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Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Bachelors Honours Degree (C/w)

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • ATAR

    N/A

  • Inherent Requirements

    No

  • Language Requirements

    IELTS Overall Score 7.0 minimum in all bands

  • Entry Requirements

  • Course abbreviation

    BSW(Hons)

  • Course code

    3508010

  • Credit points

    384

  • Equivalent units

    32

  • Indicative Fee


Overview

The course prepares students to work in a diverse range of fields including health and mental health, child and family welfare, cross-cultural work and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, youth work, homelessness, domestic and family violence, disability, drug and alcohol, community development, and advocacy.

Underpinned by core principles of social justice and human rights, the course engages students in contemporary anti-oppressive, decolonised and trauma-informed approaches to social work practice. This high job growth area offers a variety of careers in client service roles, service management, research, strategy and policy development.

Core units within the course cover essential theories, methods and skills for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. These are complemented by foundational studies in Indigenous world views, sociology, politics, human development and social research.

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is designed for social work students who are interested in designing their own research project or pursuing further studies at a postgraduate level.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Apply social work values, knowledge and skills in practice and research processes to address client needs, organisational goals and social policy change.

GA2: Creativity

Ensure that clients’ needs are addressed holistically and creatively, drawing on relevant theory, research and practice wisdom.

GA3: Ethical practice

Promote and implement policies and practices to achieve a fair, equitable and efficient allocation of social resources, and identify inappropriate or inequitable policy goals and outcomes.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Ensure that client needs, organisational goals and community expectations of social work services are met in the most appropriate manner, using social work knowledge, skills and resources.

Create research outputs demonstrating advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of social work.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Demonstrate a commitment to continually increase professional knowledge and skills and to continuing education and lifelong learning.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders , including clients, colleagues and managers including within a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Demonstrate advanced skills to design and implement a research project and critically interpret and communicate the findings.

GA7: Cultural competence

Apply knowledge of organisational and societal systems and processes to identify inequality and ensure appropriate action is taken so that social barriers, inequality and injustice are reduced.

All students complete 1,000 hours of professional placement across two separate human service organisations.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Term 1 N/A N/A
Online Term 1 N/A N/A

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising all core units.

Entry requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

Language requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising all core units.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes

First Year

POLT1001 Australian Politics
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
SOCI1001 Introduction to Sociology
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1001 Indigenous World-Views
Term2,4
12
Location Domestic International
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
CRTV1002 Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
WELF1001 Introduction to Social Welfare
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
SOCI1005 Social Policy
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
WELF1002 Community Development
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
WELF1003 Counselling Theory and Practice
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Enrolment information All students are required to meet compulsory participation requirements to pass the unit. Gold Coast students must attend weekly on-campus tutorials. Online students must attend a 3 day on-campus residential (8.30 am to 4.30 pm Friday to Sunday inclusive) at either the Coffs Harbour (week 2), Gold Coast (week 3) or Lismore (week 4) campus. A record of attendance will be kept at all tutorials and residentials.

Second Year

WELF2005 Case Management and Care Planning
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
SWRK2001 Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Enrolment information All students are required to meet participation requirements comprising 42 hours of compulsory attendance at either on-campus tutorials (GC students) or an on-campus residential (online students)
SOCI2006 Doing Social Research
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
INDG2001 Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Term2,4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
WELF2003 Trauma Informed Practice
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
WELF3002 Issues of Protection
Term2,3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2,3
Term2,3
Online
Term2,3
Term2,3
SWRK2002 Social Work Practice II - Teams and Groups
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
SWRK3001 Social Work Practice III - Mental Health
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Third Year

