Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

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Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

Awards

The course includes the following awards:

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) MSW(ProfQualif)

Availability

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) (1708PQ)

Online - Wagga Wagga

Availability is subject to change, please verify prior to enrolment.

Normal Course Duration

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

Full-time: 2.0 years (or part-time equivalent)

Course duration is the effective time taken to complete a course when studied full-time (full-time equivalent duration). Students are advised to consult the Enrolment Pattern to determine length of study. Not all courses are offered in full-time mode.

Admission Criteria

CSU Admission Policy

To be admitted to the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) students require:

Successful completion of a recognised three-year degree with at least one year of full-time studies in human services and/or social science (studies of the individual and society) or related content, including 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.

The full year of pre-requisite study and/or specified content must be completed prior to commencing study. Where prerequisite study has not been met, it can be completed:

  1. by single subject studies; and/or    
  2. through the Graduate Certificate in Human Services, for students who are assessed as having already completed six months/four subjects of relevant content; and/or
  3. as part of another qualification at undergraduate or postgraduate level

English Language Proficiency

Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements.

Please note: While CSU standard English Language Proficiency requirements satisfy the entry criteria for this degree, an academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 and with no score below 7 in each of the individual skill areas may be required by the Australian Association of Social Workers  for employment purposes, in accordance with its English Language Policy (https://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/139).

Credit

CSU Credit Policy

No special arrangements apply

Graduation Requirement

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 128 points.

Course Structure

The course consists of 11 core subjects, two compulsory field education subject and a restricted elective.

Core subjects (88 points)

HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
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
HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice
HCS532 Law for the Human Services
SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

Compulsory Fieldwork placement subject (32 points)

HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points)
and
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) *

* With Course Director's approval, HCS506 may be replaced by SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points).

Restricted Electives (8 points)

Students choose one from the following:

ETH401 Ethics 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
GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
HCS510 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
HLT502 Ageing, Policy and Social Construction
HRM502 Human Resource Management
HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
PAD591 Public Sector Management
PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights
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 for Older People
WEL425 Addiction - Clinical Practice in Human Services
WEL426 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches and Disaster Recovery
WEL427 Holistic Eco-Social Practice in Human Services
WEL428 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches to Global Governance and Policy
WEL429 Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Services Workers
WEL430 Critical Analysis of Professional Practice

An elective subject outside of this list may be selected following consultation and approval from the Course Director.


KEY SUBJECTS
Key subjects contain critical information that students must master in order to progress in their course. Passing a key subject is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress in a course. Student must pass key subjects at no more than two attempts. Commencing in 2018, the key subjects for the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) are:

HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice

Enrolment Pattern

Part-time

SESSION 1 commencement

Year 1 - Session 1

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

Year 1 - Session 2

HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

Year 2 - Session 1

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

Year 2 - Session 2

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

Year 3 - Session 1

HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo Level Practice
SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice

Year 3 - Session 2

HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
[ ] Restricted Elective**

Year 4 - Session 1

HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (commence)*
HCS532 Law for the Human Services

Year 4 - Session 2

HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (complete)*
HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity

SESSION 2 commencement

Year 1 - Session 2

HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

Year 2 - Session 1

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

Year 2 - Session 2

HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
SWK423 Ethics and Social Work practice

Year 3 - Session 1

HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points) (commence)*
HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo Level Practice

Year 3 - Session 2

HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (complete)*
[ ] Restricted Elective**

Year 4 - Session 1

HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (commence)*
HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice

Year 4 - Session 2

HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (complete)*
HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity

Year 5 - Session 1

SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
HCS532 Law for the Human Services

Full-time

SESSION 1 commencement

Year 1 - Session 1

HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
HCS518 Fields of Practice 1
HCS532 Law for the Human Services
HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (commence)

Year 1 - Session 2

HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
SWK423 Ethics and Social Work
HCS505 Professional Field Education 1 (complete)

Year 2 - Session 1

HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3- Mezzo Level Practice
HCS519 Fields of Practice 2
SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
HCS506 Professional Field Education 2 (commence)

Year 2 - Session 2

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

SESSION 2 commencement

Year 1 - Session 2

HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods

Year 1 - Session 1

HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points) (commence)*

Year 2 - Session 2

HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
[ ] Restricted Elective**
HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (complete)*

Year 3 - Session 1

HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo Level Practice
HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (commence)*

Year 3 - Session 2

HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity
HCS532 Law for the Human Services
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (complete)*

* Fieldwork subject.
** If Restricted Elective subject selected is only available in Session 1, swap enrolment with HCS532 - Session 2.

Students who have previously completed a subject or subjects deemed equivalent to HCS532 and/or HCS406 can substitute a Restricted Elective subject in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Workplace Learning

Please note that the following subjects may contain a Workplace Learning component. Further details for Workplace Learning requirements are located via the subject page

HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2A

Residential School

Please note that the following subjects may contain a Residential School component. Further details of Residential School requirements are located via the subject page

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

Enrolled students can find further information about CSU Residential Schools via at About Residential School

Professional Accreditation

This course is approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will be eligible for full membership with the 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 the AASW to obtain employment as a social worker in Australia for those coming from overseas and is recommended for international students undertaking accredited degrees.

The course was last accredited in 2015 and is due for re-accreditation in 2020.   
 

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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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