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  • Objectives
    The course is designed to provide a higher degree coursework masters award following a bachelors degree in social work or a bachelors degree with some social science component. The course aims to provide students with advanced skills in policy, research and practice.Learning outcomesStudents successfully completing this course are expected to be able to: * conceptualise and analyse social problems from the perspectives of social systems and structures, social policies, human development and behaviour, and social welfare service delivery; * provide professional social work practice with individuals, groups, families, communities and organisations; * advocate for disadvantaged members of society and work towards the elimination of social inequalities; * inquire into, and evaluate the nature of society and social problems, client populations, intervention methods, and practice outcomes; * reflect on, learn from, and continually develop their practice as life-long learners.
  • Entry requirements
    There are three different points of entry into the Master of Social Work: 1. Applicants who have completed a bachelors degree other than in social work are eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Social Work and if admitted they must complete the full 72 units of the course. 2. Applicants who have completed a recognised Bachelor of Social Work degree or a qualification deemed equivalent by the Faculty Board are eligible to apply for entry to the course. Such applicants may be granted up to 36 units of credit. 3. Applicants who have completed the first year of the Bachelor of Social Work at Flinders University at a standard approved by the Board or hold other qualifications deemed equivalent by the Board are eligible to apply for entry to the course. Such applicants may be granted up to 18 units of credit. After the first year of the Master of Social Work course such students will be eligible to be awarded the Bachelor of Social Work degree, but must surrender it on completion of the masters program.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Social Work
  • Course description
    The Master of Social Work is a 72-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences on a fee-paying basis. This course can be studied externally.

    Graduates of the Master of Social Work are eligible to join the Australian Association of Social Workers.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Social Work, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below, unless granted credit for previous study.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    Should a compulsory topic be unavailable owing to exceptional circumstances, an alternative will be approved.

    There are three different programs of study depending on the point of entry, as outlined above.

    1    Students undertaking the full 72 units of the course must complete the following topics:

    Year 1

    SOAD9038
        

    Theory and Practice of Community Organisations
        

    6

    SOAD9052
        

    Social Work with Diverse Populations M
        

    6

    SOAD9053
        

    Social Work Through the Lifecourse
        

    6

    SOAD9054
        

    Social Policy M
        

    6

    SOAD9055
        

    Interpersonal Practice M
        

    6

    SOAD9056
        

    Field Education 1M (Part 1 and Part 2)
        

    6

    Year 2

    SOAD9032
        

    Bereavement and Loss M
        

    6

    SOAD9041
        

    Integrated Methods in Social Work M
        

    6

    SOAD9042
        

    Social Work Research in Practice Settings
        

    6

    SOAD9043
        

    Integrity in Social Work Practice M
        

    6

    SOAD9044
        

    Field Education 2M
        

    6

    SOAD9058
        

    Social Work in Selected Settings M
        

    6

    2     Students who are granted 36 units of credit must complete (a), (b), (c) and (d).

    (a)

    SOAD9042
        

    Social Work Research in Practice Settings
        

    6

    (b)
        

    one of the following topics:

    SOAD9032
        

    Bereavement and Loss M
        

    6

    SOAD9038
        

    Theory and Practice of Community Organisation
        

    6

    SOAD9041
        

    Integrated Methods in Social Work M
        

    6

    (c)
        

    one of the following topics:

    SOAD9033
        

    Theories of Social Work Intervention
        

    6

    SOAD9043
        

    Integrity in Social Work Practice M
        

    6

    SOAD9054
        

    Social Policy M
        

    6

    (d)
    18 units of approved electives chosen from the following topics, excluding any topic completed under sections (a), (b), (c) above:

    POAD8102
        

    Management in Non-Government Organisations*
        

    6

    POAD9113
        

    Managing Human Resources in the Public Sector*
        

    6

    POAD9114
        

    Critical Systems Thinking and Practice*
        

    6

    SOAD9018
        

    Supervised Individual Course of Study
        

    6

    SOAD9019
        

    Practicum M
        

    6

    SOAD9032
        

    Bereavement and Loss M
        

    6

    SOAD9033
        

    Theories of Social Work Intervention
        

    6

    SOAD9038
        

    Theory and Practice of Community Organisation
        

    6

    SOAD9041
        

    Integrated Methods in Social Work M
        

    6

    SOAD9043
        

    Integrity in Social Work Practice M
        

    6

    SOAD9044
        

    Field Education 2M
        

    6

    SOAD9045
        

    Social Work with Addictions
        

    6

    SOAD9048
        

    Interventions in Selected Settings M
        

    6

    SOAD9049
        

    Social Work in Child Welfare
        

    6

    SOAD9052
        

    Social Work with Diverse Populations M
        

    6

    SOAD9053
        

    Social Work Through the Lifecourse
        

    6

    SOAD9054
        

    Social Policy M
        

    6

    SOAD9058
        

    Social Work in Selected Settings M
        

    6

    Or any other masters level topic approved by the Director of Higher Degrees

    * With approval of the topic coordinator and Director of Higher Degrees, School of Social Work.

    3     Students who enter the Master of Social Work after completing the First Year of the Bachelor of Social Work of Flinders University must complete the following topics:

    SOAD9032
        

    Bereavement and Loss M
        

    6

    SOAD9041
        

    Integrated Methods in Social Work M
        

    6

    SOAD9042
        

    Social Work Research in Practice Settings
        

    6

    SOAD9043
        

    Integrity in Social Work Practice M
        

    6

    SOAD9044
        

    Field Education 2M
        

    6

    SOAD9058
        

    Social Work in Selected Settings M
        

    6

    plus 18 units of approved electives from the following topics:

    POAD8102
        

    Management in Non-Government Organisations*
        

    6

    POAD9113
        

    Managing Human Resources in the Public Sector*
        

    6

    POAD9114
        

    Critical Systems Thinking and Practice*
        

    6

    SOAD9018
        

    Supervised Individual Course of Study A
        

    6

    SOAD9019
        

    Practicum M
        

    6

    SOAD9045
        

    Social Work with Addictions
        

    6

    SOAD9048
        

    Interventions in Selected Settings M
        

    6

    SOAD9049
        

    Social Work in Child Welfare
        

    6

    SOAD9051
        

    Social Planning and Community Work M
        

    6

    Or any other masters level topic approved by the Director of Higher Degrees

    * With approval of the topic coordinator and Director of Higher Degrees, School of Social Work.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * no topic may be attempted more than twice;
        * the program must be completed within ten consecutive semesters.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 12 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

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