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The Bachelor of Social Work is atwo year end-on degree program that followstwo years of successful study in a relevant degree from a recognised tertiary institution. The course aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skills for professional practice in contemporary social work and human services and with a strong commitment to social justice and human rights.
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 twelve academic units which include two fieldwork placements (Practicum 1 & 2). Students will be able to undertake these units, including the fieldwork units, within their regions.
All UTAS social work students undertaking clinical or field education placements are required to undertake a national police record check. Other checks may be required by organisations such as for offences involving children. Students need to be able to meet the requirements of the UTAS Safety in Practice policy. 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. 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 2011. For students who commenced prior to 2011, 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 (200% of units) in a Bachelor degree or two years full-time study (200% of units) in a degree program, excluding foundation units. They must have studied at least 4 x 12.5% units (or equivalent), which reflect a combination of study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual. It is preferred that students have undertaken some units in Aboriginal studies.
have successfully completed the Diploma of Social Science (Community Services), or its equivalent, in the TAFE (or equivalent) sector; and, have completed 75% of a full year of the BA or BSocSc (or other relevant degree). Of the 75% of a full year degree program, at least 4 x 12.5% units (or equivalent) must reflect a combination of study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual. It is preferred that students undertake some units in Aboriginal studies.
have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a non-related field in which there are at least 4 x 12.5% units (or equivalent), which reflect a combination of study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual.
The English proficiency requirement for entry to the BSW will be an IELTS overall score of 7 with each band no less than 6.5.
Exemptions regarding entry requirements may be made at the discretion of the Head of Social Work.
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 their first Fieldwork practicum and may be able to apply for credit for BSW subjects.
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.