Bachelor of Social Work

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Social Work
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
CRICOS course code015207F
LevelUndergraduate
English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code H330
VTAC Codes1400415433 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Social work students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1, 2, 3 or 4 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises 32 credit points which must include the following:

Pass stream:

  • 29 core units (these are compulsory)
  • 3 elective units (you can choose which ones to study)

H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours):

  • 30 core units including HSW401, HSW402, HSW404, HSW416 and HSW417 (these are compulsory)
  • 2 elective units (you can choose which ones to study)

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

Inherent requirements

Students should also be aware of the inherent requirements of the course.

Course structure

Core units

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

HSW313Doing Critical 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.


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.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate entry requirements

Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

International students must have an overall IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 7.

Inherent requirements

Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. The inherent requirements of the course are available here.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Work experience

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.