Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

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Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

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7th May 2015 7:13am

Program Code

12317

AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 4 years full time.

International - 4 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

  • Callaghan Campus - 77.00

Recommended Studies

HSC Mathematics or equivalent.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

Social workers are concerned with personal and social relationships between individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. They seek to relieve distress, redress inequality, promote social justice and participate in the processes of social change which remove structural disadvantage and create opportunities for people to achieve their own goals.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .  Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement.  Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.


Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Compulsory Program Requirements

There is a compulsory placement of 70 days in the third and 70 days in the fourth year of the program.


Professional Recognition

Australian Association of Social Workers

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) has been accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (Ltd). As an undergraduate student you can join the Australian Association of Social Workers (Ltd) as an associate member and become a full member when you graduate.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

320 units

Program Duration

4 years full time up to 10 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The program requires the successful completion of 320 units in the prescribed sequence consisting of:

  • 270 units of CORE COURSES as set out in the list of Approved Courses; and
  • 10 unit DIRECTED COURSE; and
  • 40 units of ELECTIVES selected from other available undergraduate courses; 20 units of these electives may be selected at 1000 level, and the other 20 units must be at 2000 level or higher.

It is recommended that this program be undertaken on a full-time basis (80 units per year) but part-time options are available.

A Student enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degree program must successfully complete all compulsory Social Work (SWRK) courses at each level of the academic program before proceeding to Social Work (SWRK) compulsory courses at a higher level.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Distance)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SWRK1001Introduction to Social Work 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SWRK1002Introduction to Social Work 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SWRK2001Social Work Theory and Practice A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
SWRK2003Interpersonal Skills for Professional Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SWRK2200Social Work Theory and Practice B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
LEGL3008Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHIL3580Ethical Issues
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPSW3070Regional Social Policy and Planning
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SWRK3002Social Work Theory & Practice C
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
SWRK3007Social Work Ethics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SWRK3300Field Practicum 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
30 units
SWRK4009Social Work Honours Project
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
SWRK4300Social Work Theory and Practice F
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SWRK4400Field Practicum 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
30 units
SWRK4500Social Work Research
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from these directed courses

FMCS1100Communication and Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCA1020Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Electives

Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

Honours

All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for ungraded Honours.  Graded Honours is determined by the cumulative WAM and results in the research courses.

The class of Honours are:

  • Class I
  • Class II, Division 1
  • Class II, Division 2
  • Ungraded

The criteria for the determination of Honours grade are detailed in the Bachelor Honours Policy [000990] located in the University Policy Library. Please see the Program convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of society, how it has developed and how it is organised
  • Ability to analyse the social, political, economic, historic, cultural and ecological factors impacting upon social work practice contexts, giving particular attention to dimensions of power and disadvantage
  • Knowledge of social welfare arrangements, their history and organisation and of the law in Australia
  • Knowledge of individual behaviour and development within social contexts
  • Ability to analyse macro, meso and micro causal impacts on human life
  • Knowledge and skill in the range of social work interventions: interpersonal practice, advocacy, group work, community work, social action, research and social policy
  • Competence in interpersonal, communication, negotiation and mediation skills
  • Skills in reflective and critical thinking and analysis, data collection and management
  • Skills in the assessment of social work practice situations and ability to make informed judgements about appropriate interventions and responses
  • Skills in recognising and analysing ethical issues and adherence to the AASW code of ethics

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

If Field Education presents problems with access etc, please discuss with academic staff.

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