Social workers are passionate about working with individuals, families, and communities to identify strategies that can facilitate progressive change. They understand how social, political, economic, environmental and cultural factors can impact wellbeing. Human rights and social justice are at the heart of social work; advocating to eliminate inequality and discrimination is a key role. Social workers respond to a wide range of social issues including family conflict, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, poverty and financial difficulties, homelessness, mental health issues, substance use, grief and loss, disability and eco-social work.
Why choose this course?
You will develop the knowledge, skills and values to work towards social justice and social change in complex environments. You will graduate job ready, with 1000 hours of professional placement that allows you to explore career paths that include direct support services, advocacy services and policy development. Our students also have the unique opportunity to work alongside health professionals at QUT Health Clinics to deliver important services to the local community who are accessing the low-vision optometry clinic. Placements may also be completed in rural and remote communities, or overseas.
During this course, you will have the flexibility to choose five elective units in key areas of practice. Options include domestic violence, Indigenous health, child protection and family practice, and international social work practice. You may also be able to complete electives in complementary areas such as public health or psychology and counselling.
You will be taught by experienced social workers and human services professionals who have a proud history of providing services to vulnerable communities from a foundation of respect, social justice and human rights. They have distinguished careers in clinical work, political activism and advocacy, education and research.
At the end of the second year of study in this course you will have the option to apply for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours). This allows you to complete an honours research project that extends your knowledge of the professional field, offering a competitive advantage in your career. Entry to the program is competitive, based on grade point average. On entry to the course you will retain all of the credit you have successfully completed in the Bachelor of Social Work and will complete a further two years of full-time study.
This is an internationally recognised qualification and graduates may find employment locally, nationally, or overseas. Social workers may work in hospitals and community health care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health and social services, disability, child protection, youth work, criminal justice, family support and counselling, employment and legal services, and refugee wellbeing.
You can widen your career possibilities even further by pairing this degree with one in psychology.
This is an Australian Association of Social Workers accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.
There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.
Blue card: you will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course.
Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.
If you have already completed a bachelor degree which includes the equivalent of one year (8 units) of full-time studies in social science, the Master of Social Work offers an alternative pathway to becoming a registered social worker.