Bachelor of Social Work Honours

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  • Objectives
    An Honours degree is a fourth year of study at undergraduate level for students who have show a strong academic ability in their bachelor degree, an aptitude for and ability to undertake research. Students will undertake a research thesis in an area of interest related to rural, regional and remote social work practice. The thesis will display a capacity to develop a conceptual framework of understanding in relation to the topic area, research and review the academic and research literature in relation to the topic area, design an appropriate research methodology to collect relevant data in relation to the topic, analysis the data in relation to its relevance to future social work understandings and practice.
  • Entry requirements
    Course average of 70% or better in first five semesters of the Bachelor of Social Work. Special admission requirements Admission to this course is by invitation only
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Social Work Honours
  • Course description
    This course is available for on-campus study by students with an International student visa.
    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is undertaken in the final 18 months of a four-year undergraduate qualifying social work degree. Students initially enrol in the Bachelor of Social Work. Students in the BSocWk with a WAM of 70+ and a demonstrated ability to work independently will have been invited to enter the honours program at the end of Semester 5, provided the program has been able to offer a suitable topic supervisor. Students enrolled in the BSocWk (Hons) enter with Advanced Standing from the BSocWk. Students undertake a research preparation unit in Semester 6 and thesis units in Semesters 7 and 8, during which time they are supported to finalise their thesis for submission. The thesis is marked by two independent examiners.

    Year One - Semester 1
    Unit             Description                                             Points

    RPS1100     Communication for the Professions            15
    SWK1103    Culture and Daily Life                                 15
    SWK1110    Introduction to Professional Practice          15
    SWK1106    Psychology for Social Work                         15

    Year One - Semester 2
    Unit            Description                                                                                         Points

    RPS1120     Information and Communications Technology for the Professions         15
    SWK1102    Philosophy, Knowledge and Ethics                                                         15
    SWK1107    Introduction to Australian Society                                                          15
    RPS1130     Rural, Regional and Remote Community Development                           15

    Year Two - Semester 1
    Unit            Description                                                             Points

    SWK2104    Human Behaviour in the Social Environment             15
    SWK2110    Ideological Frameworks for Practice                          15
    SWK2111    Aboriginal Histories of the Present                             15
    SWK2116    Gender, Families and Professional Practice                15

    Year Two - Semester 2
    Unit             Description                                         Points

    SWK2112    Australian Politics and Policy                  15
    SWK2113    Power and Privilege                               15
    SWK2114    Community Health and Well-being         15
    SWK2115    Human Rights and Social Justice            15

    Year Three - Semester 1                                                                         Points
    RPS3110     Applied Research Methods                                                       15
    SWK3110    Organisational Contexts                                                          15
    SWK3111    Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Professional Helping         15
    SWK3120    Mental Health: An Addictions Focus                                          15

    Year Three - Semester 2        
    Unit            Description                                                                             Points

    SWK3115    Field Placement 1                                                                      45
    RES5101     Research Preparation: Methods of Research                             20
    SWK3121    Social Work Theory and Practice 2: A Focus on Theories           15

    Year Four - Semester 1
    Unit            Description                                                                                 Points

    SWK4110    Legal and Ethical Practice                                                              15
    SWK4111    Social Work Theory and Practice 3: Collective Interventions         15
    SWK4207    Honours Thesis 1                                                                           15

    Year Four - Semester 2
    Unit            Description                                                                             Points

    SWK4115    Field Placement 2                                                                       45
    SWK4208    Thesis Unit 2                                                                               15

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