Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Social Work

5 years full-time
6 years full-time with Honours


This professional qualification is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and satisfies all academic requirements for professional recognition as a social worker. The combined degree offers you the opportunity to mix this professional qualification in Social Work with majors offered through the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students can undertake studies in Arts and Social Sciences subjects which may complement the Bachelor of Social Work, such as sociology and social policy, gender studies or philosophy.

If you are interested in a career as a social, youth, health, welfare or community worker, or in the areas of crisis work, residential care, administration, research, policy development or counselling, this degree offers you the skills and knowledge to achieve your goals.

Students undertake integrated studies in social sciences, social policy and social work theory and practice, with a strong emphasis on Australian and comparative social welfare studies. In the last two years of the degree students undertake the professional social work program, which includes fieldwork placements supervised by highly skilled and experienced practitioners in a variety of settings. These placings are an essential part of the learning experience.

View a sample degree pathway or map

Requirements

To qualify for the award of the pass degrees in the combined program, candidates must complete 240 credit points in total, comprising;

  1. a maximum of 48 junior credit points, including 12 junior credit points of Sociology units of study;
  2. a minimum of 66 senior credit points from Table A, including a major;
  3. 12 senior credit points of Sociology and Social Policy units of study (as specified below);
  4. 12 intermediate credit points of Psychology for Social Work units of study (as specified below);
  5. 6 senior credit points of Indigenous Australian Studies units of study (as specified below)
  6. 96 credit points of core social work units of study prescribed for the Fourth and Fifth years in the Bachelor of Social Work table of units.

Please note: students commencing in 2014 and beyond must include a minimum of 6 credit points of senior-advanced (3000 level) units of study in their chosen major(s). You must view the unit of study tables in the handbook for the chosen major(s) for further information. Students commencing their degree prior to 2014 you are not necessarily required to complete a senior-advanced unit in the chosen major(s) unless otherwise instructed to do so.

Sociology and Social Policy Units of Study

 Junior Units  Senior Units
SCLG1001 Introduction to Sociology 1
SCLG1002 Introduction to Sociology 2
SCPL2601 Australian Social Policy
SCLG2602 Sociological Inquiry: Research Methods

Psychology for Social Work Units

SCWK2004 Psychology for Social Work 201
SCWK2005 Psychology for Social Work 202

Indigenous Australian Studies Unit

KOCR2600 Indigenous Australia: An Introduction

Pathways

There are many ways to structure your degree. Below we’ve given you just one example:

            Credit Points
First Year S1 Arts (Table A) Major
Junior Pre-req Unit
Arts (Table A)
Junior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A or B)
Junior Unit Choice
SCLG1001 Intro. to
Sociology 1
24
S2 Arts (Table A) Major
Junior Pre-req Unit
Arts (Table A)
Junior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A or B)
Junior Unit Choice
SCLG1002 Intro. to
Sociology 2
24
Second Year S1 Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
KOCR2600 Indigenous
Australia: An Intro.
SCWK2004 Psych.
for Social Work 201
SCPL2601 Australian
Social Policy
24
S2 Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
SCWK2005 Psych.
for Social Work 202
SCLG2602 Social Inq.:
Research Methods
24
Third Year S1 Arts (Table A) Major
Senior-advanced Unit
Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A or B)
Senior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A or B)
Senior Unit Choice
24
S2 Arts (Table A) Major
Senior Unit
Arts (Table A)
Senior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A)
Senior Unit Choice
Arts (Table A or B)
Senior Unit Choice
24
          Total= 144
    Full-time Social Work Studies 48
    Full-time Social Work Studies 48
          Total= 240
KEY
   Arts Junior / Senior Unit Choice (Table A or B)
   Arts Major Junior / Senior Unit or Arts Table A Senior Unit
   Arts Compulsory Junior/Senior Unit
   Other Faculty's Compulsory Junior / Intermediate / Senior Unit

Arts and Social Sciences Component Degree Director

Name Email Location

Dr Alastair Blanshard

J605, A14 - Quadrangle