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Master of Social Work

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Social Work
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Length

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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2014$6,190* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$17,640* - 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

The Master of Social Work has an emphasis on rural and regional communities; race and gender issues; equity, power and diversity issues; social and community development; 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.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

 

Domestic students enrolled in this course may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course. 

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.

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Course rules

The Master of Social Work comprises 16 credit points of study, including 13 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of elective units.  The elective units must be selected from the lists below.

 

Failure of a field education placement in the Master of Social Work will normally lead to exclusion.

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Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HSW701 Australian Social Work in an International Context  

HSW703 Becoming a Social Worker  

HSW705 Challenging Poverty and Social Exclusion  

 

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

 

Trimester 2

HSW702 Understanding Care and Risk  

HSW714 Professional Practice in Social Work A  (3 credit points)

 

Level 2
Trimester 1

HSW707 Addressing Violence and Abuse  

ADS704 Community Development Theory and Practice A  (previously coded ASD704)

 

Plus two elective units (refer to Elective Unit Information below)

 

Trimester 2

HSW704 Reconstructing Professional Practice  

HSW715 Professional Practice in Social Work B  (3 credit points)

 

Elective units

Students must select one elective unit from each of the three lists below.

In selecting electives, students have the option of taking a stream of units in public policy, public health or international development. Alternatively, students can select electives from more than one stream if desired.

 

Select one of:

ADS734 Political Development Record  (previously coded AID734) (International Development stream)

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  (Public Policy stream)

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  (Public Health stream)

 

and

 

Select one of:

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  (Public Policy stream)

HSH725 Research Literacy for Health Practice  (Public Health stream)

 

and

 

Select one of:

ADS711 Non-government Organisations and Development  (previously coded AID711) (International Development stream)

AIP748 Intergovernmental Relations  (Public Policy stream)

HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights  (Public Health stream)

HBS745 Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care  (no stream)

HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine  (no stream)

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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-police-record-check-policy-including-working-with-children-check

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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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

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.

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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.

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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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.

 

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