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.

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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

SCWK2007 Life-Course Perspectives on Development
SCWK2008 Social Work and Mental Health

Indigenous Australian Studies Unit

SCWK2009 Indigenous Australians and Social Work

Pathways

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

Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Government and International Relations, and Bachelor of Social Work combined degree

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 SCLG1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Sociology 1
EDGU1001
Junior Unit/Table B
Creativity, Youth Culture and Sports
EDGU1004
Junior Unit/Table B
Young People, Sex and Sexual Health
GOVT1101
Junior Unit/Table A
Australian Politics
24
S2 SCLG1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Sociology 2
INDG1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Indigenous History
HSTY1089
Junior Unit/Table A
Australia: Conflict and Transformation
GOVT1202
Junior Unit/Table A
World Politics
24
2nd Year S1 SCPL2601
Senior Unit/Table A
Australian Social Policy
SCWK2007
Senior Unit/Table B
Life-course Perspectives on Development
SCWK2009
Senior Unit/Table B
Indigenous Australians and Social Work
GOVT2111
Senior Unit/Table A
Human Rights and Australian Politics
24
S2 SCWK2008
Senior Unit/Table B
Social Work and Mental Health
SCLG2602
Senior Unit/Table A
Social Inquiry: Qualitative Methods
GOVT2116
Senior Unit/Table A
Australian Foreign and Defence Policy
GOVT2445
Senior Unit/Table A
American Politics and Foreign Policy
24
3rd Year S1 SCLG2000
Senior Unit/Table A
Global Social Problems
EDGU2000
Senior Unit/Table B
Teaching English Internationally
GOVT2112
Senior Unit/Table A
Australian Foreign and Defence Policy
GOVT3997
Senior Unit/Table A
Parliament and Democracy
24
S2 SCPL2602
Senior Unit/Table A
Principles of Social Policy
EDGU3000
Senior Unit/Table B
Teaching English Internationally 2
SCLG2613
Senior Unit/Table A
Sociology of Childhood and Youth
GOVT3998
Senior Unit/Table A
Aboriginal and TSI Politics and Policy
24
4th Year S1
SCWK3006
Issue-Based Learning Unit 1
SCWK3007
Issue-Based Learning Unit 2
SCWK3008
Professional Practice
24
S2 SCWK3005
Field Education 1
24
5th Year S1 SCWK4003
Issue-Based Learning Unit 3
SCWK4005
Field Education 2A
24
S2
SCWK4004
Issue-Based Learning Unit 4
SCWK4006
Field Education 2B
SCWK4002
Integrative Studies 402
24
            240
             
             
KEY
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