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Course Duration: Minimum
2 yrs, Maximum
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(03) 6324 3528
The Bachelor of Social Work is a 2 year end-on degree program that follows 2 years of successful study in a relevant degree from a recognised tertiary institution.
For Tasmanian based students, their first two years of study in a relevant degree program can be fully undertaken within their regions. Distance education is also a possibility for some units. In year three and four of the BSW students complete ten academic units which include two fieldwork placements (Practicum 1 & 2). Students are able to undertake the majority of these units, including the fieldwork units, within their regions. However, students living outside of Launceston are required to attend classes for units that are delivered from the Launceston campus one day per week during semester 1.
Placements are offered in a range of social work agencies throughout Tasmania and applicants should be aware that they may be required to travel for at least one practicum. All travel and accommodation costs incurred during placement are to be met by students.
Academic units may be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. The Practicum units are normally full time although applications for part time practicum will be considered by the Head of Discipline on a case-by-case basis. The maximum period of time allowed to complete the BSW degree is 5 years.
These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2010. For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.
Admission & Prerequisites
In order to be eligible for entry to the course applicants must either:
have completed the equivalent of at least two years full-time study in a degree program, in which they have studied a minimum 25% of psychology. A minimum of 25% of Sociology units or their equivalent is also required. It is preferred that students undertake at least two units in Sociology, however subjects deemed their equivalent for example politics, government, anthropology or history of indigenous Australians will be considered. Students are invited to check with the admissions coordinator whether they have sufficient and appropriate prerequisite units.
have successfully completed the Diploma of Social Science (Community Welfare), or its equivalent, in the TAFE sector; and, have completed 75% of a full year of the BA or BSocSc with level 100 units in which they have studied a minimum 25% of Psychology. A minimum of 25% of Sociology units or their equivalent is also required. It is preferred that students undertake at least two units in sociology, however subjects deemed their equivalent for example politics, government, anthropology or history of indigenous Australians will be considered. Students are invited to check with the admissions coordinator whether they have sufficient and appropriate prerequisite subjects.
Have completed a relevant degree in a related field such as nursing, education, political science or social science. Although it is not a prerequisite, it is also recommended that students study Aboriginal Studies at level 100. If applicants believe they meet either of these requirements they may apply for admission to the course. Further discussion with the social work admissions coordinator can be useful to clarify if in doubt. They will be assessed against the following criteria.
relevance of previous study to social work
demonstrated interest in the course and the career
relevance of previous work experience to the course and career
equity and special considerations.
The course is designed to meet the educational requirements of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). It provides the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and understanding of social functioning, social problems and social services. It emphasises the application of professional social work methods in the workplace and aims to produce graduates who have achieved the level of competency expected of those who are beginning a career in social work.
As a student you will be expected to develop:
the ability to reflect critically on all aspects of practice;
the necessary analytical and interactional skills for a wide range of situations involving individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities;
personal insight and awareness in order to develop the potential for continued professional growth;
the ability to contribute to the improvement and development of social welfare policy and services; and
the ability to conduct research for the development of social work knowledge.
Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of positions and may find employment as social workers, community workers, crisis intervention workers, counsellors, managers of human services and outreach workers.
Articulation to/from Course
This course articulates with other degrees and units from recognised tertiary institutions as well as with the Diploma in Social Sciences (Community Welfare) (or equivalent) from TAFE institutions in Australia. Specific details are given under the heading 'Admission and prerequisites'.
Students with prior learning, qualifications and experience may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for BSW subjects, including their first Fieldwork practicum.
The degree course is the only course in Tasmania which leads to accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers.
It is expected that all students enrolled in the social work program will access a computer and internet connection in order to successfully undertake and complete the program. Computer labs are available on each regional campus. Please see the UTAS website for their location.