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Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)

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Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)

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CSU's Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) aims to provide opportunities for advanced study and practice in specialised fields of social work.

  • Why study this course?

    Students of the Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) will acquire highly developed knowledge and skills that are required to enhance quality of their practice.

    The course prepares practitioners for management, policy and practice leadership roles, while developing a better understanding of contemporary issues and challenges, and future directions in social work practice and profession.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    To graduate from the Master of Social Work (Advance Practice), students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

    Students completing the coursework option must complete two core subjects (16 points) and restricted electives (48 points).

    Students completing the dissertation option must complete three core subjects (24 points), the dissertation (16 points) and three restricted electives (24 points).

    The Strands:

    1. The Coursework Strand
    Students must complete:
    Core Subjects
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory
    and
    Restricted electives totalling 48 points

    2. The Research/Dissertation Strand
    Students must complete:
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16)
    and
    Restricted electives totalling 24 points

    Restricted Electives
    EED441 Constructions of Adolescence and their Educational Implications
    ETH401 Ethics and Social Welfare
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
    GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in the Human Services (16)
    HCS531 Leading Service Development (16)
    HLT502 Ageing, Policy and Social Construction
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    LAW401 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis and Planning (16 points)
    SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
    SSC503 Rural Populations and Places
    SWK414 International Social Development
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL418 Case Management
    WEL420 Working in Child Protection
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1
    Session 1

    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory
    Restricted Elective 1

    Session 2
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    Restricted Elective 2

    Year 2
    Session 1

    Restricted Elective 3
    Restricted Elective 4

    Session 2
    Restricted Elective 5
    Restricted Elective 6

    Research/Dissertation Strand

    Year 1
    Session 1

    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory
    Restricted Elective 1

    Session 2
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    Restricted Elective 2

    Year 2
    Session 1

    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (start) (16)

    Session 2
    Restricted Elective 3
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (finish) (16)

  • Admission information

    Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Social Work.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAMX
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOAMX

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    The Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.
     

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS013 - Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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