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Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

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Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

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Turn your passion for pursuing social justice and human rights into your future profession. CSU's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) prepares you to make a meaningful contribution to people and communities as a dynamic professional social worker.

Conveniently available for flexible online study, CSU's course provides the opportunity you've been looking for to upgrade your relevant undergraduate qualifications and achieve professional recognition with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

  • Why study this course?

    This degree encompasses areas such as child protection, cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, ethics, human rights, law, mental health, psychology, social policy, sociology and in-depth study of social work methods and theories. You'll learn about people, communities, groups and social structures and how to think, communicate, and respond to need and opportunity.

    Launch a career in an internationally recognised profession

    CSU's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) has full AASW accreditation, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout Australia. Graduates are also eligible for membership of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

    Benefit from our reputation

    CSU is a leading provider of social work education in Australia.

    Gain authentic experience

    You'll develop strong practical skills and hands-on learning through 1000 hours of supported workplace learning, offering unique opportunities to observe, question and model social work behaviour. If you choose, you can broaden your horizons by embarking on a two-week social work tour in a country such as India, South Korea, Samoa or Indonesia.

    Study under leading educators

    Whether you're studying full-time or part-time, you can be assured of quality learning support and personal contact from dedicated staff who have extensive industry experience and are leaders in their profession. CSU's award-winning academics have contributed to the development of social work education in Australia and are continuously engaged in extensive education-based research to inform CSU's field education and international programs.

  • Career opportunities

    Diverse roles

    Work in counselling, case management, social administration and policy formation, social action and program planning, family work and rehabilitation, health, community services and corrections, disability advocacy, legal aid or research.

    Multiple destinations

    While CSU social work graduates can travel the world and work anywhere, they are often found at the heart of communities in rural and regional areas.

    Career enhancement

    If you are already employed in the human services sector, upgrading your qualifications may provide new opportunities or help advance your career.

  • Professional recognition

    This course is approved and accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will be eligible for full accreditation and membership with AASW. Graduates are also eligible for membership of the
    International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
    .

    AASW

    Please note: an IELTS of 7.0 is required by AASW to obtain employment as a social worker in Australia for those coming from overseas and is recommended for international students undertaking accredited degrees.

  • Workplace learning

    You will complete 1000 hours of field education under the supervision of a qualified social worker. Field education is divided into two subjects, with flexible arrangements of placement days in each. Learning objectives are based on the formulation of a detailed learning plan that you negotiate with your supervisor and CSU staff. During field education, you will receive ongoing support and communication from CSU. This includes a minimum of three liaison contacts with CSU staff and one on-site visit from a CSU staff member or their representative.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
    SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2A
    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1
  • 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

    All subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

    To graduate with the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying), students must satisfactorily complete 128 points, made up of 120 points of core subjects plus 1 restricted elective.

    Core subjects (120 points):
    HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
    HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
    HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo Level Practice
    HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity
    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points)
    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) *
    HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
    HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice
    HCS532 Law for the Human Services
    SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
    SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice
    SWK504 Social Work Research

    * With Course Director's approval, HCS506 may be replaced by SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points).

    Fieldwork placements are undertaken within subjects HCS505 and HCS506 (above) – see Workplace Learning Section for full details.

    One Restricted Elective (8 points) - selected from:
    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
    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
    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 for Older People
    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

    A limited number of other electives, drawn from relevant postgraduate subjects, are available to students following consultation with the Course Director.


    KEY SUBJECTS
    Key subjects contain critical information that students must master in order to progress in their course.  Passing a key subjects is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress in a course.  Student must pass key subjects at no more than two attempts.  Commencing in 2018, the key subjects for the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) are:

    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1
    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
    HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
    HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
    HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice

    Enrolment pattern

    PART-TIME -

    Year 1 – Session 1
    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
    HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1

    Year 1 - Session 2
    HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
    SWK504 Research Methods

    Year 2 – Session 1
    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points) (commence)*
    HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice

    Year 2 - Session 2
    HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (complete)*
    SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice

    Year 3 - Session 1
    HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo level Practice
    SPE502 Social Policy

    Year 3 - Session 2
    HCS 406 Human Rights
    [             ] Restricted Elective**

    Year 4 – Session 1
    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (commence)*
    HCS532 Law for the Human Services

    Year 4 - Session 2
    HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (complete)*
    HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity
     

    * Fieldwork subject.

    ** If Restricted Elective subject selected is only available in Session 1, swap enrolment with HCS532 - Year 4 - Session 1.

    Students who have previously completed a subject or subjects deemed equivalent to HCS532 and/or HCS406 can substitute a Restricted Elective subject in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects have a residential school component:

    HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo level Practice
    HCS508 Social Work theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
    HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
    HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4- Macro Practice and Professional Identity

    For more information about residential schools for Social Work students, please see our factsheet.

  • Admission information

    To be admitted to the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) students require:

    Successful completion of a recognised three-year degree with at least one year of full-time studies in human services and/or social science (studies of the individual and society) or related content, including successful completion of a subject in each of the following areas:
    • Communication for human services/critical thinking and;
    • Human development or life span psychology and;
    • Sociology/anthropology/social theory and;
    • Introduction to social welfare/work/human services.

    Pre-requisites that are not met must be completed prior to commencing study. They can be completed by:
    1. single subject studies; or     
    2. as part of the Graduate Certificate in Human Services.

    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

    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.

    Access to allowances for study

    Students in the Masters degree may be eligible for student income support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). Eligible students undertaking approved Masters degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests. Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

    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 typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYNNJAMY
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYNNOAPQ
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYNNEAMY


    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

    To successfully graduate, must complete 128 points at Pass level or better, including all core subjects.

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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 Study Link 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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