SWRK2005 Social Work Placement I
Tri Term1,2
36 Note 2
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Tri Term1,2
Tri Term1,2
Online
Tri Term1,2
N/A
Pre-requisites WELF1001 - Introduction to Social Welfare AND WELF1003 - Counselling Theory and Practice AND SWRK2001 - Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships AND SWRK2002 - Social Work Practice II - Teams and Groups
Anti-requisites SWRK2003 - Social Work Placement Ia
Enrolment information International onshore students must enrol in the internal offering of this unit. This unit contains Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities that require students to meet mandatory fit to practice obligations prior to attending. Failure to comply by the fit to practice deadline will result in the cancellation of your WIL activity. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.
Enrolment restrictions Students must seek approval to enrol following submission of required documentation in accordance with Field Education guidelines.
SWRK3002 Social Work Practice IV - Organisational Practice
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
SWRK3003 Social Work Practice V - Policy and Community Activism
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC2004 Lifespan Psychology
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
SWRK3004 Social Work Practice VI - Advanced Practice Methods
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisites WELF1003 - Counselling Theory and PracticeWELF2005 - Case Management and Care PlanningWELF2003 - Trauma Informed PracticeSWRK2001 - Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships
Enrolment information All students are required to meet participation requirements comprising 42 hours of compulsory attendance at either on-campus tutorials (GC students) or an on-campus residential (online students)
SWRK4003 Social Work Honours Thesis I
Dual Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Dual Term4
Dual Term4
Online
Dual Term4
N/A
Pre-requisites SOCI2006 - Doing Social Research
Enrolment restrictions Students must be approved to enrol.

Fourth Year

SWRK3005 Social Work Practice VII - Social Work in Legal Contexts
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Enrolment information All students are required to meet participation requirements comprising 42 hours of compulsory attendance at either on-campus tutorials. (GC students) or an on-campus residential (online students)
SWRK4004 Social Work Honours Thesis II
Dual Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Dual Term2
Dual Term2
Online
Dual Term2
Dual Term2
Pre-requisites SWRK4003 - Social Work Honours Thesis I
Enrolment information Please note this unit has an assessment due in the last week of dual term. Details will be provided closer to the time.
Enrolment restrictions Students must be approved to enrol.
HLTH4005 Research Design
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
N/A
SWRK4006 Social Work Honours Placement II
Tri Term2
36 Note 2
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Tri Term2
Tri Term2
Online
Tri Term2
Tri Term2
Pre-requisites SWRK2005 - Social Work Placement I AND SWRK3004 - Social Work Practice VI - Advanced Practice Methods AND SWRK4003 - Social Work Honours Thesis I
Enrolment information International onshore students must enrol in the internal offering of this unit. This placement should be completed at the end of your degree.
Enrolment restrictions Students must seek approval to enrol having provided required documentation in accordance with Field Education guidelines.
SWRK4007 Social Work Honours Thesis III
Tri Term2
24 Note 1
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Tri Term2
Tri Term2
Online
Tri Term2
Tri Term2
Pre-requisites SWRK4004 - Social Work Honours Thesis II AND HLTH4005 - Research Design
Enrolment restrictions Students must be approved to enrol.

Note 1:

Double-weighted unit (24cp)

Note 2:

Triple-weighted unit (36cp)

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
Core Units
POLT1001 Australian Politics
SOCI1001 Introduction to Sociology
INDG1001 Indigenous World-Views
CRTV1002 Create: Innovate: Change
WELF1001 Introduction to Social Welfare
SOCI1005 Social Policy
WELF1002 Community Development
WELF1003 Counselling Theory and Practice
WELF2005 Case Management and Care Planning
SWRK2001 Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships
SOCI2006 Doing Social Research
INDG2001 Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
WELF2003 Trauma Informed Practice
WELF3002 Issues of Protection
SWRK2002 Social Work Practice II - Teams and Groups
SWRK3001 Social Work Practice III - Mental Health
SWRK2005 Social Work Placement I Note 2
SWRK3002 Social Work Practice IV - Organisational Practice
SWRK3003 Social Work Practice V - Policy and Community Activism
PSYC2004 Lifespan Psychology
SWRK3004 Social Work Practice VI - Advanced Practice Methods
SWRK4003 Social Work Honours Thesis I
SWRK4004 Social Work Honours Thesis II
SWRK3005 Social Work Practice VII - Social Work in Legal Contexts
HLTH4005 Research Design
SWRK4006 Social Work Honours Placement II Note 2
SWRK4007 Social Work Honours Thesis III Note 1