The Faculty of Arts (hereinafter called the Faculty) may accept as a candidate for the award of Bachelor of Social Work a person who is qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.
Candidates must either:
have completed the equivalent of at least two years full-time study in a Bachelor of Arts degree program; and demonstrate that they have completed a substantial amount of that study in the behavioural and social sciences, normally understood as two years in Psychology/Behavioural Science and Sociology; or
have successfully completed the Associate Diploma of Social Science (Community Welfare) or its equivalent, in the TAFE sector and complete a minimum of one year's full-time study in the Bachelor of Arts degree, with level 100 units in both Behavioural Science/Psychology and Sociology.
Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two separate years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than four years, from the time of first enrolment. including the year of passing the first unit claimed to count towards the degree. If a candidate has not completed within this time limit the Faculty may either declare the candidate ineligible to proceed with degree studies or permit the candidate to count towards the degree only a proportion of the units passed.
To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall, subject to the provisions below, pass in the units of Parts 1 and 2 chosen as follows:
Part 1: two years of full-time study or its part-time equivalent comprising units in Sociology, Psychology, Social Work and electives.
Part 2: two years of full-time study or its part-time equivalent, comprising compulsory academic and fieldwork units.
The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with the schedule accompanying these specifications.
Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty and as summarised in the accompanying schedule.
A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting, or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester, more than 74%.
Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.
Social Work Practicum 1 and Social Work Practicum 2 constitute a unitary whole. Students who withdraw from or fail either Practicum will not be permitted to enrol in more than one additional placement (for a total of no more than three enrolments) without the permission of the head of School of Sociology and Social Work.
Credit for previous studies
Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree. The Faculty may permit candidates to count towards the degree, units completed at another approved institution, subject to the approval of the dean.
The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.
These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 1994 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled in previous years
The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work shall be BSW.
[a] Note: The Faculty shall ensure that no previously enrolled candidate is materially disadvantaged by any difference between units offered under these specifications and subjects offered under the requirements previously in force.