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B-SCWK

Social Work

Bachelor degree pass/honours

Develop skills to help individuals and groups, and promote positive relationships.

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  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Social Work
  • Duration
    4 years full-time
  • Credit
    800
  • CRICOS
    068620K
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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Why study Social Work at Curtin?

Highly ranked course

Curtin received five stars for several undergraduate outcomes including graduate salary, teaching quality, student support and skills development, in the field of social work, in The Good Universities Guide (2022).

Work experience

Includes two supervised fieldwork placements.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Social Work

Outline

Outline

Social workers are committed to equality, human rights and social change. They work with individuals, groups and communities to address barriers that impact people’s quality of life, promote positive relationships, and advocate for human rights and social change at the societal, individual, policy and legislative levels.

This course gives you the skills you need to work in these areas. You will study in-depth human behaviour and complex social processes; and draw on knowledge from a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, politics, philosophy, health and economics, to learn how people engage with one another, their communities and society.

You will develop the skills and values necessary to counsel individuals and groups, and to work competently with children, young people, adults, the elderly and people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Two supervised fieldwork placements (totalling 1,050 hours over four years) allow you to apply your learning in work environments and develop your professional identity.

Career information

Careers

  • Community cultural development officer
  • Community liaison officer
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Social worker
  • Welfare case worker.

Industries

  • Advocacy and legal support
  • Community corrections and juvenile justice
  • Disability and rehabilitation
  • International development and assistance
  • Services for the ageing
  • Services for migrants and refugees
  • Working with Indigenous communities. 

What you'll learn

  • develop, integrate and apply social work values, knowledge, principles of social work; provide assessment and intervention appropriate to practice context
  • to critically and reflectively analyse issues; generate creative and sustainable solutions across a diversity of contexts
  • locate, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of sources, in enacting in social work practice
  • communicate effectively using a variety of media relevant to the audience and in keeping with ethical principles
  • use appropriate technologies to locate and evaluate information, undertake research, and communicate within and beyond the discipline of Social Work
  • sustain intellectual curiosity by using a range of learning strategies, including professional supervision
  • demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationship between local and global issues, considering multiple perspectives; apply national and international professional standards
  • value and respect the knowledge of Indigenous Australians; demonstrate cultural competencies and inclusive practices; demonstrate commitment to social justice including human rights
  • work effectively and creatively within a variety of practice settings; provide accountable and responsive leadership; demonstrate professional behaviour consistent with social work values, principles, ethics and practice standards

Professional recognition

Graduates of this accredited course are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers, the WA Society of Professional Social Workers, and the International Federation of Social Workers, and may work in many countries.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $8,100*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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