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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMSocWk
CRICOS code042517A
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Dr Ralph Hampson


  • This course is normally taken part-time over two years.


The degree provides an opportunity for social workers 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 involved in direct work with clients. The course provides sufficient choice for students to specialise in management and policy development or in direct work with clients. For this reason students are free to choose from a wide range of subjects within the Master of Social Work program.


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
  • 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.


The course consists of four 12-point units.


Chose four of:*

  • SWM5110 Advanced casework practice
  • SWM5120 Criminology and social work
  • 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 Cinical supervision - becoming a professional developer

* Units may be offered in either semester one or semester two. Please check availability prior to enrolment.

** 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.


Master of Social Work