Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Why study a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at JCU?

JCU offers a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degree that enables you to develop advanced research skills that can be applied in social work practice settings. Your JCU Social Work (Honours) degree will be valued by employers, and so will enable you to expand your career prospects. In addition, your extra studies can be a pathway if you plan to progress to higher degree by research studies such as a Masters or a PhD.

You'll be supported by JCU's dedicated Social Work and Human Services staff who share their broad range of research and practice experience, and support you throughout your studies.

The embedded Honours degree may be available to you if you have been admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work at this university.  See Course Overview (below) for specific entry requirements for this Honours degree.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Limited
Prerequisites
English

Career opportunities

Potential employers in your chosen field will recognise that your Honours degree indicates your high-level abilities in written and oral communication and research, and your in-depth knowledge in your specific area of interest. You will be qualified to apply for roles in federal, state and local government bodies, in non- government organisations and in private practice.

As a qualified Social Worker you will have the skills to work across fields of practice including:

  • Child Protection
  • Addiction
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Justice and corrections
  • Mental health
  • Aged care
  • Disability
  • Family or individual counselling
  • Youth.

Your Honours degree can form the foundation of a career pathway into Social Work academia or research.

Course highlights

JCU’s Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degree offers you opportunities to focus on an area of Social Work that holds special interest to you. It has a distinctive focus on the interests and needs of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and includes exploration of international social work contexts for practice. Areas of specialised focus include:

  • Social welfare with families, youth and children
  • Cross-cultural practice
  • Eco-social work
  • Rural and remote practice
  • Mental health and psychology.

To ensure you're work-ready when you graduate, you'll experience practical placements in professional Social Work environments. Check out this link for more information about placements.

You'll also benefit from hearing expert speakers who share their experiences with you. For example, if your area of interest is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander frameworks, you're sure to enjoy meeting and listening to guest speakers from communities.

Course overview

Your Honours studies will prepare you for work or further studies in your chosen area of Social Work. By the time you graduate, you'll be able to demonstrate the advanced skills and knowledge required to autonomously undertake and write up research, continue your studies, or take your place in the workforce.

Among the core topics you'll study are:

  • Human Rights and Social Issues
  • Self in Professional Helping
  • Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice or
  • Exploring Psychology: From Perception to Reality
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander skills and Frameworks for Practice
  • Professional Values and Ethics
  • Community Work
  • Social Welfare Work with Children and Families
  • Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice.

Are You Eligible?

  • If you have been admitted to this 4-year full time JCU Bachelor of Social Work, you may be invited by the College Dean to undertake this embedded Honours degree, provided you have satisfied the College requirements relating to the selection of subjects and the standard of academic achievement necessary to undertake the honours degree.
  • This JCU Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) end-on degree is open to applications from students who have completed a Bachelor of Social Work at JCU, or at another university, provided the eligibility requirements can be met.
  • Under approved circumstances students may enrol in this Honours degree part-time.
  • The course is delivered in a blend of modes including on-campus, external and limited (online learning supported by on-campus intensives).

For complete eligibility details, visit the Handbook (below)

The good news is - if you receive a Pass at 1 or 2A Class level, you will be eligible to apply to undertake research for a PhD and those with a 2B will be eligible to apply to undertake research for a Masters.

Honours is also be seen as an end in itself, if your plans do not include pursuing postgraduate studies. Proficiency in undertaking research and evaluation is a valued skill in practice, administration and social policy work.

Important! On campus attendance requirement:

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) requires all students to demonstrate that they have attended 20 days on campus face-to-face throughout their entire course.  You need to be aware that meeting the AASW attendance requirements does not mitigate the attendance requirements for specific subjects within this course. You may be required to attend more than 20 days face-to-face on campus throughout your studies.

Professional Recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates are eligible for full membership of AASW. Student preliminary membership is available.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

WS4010:06 Honours Reading and Research Design Part 1 of 2

WS4011:06 Honours Reading and Research Design Part 2 of 2

WS4016:06 Honours Thesis Part 1 of 2

WS4017:06 Honours Thesis Part 2 of 2

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Handbook

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) [Embedded]

Course code

112509

Course type

HON – Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)

Professional accreditation status

The course will be accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates are eligible for full membership of AASW. Student preliminary membership is available.

