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HSW314 - Social Work Field Education A

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Enrolment modes:

(CBD, S, X)

Credit point(s):4

Trimester 1

EFTSL value: 0.500
Cohort rule:

This unit is available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (H330)

Unit chair:

J Moyle (S)

Prerequisite:Completion of all level 1 and level 2 HSW coded core units and MLS231

Aside from its national focus through the off-campus mode, the course was established to service many rural areas in Australia and has a strong rural focus. For this reason it is expected that students will have one placement which has a rural focus - i.e. one where clients and/or workers face issues related to rurality such as isolation and lack of access to services. Students are required to undertake pre-placement preparation (two day workshop for those residing in Victoria; teleconference for those residing interstate). These pre-placement workshops must be completed prior to going on placement and will take place at the start of each trimester.

Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


In consultation with their academic and field educators, students are expected to develop an individualised educational plan for the practicum. This plan should be designed so that they are able to demonstrate that they have begun to master the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards by working with selected clientele and sharing in selected aspects of the associated work of the agencies in which they are placed. Students will be expected to reflect critically on day-to-day experiences in practicum, explore issues and make verbal and written presentations to peers, colleagues and mentors. Students are required to attend three integration seminars on campus or respond on a weekly basis to discussion questions on CloudDeakin.


70 days (500 hours) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program; critical incident report (1500 words); completion of weekly reflective journal for discussion in professional supervision.


Students and field educators need to complete and submit mid placement and final placement assessment documents using the Deakin BSW field placement assessment formats.


The practicum is ungraded and students will receive either a pass or fail grade.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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