Master of Social Work

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Social Work
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration

2 years of full-time study or 4 years part-time study

Deakin course codeH703

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Social Work provides a progressive and innovative approach to social work with an emphasis on social and community development; race and gender issues; critical social work perspectives; equity, power and diversity issues; and anti-oppressive and empowerment approaches to social work practice and social policy. As a student in this course, you will develop a body of knowledge and a broad range of skills 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 program has a strong emphasis on practical experience and skills gained through practicum placements.

You will develop knowledge and an integrated understanding of:

  • how the broad and immediate political and welfare policy in which people work influences their specific day-to-day practice;
  • a range of social research methods,  and the ability to design and conduct research of the broad inter-disciplinary nature of social work
  • approaches 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);
  • basic social work theories, anti-oppressive theories and empowerment perspectives and skills in field placement practice.

Professional recognition

The professionally qualifying Master of Social Work creates a new pathway for entry into the profession and prepares graduates for a more advanced level of practice. The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has fully accredited the Master of Social Work. The AASW has also singled out Deakin for our ‘critically reflective practice’, setting us apart from other social work programs in 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.


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/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-safety-screening-referee-checks-police-record-check-and-working-with-children-check

Attendance requirements

Students are required to attend a minimum of 20 days of face to face time delivered during the two-year degree. Dates to be advised. See Handbook entries for details of individual units.

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.

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
$6,362$21,000$24,000

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

The Master of Social Work comprises 16 credit points of study, including 15 credit points of core units and 1 credit point of research and evaluation elective unit. Failure of a field education placement in the Master of Social Work will normally lead to exclusion.

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HSW701Australian Social Work in an International Context

HSW703Becoming a Social Worker

HSW705Challenging Poverty and Social Exclusion

Plus one elective unit (refer to Elective Unit Information below)

Trimester 2

HSW702Understanding Care and Risk

HSW714Professional Practice in Social Work A (3 credit points)

Level 2
Trimester 1

HSW707Addressing Violence and Abuse

HSW709Practicing Social Work with Communities and Groups

HSW711Responding to Trauma, Grief and Loss

HBS745Collaborative Practice in Healthcare

Trimester 2

HSW704Reconstructing Professional Practice

HSW715Professional Practice in Social Work B (3 credit points)

Elective units

Students must select one elective unit from:

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation (Public Policy stream)

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice (Public Health stream)


Income support

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.