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