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About Social Work

Get set for success

By studying a degree with exceptional full-time employment outcomes*, you are preparing yourself to make a real difference in the lives of others and work where it is needed most.

Be ready today, for tomorrow

JCU’s Social Work students develop highly-employable, transferrable skills* that prepare them to enter their future career. Learn how to be an effective social worker through industry placements as well as in the classroom.

Go global

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.

Access to expertise

Learn from and connect with academics who are experts in their field and be supported along the way by passionate and experienced educators who can help you develop sharp and highly-valued skills that will set you up for success.

*ComparED 2018

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.”