee-checks-police-record-check-and-working-with-children-check

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

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

Course rules

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

To be awarded the Bachelor of Social Work degree with honours a person must complete the honours units HSW456 and HSW457 (refer course structure).

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

Course structure

(For students commencing 2009 onwards).

Note: Students who commenced prior to 2009 must follow the course structure applicable to their level of commencement.

Level 1
Trimester 1

AIP107Contemporary Australian Politics

ASC101Introduction to Sociology A

HSW101Introduction to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice A

HBS107Understanding Health

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
AIP230Public Policy in Australia

HSW221Social Work Research in Ethical and Political Contexts

HSW235Community Development: Social Work Theory and Practice D

plus one (1) elective

Trimester 2

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

HSW219Self and Society

MLS231Legal and Ethical Contexts of Social Work

plus one (1) elective


Level 3

Trimester 1

HSW314Social Work Field Education A

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

Trimester 1
HSW402Critical Approaches to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice G

HSW434

Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context


HSW452Working in Uncertainty: Social Work Theory and Practice H

plus one (1) elective

Trimester 2

HSW415Social Work Field Education 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.

Level 4Honours stream

Trimester 1

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

HSW434

Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context


HSW456Honours Research Project in Social Work A

Trimester 2

HSW415Social Work Field Education B

HSW457Honours Research Project in Social Work B


 

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