The Bachelor of Social Welfare provides the theoretical and practical foundation for work in the human services sector.
During their studies, students gain skills in case management, community development, counselling, social research, policy work, advocacy, and grief and loss counselling.
Particular emphasis is placed on social justice and human rights as the basis for social welfare practice.
In addition to core units that cover counselling, welfare law, social research and community development, students choose a major area of study.
The course articulates with a range of VET awards. It can also provide a pathway to the University’s Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying), which is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The Masters degree is for graduates who have undertaken prior study in the social sciences, social welfare, psychology, or related fields. Graduates of this Masters degree will qualify as social workers in Australia and may also be eligible to apply to work as social workers overseas.
Students choose a major from the following options:
Please note that some units in this course are offered exclusively online.
In line with ACWA requirements, students undertake 400 hours of supervised on-the-job training. This is completed in two separate organisations in different fields of practice so that students gain a diversity of experience.
Placements may include working across a variety of client groups, such as older people, or young people and families at the individual, group, organisational or community level of practice. Students may undertake placements in social welfare settings such as child protection, drugs and alcohol, criminal justice, community education, housing, emergency relief, family interventions and domestic violence.
All students must obtain a National Police Check and Working with Children Check and most agencies require students to have a driver’s licence.
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