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Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)

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Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)

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Invigorate your professional practice with CSU's Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice). Building on your previous knowledge and experience as a qualified social worker, this degree provides opportunities to extend your practice through advanced study of specialised fields in social work.

This course lets you choose between research and coursework strands and tailor your studies to an area of expertise or interest. Whether you want to develop your research skills, pursue professional development opportunities or boost your leadership credentials, CSU's course has options to suit you.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) equips you with highly developed knowledge and skills to enrich your professional practice and further your understanding of contemporary challenges and future directions in the social work profession.

    Research or coursework

    Depending on your interests and aspirations, you can undertake your degree by either research or coursework. Research students will develop an understanding of human service research methods, conduct an original research investigation and present their findings in a dissertation. Students choosing coursework will select from a wide range of subjects with relevance to contemporary social work practice.

    Online convenience

    Online study provides real flexibility, giving you the freedom to choose when and where you complete your degree. You will have access to a wide range of online study materials, support and communication tools.

    Outstanding reputation

    CSU is a leading Australian provider of social work education and our academic staff draw on extensive industry experience and the latest research to inform their teaching. You will experience the benefits of group-based learning and forge professional connections that will extend well beyond your studies.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) is a career-enhancing qualification that will further your expertise as a dynamic, reflective practising social worker. Representing ideal preparation for management, policy and practice leadership roles, this degree will give you a competitive edge in your bid for career advancement or promotion.

  • 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 with the Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice), students must satisfactorily complete 64 points. Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

    Students completing the Coursework option must complete 2 core subjects (16 points) and 6 restricted electives (48 points).

    Students completing the Dissertation option must complete 4 core subjects including a dissertation (totalling 40 points) and 3 restricted electives (24 points).

    COURSEWORK STRAND
    Core Subjects (2 subjects)
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory

    PLUS
    Restricted electives totalling 48 points from the list below.

    RESEARCH/DISSERTATION STRAND
    Core subjects
    (4 subjects)
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading Subject
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points)

    PLUS
    Restricted electives totalling 24 points from the list below.

    RESTRICTED ELECTIVES
    ETH401 Ethics and Social Welfare
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    GER402 Ageing bodies, ageing minds
    GER404 Aging & Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HCS510 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in the Human Services (16 points)
    HCS522 Supervision 2
    HCS531 Leading Service Development (16 points)
    HLT502 Ageing, Policy and Social Construction
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Planning and Analysis (16 points)
    SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
    SWK414 International Social Development
    WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    WEL409 Grief and Loss
    WEL418 Case Management
    WEL420 Working in Child Protection
    WEL424 Loss Grief and Palliative Care
    WEL425 Addiction – clinical practice in human services
    WEL426 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches and Disaster Recovery
    WEL427 Holistic Eco-Social Practice in Human Services
    WEL428 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches to Global Governance and Policy
    WEL429 Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Services Workers
    WEL430 Critical Analysis of Professional Practice


    KEY SUBJECTS
    Key subjects contain critical information that students must master in order to progress in their course.  Passing a key subject is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress in a course.  Student must pass key subjects at no more than two attempts.  Key subjects for the Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) are as follows:

    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory

    Enrolment pattern

    Coursework Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1
    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory
    Restricted Elective 1

    Year 1 - Session 2
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods
    Restricted Elective 2

    Year 2 - Session 1
    Restricted Elective 3
    Restricted Elective 4

    Year 2 - Session 2
    Restricted Elective 5
    Restricted Elective 6


    Research/Dissertation Strand

    Year 1 - Session 1
    SWK501 Advanced Social Work Practice Theory
    Restricted Elective 1

    Year 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 (16 points) (commence)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    Restricted Elective 3
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points) (complete)

  • Admission information

    To be admitted to the Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice), students must have completed an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)-accredited qualification, such as a Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).


    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements.

    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!
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  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAMX
    DirectOnlineWagga 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
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  • 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

    We recommend the following Studylink subjects for this course:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS013 -  Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • 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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