Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

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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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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

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 may be eligible.


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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’.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for ungraded Honours. High performing students may be selected for admission into a graded Honours stream. Students selected in the graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 30 units of 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.


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


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities 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 reasonably 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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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.


Requirements and Structure Back to top

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 Bachelor (Honours) qualification.

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.

NOTE: SPSW1001 and SPSW1002 are not available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

From 2014 onwards all incoming students will enrol in the new Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) structure. Students in second and third year in 2014 will transfer to the new program, without any disruption to their current enrolment, but some change to course codes advised in their Program Enrolment Checklist (PEC) (e.g. SWRK3007, SWRK4100 and SWRK4009 will replace SWRK4001, SWRK4005 and SWRK4002).

Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work prior to 2012, who are undertaking the Honours structure - and who have had delays in their progression - will be able to transfer to and graduate with the new Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) ONLY if they complete the two honours research courses (SWRK3005 and SWRK4009). In all other cases they will complete the degree under the old Bachelor of Social Work structure.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological IntroductionSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SWRK1001Introduction to Social Work 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SWRK1002Introduction to Social Work 2

SWRK1001 must be completed before progression to SWRK1002.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from Directed Courses (SOCA1020 or FMCS1100).
FMCS1100Communication and Culture

FMCS1100 not to count with CULT1100

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCA1020Introduction to Social and Cultural AnthropologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal StudiesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SWRK2001Social Work Theory and Practice A

All 1000 SWRK courses (SWRK1001 and SWRK1002) must be completed before progression to 2000 level SWRK courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
SWRK2003Interpersonal Skills for Professional Practice

All 1000 SWRK courses (SWRK1001 and SWRK1002) must be completed before progression to 2000 level SWRK courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SWRK2200Social Work Theory and Practice B

All 1000 SWRK courses (SWRK1001 and SWRK1002) must be completed before progression to 2000 level SWRK courses. SWRK2001 must be completed before progression to SWRK2200.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
PHIL3580Ethical IssuesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPSW3070Regional Social Policy and PlanningSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LEGL3008Child LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SWRK3002Social Work Theory & Practice C

All 2000 level SWRK courses (SWRK2001, SWRK2003 and SWRK2200) must be completed before progression to 3000 level SWRK courses. SWRK3300 must be completed before progression to SWRK3002.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
SWRK3007Social Work Ethics

All 2000 level SWRK courses (SWRK2001, SWRK2003 and SWRK2200) must be completed before progression to 3000 level SWRK courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SWRK3300Field Practicum 1

All 2000 level SWRK courses (SWRK2001, SWRK2003 and SWRK2200) must be completed before progression to 3000 level SWRK courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)30 units
SWRK4500Social Work Research

All 2000 level SWRK courses (SWRK2001, SWRK2003 and SWRK2200) must be completed before progression to 3000 level SWRK courses.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
SWRK4009Social Work Honours Project

All 3000 level SWRK courses (SWRK3300, SWRK3002, SWRK3005 and SWRK3007) must be completed before progression to 3000 level SWRK courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
SWRK4300Social Work Theory and Practice F

All 3000 level SWRK courses (SWRK3300, SWRK3002, SWRK3005 and SWRK3007) must be completed before progression to 3000 level SWRK courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SWRK4400Field Practicum 2

All 3000 level SWRK courses (SWRK3300, SWRK3002, SWRK3005 and SWRK3007) must be completed before progression to 3000 level SWRK courses. SWRK4300 must be completed before progression to SWRK4400.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)30 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.40 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)