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Monash University

Master of Social Work

Course code: 0019 ~ Course abbreviation: MSocWk ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 2 semesters full-time, 4 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

The course, offered by the Department of Social Work, provides an opportunity for human service and welfare professionals to enhance and develop their professional skills and knowledge and to make links between practice in the field and new academic knowledge and theory. It aims to provide for the needs of managers and policy developers as well as social workers or others involved directly with clients. It also aims to cater for human service professionals who work as middle managers and supervisors.

Course objectives

The objectives of the course are to enable students to: gain knowledge in professional areas that are not covered in the social work undergraduate curriculum; integrate that knowledge with past and present work experience; deepen specialised practice knowledge and skills from a greater focus on selected areas, including the acquisition of new research based clinical and program interventions; and acquire advanced specialised research knowledge and skills that will allow students to develop research based practice at the clinical, program and policy levels for newly emerging problem and service areas.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students will be required to complete four 12-point units. These units may be offered in either semester one or semester two. Please check availability of units prior to enrolment.

Chose four from the following:

  • SWM5110 Advanced casework practice
  • SWM5120 Criminology and social work
  • SWM5130 Social and community service organisations, their behaviour and management
  • SWM5140 Policy, program planning and evaluation I*
  • SWM5150 Policy, program planning and evaluation II*
  • SWM5160 Child abuse, child protection and child in society
  • SWM5170 Special research study
  • SWM5180 Management of human resources in the social services
  • SWM5190 Social work research
  • SWM5200 Health and social work
  • SWM5220 Social work and aged care
  • SWM5230 Social workers, politics and social action
  • SWM5250 Becoming a professional developer

    * SWM5140 and SWM5150 (Policy, program planning and evaluation I and II) are sequential units. Students enrolling in these units usually take both in the same year, however SWM5140 may be undertaken separately.

Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9903 2610; fax: +61 3 9903 1141; email or visit

Course coordinator

Mr Ralph Hampson