Master of Social Work

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Social Work
Campus

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode. Attendance at a minimum of 20 days of face to face time delivered during the two-year degree.

Cloud CampusYes
Length

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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$6,371 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$21,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code H703

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study a progressive social work course with a strong emphasis on practical experience gained through practical placements.

Social work is concerned with enhancing the wellbeing of people in their social environments. Our Master of Social Work focuses 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.

This course is accredited by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), allowing you to enter the social work profession. The AASW recognises Deakin’s social work program’s commitment to ‘critically reflective practice’, which sets it apart from other social work programs in Australia. It also meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Fieldwork provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and practical experience under the supervision of qualified social work practitioners. You will complete a minimum of 1000 hours of fieldwork placements conducted in a variety of communities and workplaces.

As a Deakin social work graduate, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the AASW and seek employment throughout Australia. The Master of Social Work creates a new pathway for entry into the profession and prepares graduates for a more advanced level of 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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Career opportunities

The two year Master of Social Work course is designed to provide a graduate level entry to educate students 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. Graduates may find employment as a social worker, policy officer, researcher, community development worker, case manager, counsellor, human rights advocate, working with individuals, families, groups and communities in the health and human services sectors.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Critically apply understanding of the histories, aims, values, ethics, theories and practice approaches of social work in contemporary Australian contexts, across all domains including working with individuals, families, groups, communities, management, research education and social policy.

Practice social work reflectively in line with the code of ethics and professional practice standards of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Communication

Evaluate and apply appropriate communication and interpersonal skills in a broad range of social work practice contexts and with a diversity of people, communities and organisations.

Digital Literacy

Use digital technology in social work practice ethically and appropriately, including service provision and management, information acquisition and dissemination, and research and evaluation.

Critical thinking

Critically analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge of social work theories, methods and skills to promote positive social change.

Engage in reflective and responsive practice that considers the social context, and the positioning of self and others.

Evaluate and apply knowledge and understanding of a range of research paradigms and methods to the design and conduct of research relevant to the practice and evaluation of social work.

Problem Solving

Apply social work knowledge and intervention skills to appropriately and creatively respond to the needs of individuals, groups and communities in diverse settings, client groups and geographic locations.

Self-management

Demonstrate a sense of identity, integrity and self-management as a professional social worker in all areas of practice.

Teamwork

Work and learn respectfully and inclusively across diverse social, discipline, cultural and political contexts.

Global Citizenship

Ability to evaluate and apply local and global knowledges social work practice to respond effectively within a human rights and social justice framework.

 

Course rules

To complete the Master of Social Work students must attain 16 credit points, 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.

Inherent requirements

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

Course structure

Core units

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.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HSW701Australian Social Work in an International Context

HSW703Becoming a Social Worker

HSW705Challenging Poverty and Social Exclusion

HSW702Understanding Care and Risk

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HSW714Professional Practice in Social Work A (3 credit points)

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

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

Level 2 - 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

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice


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/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Applicants must have a recognised university qualification with at least two units in a study of the human behaviour and two units in the study of society. Preference may be given to applicants with relevant work experience. Selection criteria will also be based on undergraduate academic results.

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

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University.

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

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


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.

Workload

As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.  

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 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.