Social Work Course Structure

The Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) at the University of Sydney prepares graduates for professional practise as social workers. The BSW is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the qualification is widely accepted overseas. The BSW has a '2x2’ course structure, that is, two years' study in Arts plus two years' of professional studies in social work and social policy.

The links below provide unit-of-study information arranged by year, including links to printable unit of study outlines. Students who have questions about their own degree programs should, in the first instance, direct these to the administrator by email or telephone, or in person at the faculty's Student Administration Office, Level 3 of the Education Building.

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4


Do not use the information in this page for advice about re-enrolling for 2014. Information about unit-of-study selection for 2014 re-enrolment is available separately, under the Re-enrolment tab in the "Current students" section.



Year 1

In the first year of study, apart from compulsory studies in sociology, students can choose from an extensive range of units such as government, languages, philosophy, psychology and anthropology.

Semester One Cpts

Introduction to Sociology 1 (SCLG1001)

6

3 x junior units of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Table A or Table B

18

Semester Two

 

Introduction to Sociology 2 (SCLG1002)

6

3 x junior units of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Table A or Table B

18



Year 2

As with Year 1, in this year, students are able to pursue studies in areas of particular interest to them but must also complete compulsory units. These are in sociology, psychology and indigenous studies.

Semester One Cpts

Australian Social Policy (SCPL2601)

6

Indigenous Australia: An Introduction (KOCR2600)

6

Psychology for Social Work 201 (SCWK2004)

or

1 x intermediate unit of psychology from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Table B

6

Senior unit of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Table A or Table B

6

Semester Two

 

Research Skills for Social Work (SCWK2006)

6

Psychology for Social Work 202 (SCWK2005)

or

1 x intermediate unit of psychology from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Table B

6

2 x senior units of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Table A or Table B

12



Year 3

During Years 3 and 4 students undertake field education in addition to classwork. Classwork includes the study of how the interaction of personal and professional values and ethics relates to social work and social policy. It also provides a framework of knowledge and skills to enable students to analyse and develop theories and research. The starting points for classwork learning are typical issues and debates encountered by professional social workers, either in the contexts of policy and practice, or in their dealings with particular social or cultural groups. These are brought together in Issue Based Learning (IBL) units. The field-education program provides a practice context for this learning.

Semester One Cpts

Issue Based Learning Unit 1 (SCWK3006)

8

Issue Based Learning Unit 2 (SCWK3007)

8

Professional Practice (SCWK3008)

8

Semester Two

 

Both:

or

Field Education 1 (SCWK3005)

 

6
18


24



Year 4

Semester One Cpts

Issue Based Learning Unit 3 (SCWK4003)

9

Field Education 2A (SCWK4005)

15

Semester Two

 

Integrative Studies 402 (SCWK4002)

6

Issue Based Learning Unit 4 (SCWK4004)

9

Both:

or

Field Education 2B (SCWK4006)

 

3
6


9