Master of Social Work

Postgraduate coursework

With the flexibility of online study, Deakin's Master of Social Work gives you the practical and theoretical knowledge to make a difference.

Domestic student information

Key facts

Duration

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

Campuses

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 6 December 2019 (CSP applications) and 2 February 2020 (Full Fee Paying applications)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Social Work students must attain 16 credit points. All units are core (these are compulsory).

Students must complete two practice education units as part of the core units, each involving a minimum of 500 hours (across at least 65 days) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program.

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

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Inherent requirements

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

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2017 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult a student advisor.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Australian Social Work in an International Context HSW701
  • Understanding Care and Risk HSW702
  • Becoming a Social Worker HSW703
  • Challenging Poverty and Social Exclusion HSW705
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Professional Practice in Social Work A HSW714 (3 credit points)
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice HSH725
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Addressing Violence and Abuse HSW707
  • Practicing Social Work with Communities and Groups HSW709
  • Responding to Trauma, Grief and Loss HSW711
  • Collaborative Practice in Healthcare HBS745
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Reconstructing Professional Practice HSW704
  • Professional Practice in Social Work B HSW715 (3 credit points)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Social Work
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    H703
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    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.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    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.

    In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students are also required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    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 for 2019 are listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/students/faculties/faculty-of-health/school-of-health-and-social-development/course-info/master-of-social-work-attendance-requirements

     

    Participation requirements

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

    Work experience

    Practice Education 

    Students must complete two practice education units, each involving a minimum of 500 hours (across at least 65 days) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program. Students must also attend and participate in the associated pre-placement preparation seminars at Waterfront (Geelong) in the Trimester prior to the placement being undertaken - dates to be advised.

    Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) is possible for the first placement only (HSW714-Professional Practice in Social Work A) for students who are able to demonstrate that their prior work experience has provided them with the knowledge and experience that would normally be provided in the first placement. Applications for RPL are due 30th March of the year students are due to undertake their first placement. Late applications cannot be accepted.

    Further information is available in the RPL Guidelines

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

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

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, with two units in human behaviour and two units in study of society.

    Examples of units in human behaviour include anything behavioural science related, including:

    • Psychology, research and policy related fields
    • Counselling or therapeutic roles such as Play Therapy, Rehabilitation Counselling, Art Therapy, Music therapy, Disability and Inclusion,
    • Clinical areas such as child development, drug and alcohol work, medicine, emergency services, working with older people, working with people with a disability, education,
    • Allied health such as Midwifery, Occupational therapy/health, Nursing, Audiology, Health promotion, Physiotherapy

    Examples of units in study of society include:

    • Social science,
    • Anthropology,
    • Political science,
    • International relations,
    • Community development,
    • Economics: with a health or social focus
    • Health and sustainability,
    • Public health,
    • Health promotion, 
    • Geography,
    • Criminology
    • Indigenous studies

    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.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Students must have completed Masters level education to be granted Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) for approved prior study. Applications for RPL on the basis of prior study should be submitted at least one week prior to the commencement of the trimester of offer.

    RPL cannot be granted for informal learning for any Master of Social Work units other than HSW714 – Professional Practice in Social Work.

    Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) is possible for the first placement only (HSW714-Professional Practice in Social Work A) for students who are able to demonstrate that their prior work experience has provided them with the knowledge and experience that would normally be provided in the first placement.

    There is a separate process in applying for this type of RPL and more information is available in RPL Guidelines.

    Applications for RPL are due 30 March of the year students are due to undertake their first placement. Late applications cannot be accepted and students are encouraged to apply earlier than this if possible.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $22,400 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
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    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $7,129 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

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

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
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    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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.

    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.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    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.

     

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