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About Social Work

Exceptional employment outcomes

Work where it is needed most. Exceptional full–time employment outcomes* empowers JCU graduates to make a real difference in the lives of others.

Intercultural learning

Work in collaboration. JCU students are encouraged to engage with, and learn from, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Become a global citizen

Build effective relationships with diverse cultures. JCU Social Work students have the opportunity to live and work in international communities with field trips to India and Thailand.

Integrated learning

JCU Social Work students experience ground–breaking social work research activities. JCU lecturers continually integrate research and their interactions with communities into the teaching space.

*QILT 2015-2017

Why study Social Work at JCU?
Associate Professor Debra Miles talks about why you should study Social Work at JCU.


The Social Work academic group is committed to education and practice that are informed by critical insights into structural inequalities and which contribute at both individual and collective levels to a socially just and sustainable society.

Our staff and students seek to achieve this through high quality teaching and research, critical scholarship and active community service. In doing so, the group acknowledges the traditional owners of Australia, values diversity and recognises the international context of practice.

According to The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website, which provides comparative information to prospective students from the perspective of recent students and graduates, James Cook University's Social Work graduate full-time employment rates are consistently higher than the national average. JCU's Social Work team is also closely aligned with the Australian Association of Social Workers, which is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia.

Meet our Social Work graduates and students

Alex, Bachelor of Social Work
Social Work student Alex talks about the experience she received while on professional placement.

Verity-Erin Barber, Bachelor of Social Work

Verity-Erin Barber

“Every job I've had in retail and hospitality I've been interacting with people but I wasn't enjoying what I was doing. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives and I thought the Bachelor of Social Work at James Cook University (JCU) would give me the skills, knowledge and tools to be able to do so.”