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Bachelor of Social Work

2019

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
104611
Online
104611
Location
Cricos Codes
Casuarina Campus
058608M
Course Duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Part-time
8 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WSCWK1

Award
Bachelor of Social Work
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine
Society and Welfare Studies

As a social work professional, you help people deal with personal and social problems. You assist your clients with practical support, counselling, information and emotional support. Your clients may include families, students, hospital patients or the elderly.

With the Bachelor of Social Work, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, families, groups and communities.

You will develop practical skills to work efficiently and safely with communities in situations with limited resources due to geographic location (remoteness), social circumstances, emergency situations or regional disaster.

Key areas of your coursework include multi-disciplinary practice, cross-cultural practice and working in virtual contexts and with practical skills based on the entry/application requirements of organisations.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in areas such as human services including child protection, income support, community health, community development, counselling, youth work, mental health, hospital social work, school counsellor (NT) and corrections.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work qualify for membership to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Credit transfers & pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education
Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:
(a) Australian Citizenship; or
(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

International full fees

See the Office of International Services for details on International Course Fees: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.
 

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink
unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only
International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia
should apply via SATAC.

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  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The course is a 4 year full-time program comprised of core, common and elective units including introductory units in social work, psychology and sociology, direct practice with individuals and groups, community work and community development, theories of social work practice, legal issues, social policy and remote and regional practice.The core units include practical skill development combined with theoretical knowledge. Students will undertake two practicums undertaking contact with clients and in social policy/research roles.

The BSW is offered both internally and online. As part of the requirements for completion of the degree students are mandated to attend 20 days of face to face classes, as a requirement of the professional accreditation with AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers).

Detailed course requirements and study information will be finalised no later than 1 December 2018.

2019 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2018.

2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cp

Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
 

Core Units
(25 units)
290cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 290 credit points as per the list of units detailed below.

PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
SOC140 Sociological Perspectives
SOC145 Global Sociology
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
SWK102 Communication Skills
SWK103 Social Work Skills A
ATI200 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
SWK201 Human Service Organisations
SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work
SWK203 Social Work Skills B
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities
SWK302 Social Work Theory and Practice
SWK311 Social Policy
SWK312 Social Research Methods
SWK313 Engaging with Individuals and Families in Partnership
SWK314 Ethics Rights and Social Justice
SWK315 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
SWK316 Building Safe Communities (previously SWK401)
SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (previously SWK404)
SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice (previously SWK405)
SWK323 Legal Issues in Social Work (previously SWK403)
SWK330 Field Education A (30 credit points)
SWK402 Integrated Methods in Social Work
SWK430 Field Education B (30 credit points)

 

Specialist Electives
(0 units)
 
0cp Specialist Elective units totalling 0 credit points 

There are no specialist elective units for this course
 

Electives
(1 unit)
10cp Elective units totalling 10 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University

  320cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 320 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 80 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan

Detailed course requirements and study information will be finalised no later than 1 December 2018.

2019 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2018.

2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


All students are required to attend compulsory intensive workshops.

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge and pre-requisites for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level.  200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SWK201.
 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability  CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO SOC145 Global Sociology CO
SOC140 Sociological Perspectives CO SWK102 Communication Skills
CO
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
CO SWK103 Social Work Skills A  (contains 5-day intensive) CO
Year 2
ATI200 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives CO PSY202 Developmental Psychology CO
SWK201 Human Service Organisations
CO SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work CO
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities CO SWK203 Social Work Skills B (contains 5-day intensive) CO
SWK311 Social Policy
CO SWK302 Social Work Theory and Practice (contains 5-day intensive) (only available in Study Period 2 from 2019) CO
Year 3
SWK312 Social Research Methods
CO SWK314 Ethics, Rights and Social Justice
CO
SWK313 Engaging with Individuals and Families in Partnership  CO SWK330 Field Education A (30cp) CO
SWK315 Social Work Practice in Mental Health CO    
SWK323 Legal Issues and Social Work (previously SWK403) CO    
Year 4
SWK402 Integrated Methods in Social Work  (contains 5-day intensive)
CO SWK316 Building Safe Communities (previously SWK401) CO
SWK430 Field Education B (30cp) CO SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (previously SWK404) CO
    SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice (previously SWK405) CO
     Elective 1 E

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load.  Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level.  200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SWK201.

Elective units may be selected from any undergraduate higher education units on offer (in any discipline).
 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU
    SOC145 Global Sociology CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    SWK103 Social Work Skills A (contains 5-day intensive) CO
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU PSY202 Developmental Psychology CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work
CO
SOC140 Sociological Perspectives CO SWK203 Social Work Skills B (contains 5-day intensive) CO
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO SWK302 Social Work Theory and Practice (contains 5-day intensive) (only available in Study Period 2 from 2019) CO
Year 3
ATI200 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives CO SWK314 Ethics, Rights and Social Justice CO
SWK201 Human Service Organisations
CO SWK330 Field Education A (30cp) CO
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities
CO    
SWK311 Social Policy  CO    
Year 4
SWK312 Social Research Methods
CO SWK316 Building Safe Communities (previously SWK401) CO
SWK313 Engaging with Individuals and Families in Partnership CO SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (previously SWK404) CO
SWK315 Mental Health Social Work CO SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice (previously SWK405) CO
SWK323 Legal Issues in Social Work (previously SWK403) CO Elective 1 E
Year 5
SWK402 Integrated Methods in Social Work (contains 5-day intensive) CO    
SWK430 Field Education B (30cp) CO    

SATAC and MyNextCourse applications

Option 1 - Apply via SATAC

You should apply through SATAC if using one of the following:

  • ATAR (or equivalent) School Leaver
  • incomplete higher education studies
  • STAT or work/life experience
  • Certificate IV or above at another institution
  • eligible non-CDU Enabling Program

SATAC

Option 2 - Apply via MyNextCourse

You should apply via MyNextCourse if you have successfully completed, or are about to complete one of the following at CDU:

  • Certificate IV or above
  • Eligible Enabling Program (TEP, PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

MyNextCourse

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