Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
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3rd Dec 2016 12:58pm
Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 4 years full time.
International - 4 years full time.
HSC Mathematics or equivalent.
Relevant University rules and policies
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 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 Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.
HSC Mathematics or equivalent.
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.
Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
SWRK2001 - Social Work Theory and Practice A
SWRK2003 - Interpersonal Skills for Professional Practice
SWRK2200 - Social Work Theory and Practice B
SWRK3002 - Social Work Theory and Practice C
SWRK3300 - Field Practicum 1
SWRK4009 - Social Work Honours Project
SWRK4400 - Field Practicum 2
SWRK4500 - Social Work Research
Australian Association of Social Workers
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
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.
The program requires the successful completion of 320 units in the prescribed sequence, consisting of:
- Core Courses - 270 units.
- Directed Courses - 10 units.
- Electives - 40 units
Students must not exceed 100 units at any level (1000, 2000, 3000 or 4000).
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.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available at the top of this page.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
|ABOR1110||Introduction to Aboriginal Studies||10 units|
|PSYC1010||Psychology Introduction 1||10 units|
|PSYC1020||Psychology Introduction 2||10 units|
|SOCA1010||Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
|SWRK1001||Introduction to Social Work 1||10 units|
|SWRK1002||Introduction to Social Work 2||10 units|
|SWRK2001||Social Work Theory and Practice A||20 units|
|SWRK2003||Interpersonal Skills for Professional Practice||10 units|
|SWRK2200||Social Work Theory and Practice B||20 units|
|LEGL3008||Child Law||10 units|
|PHIL3580||Ethical Issues||10 units|
|SPSW3070||Regional Social Policy and Planning||10 units|
|SWRK3002||Social Work Theory and Practice C||20 units|
|SWRK3007||Social Work Ethics||10 units|
|SWRK3300||Field Practicum 1||30 units|
|SWRK4009||Social Work Honours Project||20 units|
|SWRK4300||Social Work Theory and Practice F||10 units|
|SWRK4400||Field Practicum 2||30 units|
|SWRK4500||Social Work Research||10 units|
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.
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
The criteria for the determination of an Honours grade is detailed in the Bachelor Honours Policy  located in the University Policy Library.
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
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.
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.
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.