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Bachelor of Social Work Honours

Course code K42

This course is for students who are enrolled in ECUs Bachelor of Social Work. Applications are by invitation only based on a students academic performance in the first three years of their course.

The Bachelor of Social Work Honours is developed for students wishing to undertake a research thesis in an area of interest related to rural, regional and remote social work practice. The thesis will display a capacity to develop a conceptual framework of understanding in relation to the topic area, research and review the academic and research literature in relation to the topic area, design an appropriate research methodology to collect relevant data in relation to the topic, and analyse the data in relation to its relevance to future social work understandings and practice.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

K42

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,600

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

This course is generally available to students by invitation only.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

K42

CRICOS code

060895C

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

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Course Entry

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

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

This course is generally available to students by invitation only.

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

This Honours program is undertaken in the final 18 months of a four-year undergraduate qualifying Social Work degree, commencing at the end of Year 3 Semester 1.

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
SWK1107Introduction to Australian Society15
SWK1103Culture and Daily Life15
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
SWK4110Legal and Ethical Practice15
SWK4111Social Work Theory and Practice 3: Collective Interventions15
SWK5224Social Work Honours Research Design15
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK5225Social Work Honours Thesis30
Year 4 - Full Year
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK5115Field Placement 2: Honours45

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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 advanced social work knowledge and research skills to a range of theoretical and practical problems relevant to social work practice, policy and research.
  2. Communicate advanced social work knowledge and values in a variety of professional practice, policy and research contexts coherently and with independence.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook with knowledge of and respect for the history and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultural diversity.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional social work practice, policy and research.
  5. Think creatively to identify and anticipate challenges and generate social work responses to develop new understanding through research projects.
  6. Think critically to review, analyse and synthesise social work knowledge and address issues relevant to social work practice, policy and research with intellectual independence.
  7. Use digital technologies and social work databases to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values in social work practice, policy and research.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,600 *

* 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.

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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