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

  • English (4,SA)
  • Current enrolment in Level 4 of the James Cook University Bachelor of Social Work pass degree and approval to undertake the Honours stream, and
  • Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5 (i.e. credit average) across four level 2 or level 3 social work subjects of their bachelor degree; and at least a distinction grade in at least two level 2 or level 3 social work subjects.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3aSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Additional selection requirements

Entry to the program is by invitation of the College Dean of Arts Society and Education.

Post admission requirements

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) requires all students to demonstrate that they have attended 20 days on campus face to face through their entire course.  Students need to be aware that meeting the AASW attendance requirements does not mitigate the attendance requirements for specific subjects within this course.  Throughout this course more than 20 days attendance face to face on campus may be required.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (Blue Card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course

For more information, refer to: Queensland Government – Blue Card Services

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)[Embedded], graduates will demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in:

  • The underlying values, ethics, theories, professional practice and workplace contexts in the social work discipline
  • The unique, complex and contemporary relationships between social work and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their diverse histories and cultures
  • The impact of social, political and historical issues on environmental and social sustainability in Australia and internationally, with a focus on the tropics.
  • Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)[Embedded] will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a coherent and advanced body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying values, ethics, theories, professional practice and workplace contexts in the social work discipline
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods in the social work discipline
  • Analyse critically and transform complex social systems, institutions, structures, processes, practices and inequities
  • Consolidate, synthesise, evaluate and transform social policy and evidence to devise practical and knowledge solutions that reduce social barriers, inequalities and injustice
  • Communicate social work research, knowledge processes, practice and ethics clearly and coherently through advanced literacy and, where appropriate, numeracy and/or technological skills to a range of audiences
  • Design, plan and execute a research project with some independence
  • Demonstrate initiative and well-developed judgement and adaptability in engagement, planning, decision-making, problem-solving, and provision and evaluation of specialist advice and functions, to achieve practice, organisational and/or policy outcomes
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional development.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

PL1001:03 The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science

SY1001:03 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology or CY1001:03 Deviance, Crime and Society

WS1005:03 Human Rights and Social Issues

WS1006:03 Self in Professional Helping

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice or PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: from Perception to Reality or PY1105:03 Psychology for Social Welfare Practice (Distance Education)

Level 2

SY2005:03 Qualitative Research

WS2121:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice

WS2510:03 Interpersonal Practice

WS2511:03 Professional Values and Ethics

WS2512:03 Organisational Practice

WS2513:03 Community Work

Level 3

WS3025:03 Group Work

WS3027:03 Social Welfare Work with Children and Families

WS3214:03 Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice

WS3503:09 Field Education 1

WS3515:03 Social Work and Welfare Practice

WS3513:03 Research Proposal Seminar

Level 4

WS4005:03 Social Inquiry Analysis

WS5605:09 Advanced Social Work Practicum

WS4514:03 Theories for Social Work Practice

WS4503:03 Social Work and Mental Health or WS4511:03 Professional Development for Social Work Practice

WS4508:03 Social Work Honours Thesis Part 1 of 2

WS4509:03 Social Work Honours Thesis Part 2 of 2

OPTIONS

PL3002:03 Policy Analysis and Management orIA2016:03 Australian Indigenous Politics

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any IA subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of specified WC, SY or CY subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

List 1

WC2001:03 Australian Women’s Studies

CY2001:03 Perspectives on Criminology

CY2002:03 Youth Deviance

SY2001:03 New Forms of Work, Organisation and Career

SY2010:03 Sociology of Health and Medicine

SY2022:03 Family, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Society

SY2005:03 Qualitative Research

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Internal and Flexible Delivery

Townsville

Internal and Flexible Delivery

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements)

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy

Professional accreditation requirements

Graduates will be eligible for full membership of AASW.  Student preliminary membership is available.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Honours grade

The grade of Honours (I, IIA, IIB, III) will be determined by the relevant College Examiner’s meeting after a student has completed the credit point requirements for their degree, by consideration of both the Grade Point Average earned by the student in the level three/four research components of the program and the Grade Point Average achieved by the student over all four levels of study

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.-

Other restrictions

Diploma:  Maximum 24 credit points (unspecified credit) at various year levels

Advanced Diploma: Maximum 27 credit points.

24 credit points (unspecified credit – at various year levels) PLUS 3 credit points (specified - WS1006:03 Self in Professional Helping)

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK (HONOURS)

Approved abbreviation

BSW(Hons)

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

What is Social Work?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.