Bachelor of Social Work

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Faculty of Education and Arts

Program Code

10021

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

  • 480900 - Newcastle (Callaghan)

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus

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

This program is available for continuing students only.

New students please see Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/12317.html

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’.


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In order to be considered for entry into Honours, students must achieve the following high academic performance for studies:

  • GPA of 5.5 or more over program
  • GPA of 5.5 at the 3000/4000 level of program
  • Distinction grade for SWRK3005.

Eligible students must be either invited or have had a written application approved by the relevant Pro-Vice Chancellor.

HONOURS GRADING

There are 3 classes of Honours:

  • Class I- GPA of 6.0 or more in 3000/4000 level courses & average mark of 85 or more in Research Component
  • Class II, Division 1- GPA of 6.0 or more in 3000/4000 level courses & average mark of 75 or more in Research Component; OR GPA of 5.5 or more in 3000/4000 level courses & average mark of 85 or more in Research Component
  • Class II, Division 2- GPA of 5.5 or more in 3000/4000 level courses & average mark of 65 or more in Research Component.

Students who do not meet the criteria for Honours will be awarded an ordinary degree.

  • *Honours is currently under review & may change**

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There is a compulsory 70 day placement in the third and fourth year of the degree.


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The Bachelor of Social Work 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.


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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.


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

  • 280 units of CORE courses as set out in the list of Approved Courses; 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. N.B. For students undertaking an Honours program, the 20 units at 2000 level are replaced by honours thesis courses in the 4th year of the program.

Except with the approval of the Head of School, the program is only available on a full-time basis (80 units per year) and would normally take four years to complete.

A Student enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work degree program or any combined degree program of which it is a part, 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 program.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

Students who have completed LEGL1001 (Foundations of Law) prior to 2013 will be able to count this course towards their program as a 10 unit directed course in Year 3.

All other students are required to undertake LEGL2008 (Child Law) as a Year 3 core course.


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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 1

SWRK1001 and SWRK1002 must be taken in one calendar year.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SWRK1002Introduction to Social Work 2

SWRK1001 and SWRK1002 must be taken in one calendar year.

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

Students must choose either SOCA1020 or FMCS1100 (FMCS1100 not to count with CULT1100)

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCA1020Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Students must choose either SOCA1020 or FMCS1100 (FMCS1100 not to count with CULT1100)

Semester 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.
SWRK2001Social Work Theory and Practice A

All 2000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

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

All 2000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

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

All 2000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
PHIL3580Ethical IssuesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPSW3070Regional Social Policy and PlanningSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SWRK3005Social Work ResearchNot currently offered10 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
LEGL2008Child LawNot currently offered10 units
SWRK3002Social Work Theory & Practice C

All 3000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
SWRK3300Field Practicum 1

All 3000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)30 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
SWRK4001Social Work Theory & Practice D

All 4000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

Not currently offered20 units
SWRK4002Social Work Theory & Practice E

All 4000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

Not currently offered10 units
SWRK4005Social Policy Practice in Social Work

All 4000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

Not currently offered10 units
SWRK4400Field Practicum 2

All 4000 level SWRK courses must be completed in one calendar year, and SWRK courses in Semester 1 must be successfully completed to progress to Semester 2 courses.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)30 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from Honours Courses for Eligible Honours Degree Students.
SWRK4006Social Work Thesis part I

SWRK4006 and SWRK4007 to be taken in lieu of the 20 units of electives, eligible students only.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
SWRK4007Social Work Thesis part II

SWRK4006 and SWRK4007 to be taken in lieu of the 20 units of electives, eligible students only.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 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)