Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

CRICOS Course Code: 111670E

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The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is grounded in theories of human rights, social justice, and social development. The course provides a strong base of critical and reflective thinking, combined with a drive for innovative practice and social impact. It offers students a comprehensive understanding of the important role of social work practice in achieving justice, inclusion and wellbeing. Students will be prepared to work across a diverse range of areas including children and families, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

This course is developed within the framework of the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (2020) [ASWEAS, 2020]. Designed in consultation with the social work industry, this course is not only linked to employment, but also to creating competencies that lead to a rewarding, self-determined professional life. Students will be well placed to add significant social, cultural and economic value to society through entrepreneurial activities in social work (such as the development of charities and NGOs) and advocating for policies and practices that encourage the fair allocation of resources. Integrated field education is a core component of the BSW course, involving 1,000 hours of experience in work placements.

Course Highlights:

  • An exciting and new undergraduate course targeted at individuals who want to pursue socially responsive and responsible directions in social work practice.
  • Focusing on high student satisfaction rate and learning outcomes, reflected by developing the experiential and critical thinking competence in students that enables them translating exciting ideas into culturally engaged actions.
  • Graduates either take the challenge of becoming socially responsible professionals, or proactively engage in the expanding field of social work entrepreneurial careers.
  • Face-to-face teaching in a conveniently located College, or, equivalent hours of teaching in an online or blended mode.
  • Taught and supported by highly knowledgeable, experienced and culturally competent teachers and support staff.
  • Includes 1000 hours of field education and a Capstone Units where students can get world experience.
  • The BSW course will require the completion of the 23 Core Units, plus 3 Elective Units (out of 6 electives offered) and 2 Field Education components (compulsory). Each Unit is worth 6 credit points, while each Field Education is worth 18 credit points, each divided into A and B. The course requires students to complete 192 credit points.

Course Overview:

BSW Structure

Field Education:

BSW Field Education The BSW includes two placements totalling 1,000 hours. These placements are split into Field Education 1 (480 hours) and Field Education 2 (520 hours). Each field placement is split into 2 Units – that is, Field Education 1A (12 Credit) + Field Education 1B (6 Credit), and Field Education 2A (12Credit) + Field Education 2B (6 Credit), covering different aspects of social work.