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Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

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CSU's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is a postgraduate social work program studied by distance education that will lead to professional accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) aims to produce graduates who are committed to advancing social justice and human rights. This course has both Commonwealth supported and fee paying places.

    Upon completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

    • critically assess key aspects of Australian society, including its history and its social, political and economic arrangements, as they relate to the profession of social work
    • analyse behaviours of individual groups, communities and organisations
    • demonstrate competence in the theories and practice of social work engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation with individuals, groups, communities and organisations and social policy analysis
    • employ professional methods of intervention and practice skills in a variety of human service and social work settings
    • demonstrate an understanding of the contexts of social work practice at local, national and international levels
    • exercise skills of critical thinking, reflection and judgement
    • recognise, think through and reflect upon ethical issues arising in practice including the AASW Code of Ethics
    • articulate the principles of social justice, human rights and non-oppressive practice that inform professional social work and apply these in practice
    • demonstrate commitment to personal and professional self-development.
    Professional recognition
    AASW

    This course is approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will be eligible for full accreditation with AASW.  Graduates will be eligible for full membership with AASW.  Graduates are also eligible for membership of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

    Please note: an IELTS of 7.0 is required by AASW to obtain employment as a social worker in Australia for those coming from overseas and is recommended for international students undertaking accredited degrees.


  • Workplace learning
    Access to allowances for study

    Students are required to complete 1,000 hours of field education under the supervision of a qualified social worker. Field education is divided into two subjects, with flexible arrangements of placement days in each. Learning objectives are based on the formulation of a detailed learning plan which is individually negotiated by the student, supervisor and CSU staff. There are a minimum of three liaison contacts with CSU staff including one on-site visit from a CSU staff person or their representative.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) students must satisfactorily complete 128 points.

    Core subjects:

    HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1- Foundations of Practice (8 points)
    HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice(8 points)
    HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo Level (8 points)
    HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity  (8 points)
    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points )
    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points)
    HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
    HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2-Mandated Practice
    LAW531 Law for the Human Services
    SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
    SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice
    SWK504 Social Work Research

    Restricted Electives
    ETH401Ethics and Social Welfare
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    GER402 Ageing bodies, ageing minds
    GER404 Aging & Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication
    GER501Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HCS510 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in the Human Services (16)
    HCS531 Leading Service Development (16)
    HLT502 Ageing, Policy and Social Construction
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    PAD591Public Sector Management
    PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights
    SSC503 Rural Populations and Places
    SWK402 Social Planning and Evaluation
    SWK404 Advanced Groupwork
    SWK414 International Social Development
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL409 Grief and Loss
    WEL418 Case Management
    WEL420 Working in Child Protection
    WEL424 Loss Grief and Palliative Care

    A limited number of other elective subjects, drawn from the existing bank of human services post-graduate subjects, are available to students following consultation with the Course Director.

    Field Education:
    There are 1000 hours of field education in this degree. This meets the requirement set by AASW.
    Field education helps students to develop and consolidate practice skills under the supervision of a qualified social worker. It provides opportunities to observe, question and model social work behaviour. Each placement is integrated with subjects covering social work theory and practice.
    HCS505 Social Work  Field Education 1 (16 Points)
    HCS506 Social Work  Field Education 2 (16 Points)

    Residential School
    Please note that the following subjects each have a five-day residential school component held at Wagga Wagga Campus
    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 – Foundations of Practice
    HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 – Micro Practice
    HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 –Mezzo level Practice
    HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4- Macro Practice and Professional Identity


     

    Enrolment pattern

    Part-time/Distance Program

    Year one

    Session 1

    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 – Foundations of Practice
    HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1

    Session 2

    HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 – Micro Practice
    SWK504 Research Methods

    Year two

    Session 3

    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points commenced)
    HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2-Mandated Practice

    Session 4

    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (completed)
    SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice

    Year three

    Session 5

    HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 –Mezzo level Practice
    SPE502 Social Policy

    Session 6

    HCS 406 Human Rights
    Restricted Elective

    Year four

    Session 7

    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points commenced)
    LAW531 Law for the Human Services

    Session 8

    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (completed)
    HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4- Macro Practice and Professional Identity

    * Students who have previously completed a subject or subjects deemed equivalent to LAW531 and/or HCS406 can substitute an Restricted Elective subject in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

    Full-time Distance

    Year one

    Session 1


    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 – Foundations of Practice
    HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points) (commenced)
    HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2-Mandated Practice

    Session 2

    HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 – Micro Practice
    SWK504 Research Methods
    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (completed)
    SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice

    Year two

    Session 3


    HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 –Mezzo level Practice
    SPE502 Social Policy
    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (commenced)
    LAW531 Law for the Human Services

    Session 4

    HCS406 Human Rights
    HCS506 Social Work  Field Education 2 (completed)
    HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4- Macro Practice and Professional Identity
    Restricted Elective

    * Students who have previously completed a subject or subjects deemed equivalent to LAW531 and/or HCS406 can substitute an Restricted Elective subject in consultation with the Course Coordinator

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects have a residential school component:

    HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo level Practice
    HCS508 Social Work theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
    HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4- Macro Practice and Professional Identity

    For more information about residential schools for Social Work students, please see our factsheet.

  • Admission information

    1. Successfully completed a recognised relevant three year degree which includes at least one year of full-time studies in social science (studies of the individual and society) or equivalent,
      INCLUDING
    2. the successful completion of a subject in each of the following areas:
    • Communication for human services/critical thinking; and,
    • Human development or life span psychology; and,
    • Sociology/anthropology/social theory; and,
    • Introduction to social welfare/work/human services.

    Subjects that are not satisfied in these pre-requisites will need to be completed prior to enrolling as either single session subjects or as part of the Graduate Certificate in Human Services.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Access to allowances for study

    Students in the Masters degree may be eligible for student income support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). Eligible students undertaking approved Masters degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests. Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYNNJAMY
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYNNOAPQ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYNNEAMY

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To successfully graduate, must complete 128 points at Pass level or better, including all core subjects.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS013 - Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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