CASE Social Work Student Resources

Student Resources

JCU has a wide range of resources available to assist you in the successful completion of your degree. For information that isn't listed here please visit the Student Homepage.

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Enrolment enquiries relating to study plans and courses may be directed to the Enrolment team at enrolments@jcu.edu.au.  The Enrolment team can provide administrative advice on any aspect of your degree, including:

  • Change your degree or specialisation
  • Subject selection and changes
  • Deferment of study
  • Return to study after taking leave
  • Credit for previous study / Cross institutional study
  • Complete or exit your degree

Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work (PQ) students have the opportunity to participate in Field Education during their studies, to integrate theoretical learning with practice experience. Field Education, also called Placement or Practicum, requires students to undertake a total of 1,000 hours in a practice setting over two subjects and year levels. Visit the Field Education for Social Work students page for information on placements, hosts, Blue Card requirements and other resources.

Students are eligible to apply for admission to Honours when they meet the following criteria:

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) [Embedded]: Students must gain the grade of Credit average and a Distinction in two subjects, complete SY2005 and WS3513 and achieve a satisfactory grade in Field Education I.

Bachelor of Social work with Honours (End-on): Students can apply to do Honours after graduating with a Pass degree. They should discuss their application with the HoAG and/or the Honours Coordinator. Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across their bachelor degree, with credits or better in discipline-specific areas is required. Students graduating from a MSW (PQ) are also eligible to apply and will require a credit average.

Application Process: Students are required to complete an application form (PDF, 260 KB). A special Committee of the Social Work and Human Services Academic Group (SWHSAG) will be called to discuss the Honours applications after the Examiners meeting at the end of study period 2. This committee must comprise at least, the Honours Coordinator and the HoAG, or their representatives. It is expected that the Honours Coordinator will present the research proposals to the meeting in a summarised form. Students will be advised in writing of the results of their application soon after the Committee has met.

There are a number of scholarships and prizes available for students considering or current JCU students. College of Arts, Society and Education have over 26 scholarships and more than fifty prizes that students can apply for.

Social Work Academic Group

The Social Work Academic Group, which includes the Women's Studies Research Group, is committed to education and practice which are informed by critical insights into structural inequalities and inequities, and which contribute at both individual and collective levels to a socially just and sustainable society. The group seeks to achieve this through high quality teaching and research, critical scholarship and active community service. In doing so, the we acknowledge the traditional owners of Australia, value diversity and recognise the international context of practice.

Social Work and Human Services staff collaboratively and individually undertake strategic and applied research, consultancies and contracted professional development. They engage in this industry-engaged research and development in partnership with government departments at Commonwealth, state and local levels and with local, regional and national nongovernment organisations.

Past and current research activity of the Department has been grouped into the following areas of interest: Families, Children and Youth; Women and Gender; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; Regional, Rural and Remote Contexts; Community Well-being and Ecological Social Justice; Mental Health and Social Justice; Learning and Teaching; Human Rights.