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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

2020

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (FF)
1CM606
873210
Online (FF)
1CM606
873210
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina Campus
0101380
Course Duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International
Semester 1
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SSCWK1

Award
Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine
Society and Welfare Studies

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills required for employment as an accredited social work practitioner. You will learn to work with individuals, families, groups and communities to create positive change. You will gain specific practical skills for working effectively and safely in situations where resources are limited, including remote and regional locations. You will receive support and access to a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a range of contexts, at the master's degree level. Course themes include multidisciplinary and intercultural practice, social justice, research and advocacy, and working in virtual contexts.

Professional recognition

As a graduate, you will be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Credit transfers & pathways


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

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2019: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments and 2019 HE Units and Fees.
2020: Information about fees and charges for 2020 will be published no later than 1 December 2019.

International tuition fees

Fees for new commencing students in 2020 is $31,000.00. The fees are subject to increase annually.

Fees is reviewed and adjusted annually to take into account the increases in University's course delivery costs.
The University reserves the right to review and adjust the tuition fees

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

  • 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 9.

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 two-year, full-time course comprising 15 core units and an elective. Core units include an introduction to social work contexts, direct practice with individuals and groups, community development, theories of social work practice, ethical issues, social policy and research methods. Students will undertake two practicums involving contact with clients, and in social policy, advocacy and research roles.

The course includes four integrative five-day intensive blocks where you will share your knowledge and experience and develop new practice skills with fellow students.


  • 2020 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2019.
  • 2020 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2019.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(12 units)
160cp
Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

SWK521 Analysing Social Work Foundations
SWK522 Co-creating Social Justice in Practice
SWK523 Social Work Theory for Advanced Professional Practice
SWK524 Communities, Social Change and Development
SWK525 Loss, Grief and Mental Health
SWK526 Leadership in Social Policy
SWK527 Critical Partnerships for Practice: Individuals, Groups and Families
SWK528 Advancing Social Work Research
SWK529 Integrated Methods for Social Work Futures
SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection Practice
SWK530 Field Education A (Masters) (30 credit points)
SWK631 Field Education B (Masters) (30 credit points)
 

  160cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Study plan


  • 2020 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2019.
  • 2020 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2019.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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.

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SWK521 Empowerment in Action: Social
Work Foundations
CO SWK558 Cultural Security in
Child Protection Practice
CO
SWK527 Critical Partnerships for Advanced
Practice
CO SWK530 Field Education A (30 credit points) CO
SWK526 Leadership in Social Policy CO   CO
SWK523 Social Work Theory for Advanced
Professional Practice (SP2)
CO   CO
Year 2
SWK524 Challenging Community: Change
and Development
CO SWK529 Integrated Methods in Social
Work
CO
SWK528 Advancing Social Work Research CO SWK631 Field Education B (30 credit points) CO
SWK525 Loss, Grief and Mental Health CO    
SWK522 Co-Creating Social Justice in
Practice (SP2)
CO    

Students commencing in Semester 2

This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.

 

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

UAC

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