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Bachelor of Social Work

Course code K41

Provides a professional education in the field of social work. The course develops a student's professional competencies and enhances their ability to work within a complex, uncertain and contested social work practice environment.

Students undertake studies in social work theory and practice, research, politics, policy, law, and ethics, with particular reference to the relevance of this knowledge to practice in regional, rural and remote settings.

The curriculum is designed to develop social workers who are able to understand and meet the Practice Standards for Social Workers (AASW, 2013).

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

K41

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,700

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K41

CRICOS code

060864K

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $29,850

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at South West

Semester 1: Study part-time at South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at South West

Semester 2: Study part-time at South West

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at South West

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK1115Social Inclusion and People with Intellectual Disabilities15
SWK1106Psychology for Social Work15
SWK1110Introduction to Professional Practice15
SWK1112Introduction to Social Research15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RPS1130Rural, Regional and Remote Community Development15
SWK1102Philosophy, Knowledge and Ethics15
SWK1103Culture and Daily Life15
SWK1107Introduction to Australian Society15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK2104Human Behaviour in the Social Environment15
SWK2108Addictions and Practice15
SWK2111Aboriginal Histories of the Present15
SWK2116Gender, Families and Professional Practice15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK2010Theory and Practice for Child Protection15
SWK2112Australian Politics and Policy15
SWK2114Community Health and Well-being15
SWK2115Human Rights and Social Justice15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RPS3110Applied Research Methods15
SWK3110Organisational Contexts15
SWK3112Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Advanced Interpersonal Skills15
SWK3113Social Work and Mental Health15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK3116Field Placement 145
SWK3121Social Work Theory and Practice 2: A Focus on Theories15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK4106Social Policy15
SWK4110Legal and Ethical Practice15
SWK4111Social Work Theory and Practice 3: Collective Interventions15
SWK4120Social Work Project15
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK4116Field Placement 245
SWK4121Social Work Theory and Practice 4: Activism and Social Change15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline coherent knowledge of the role and value of social work in addressing social inequalities to build sustainable communities through a variety of social work practices which are informed by human rights values and social justice.
  2. Communicate social work knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and social work practice development, including reflective thinking skills and innovative practice through continued professional development.
  4. Demonstrate interpersonal skills, global outlook and cultural awareness when collaborating in professional settings and with culturally diverse groups, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  5. Think creatively to apply social work knowledge effectively in practice with individuals, groups and communities in diverse contexts.
  6. Use critical thinking to explore knowledge of human behaviour and society, as well as social, cultural, political, legal, economic and global contexts of social work practice to generate and evaluate complex ideas.
  7. Use digital technologies and information literacy to evaluate relevant research knowledge which informs decision making in social work practice.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social work professional values and ethics in decision making in a socially sustainable way.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,700 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $29,850 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Community Development Officer, Mental Health Worker, Human Service Manager, Child Protection Officer, Youth Worker, Policy Research Officer, Hospital Social Worker, Community Health Worker, Family Support Worker, Disability Advocate

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