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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

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 titleBA/BSW
CRICOS code042832A
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)
Multi-modal (Caulfield)
Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9903 4321, email:

Course coordinator

Dr Philip Mendes


  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus fieldwork placements.


The degree not only provides a sound foundation for social work practice but also develops knowledge and skills in critical analysis in various arts disciplines.


Course objectives for the Bachelor of Arts are available at Course objectives for the Bachelor of Social Work are available at

Special requirements

Police and Working with Children Checks

Organisations that host clinical and community placements require students to have current Police and Working with Children checks regarding their suitability to undertake such placements. All enrolled and prospective students are advised that they will be required to obtain Police and Working with Children checks prior to undertaking their placement. Working with Children checks are valid for five years and are available free. Police checks must be applied and paid for annually. However, in some community partnered programs there may be a requirement to have a police check renewed every six months.


Fieldwork practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus fieldwork placements. In the fieldwork setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. Attendance is mandatory for the fieldwork component of each unit.

Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the fieldwork component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a fieldwork practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Fieldwork expenses

Students are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses during fieldwork placements.


Students complete two semesters of study of 'the individual' (eg psychology, behavioural studies) and two semesters of 'society' (eg sociology, anthropology, gender studies, philosophy, politics, Australian studies and at least one unit in Australian Indigenous studies).

The course is undertaken in the following sequence:

(a.) the first year is comprised of seven arts and one social work unit

(b.) the second year is comprised of five arts units and three social work units

(c.) the third year includes three arts units (which complete the major sequence); the rest are social work units (including the first field placement)

(d.) the final year is comprised of social work units only, including the second field placement.

Arts component

The arts component must include a major and minor study as follows:

  • arts discipline major (48 points)
  • arts discipline minor (24 points)
  • an additional arts discipline first-year sequence (12 points)
  • a further 6 points in arts units

Social work component

All social work units are compulsory core units.


The normal pattern of study is for student to study four units per semester; in semesters where the field placement is undertaken, this is reduced to two units plus the placement. All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First year

First semester

  • SWK1011 Introduction to Social Work
  • three first-year arts units

Second semester

  • four first-year arts units

Second year

First semester

  • SWK3220 Social work in society
  • SWK3250 Social work perspectives on human development
  • two second-year arts units

Second semester

  • SWK3260 Social policy and social justice 1
  • two second-year arts units
  • one second or third-year arts unit*

Third year

First semester

  • SWK3230 Social work research
  • SWK3240 Working with individuals: Theory and practice
  • two third-year arts units

Second semester

  • SWK3120 Working with families and groups: Theory and practice
  • SWK3180 Fieldwork skills and practicum 1 (12 points)
  • one third-year arts unit

Fourth year

First semester

  • SWK4410 Community work: Theory and practice
  • SWK4420 Community health and mental health
  • SWK4430 Cross-cultural social work: Theory and practice
  • SWK4440 Social work management: Theory and practice

Second semester

  • SWK4450 Social policy and social justice II
  • SWK4460 Critical and creative social work theory and practice
  • SWK4560 Fieldwork skills and practicum II (12 points)

* Requirements for majors/minors can vary. Students should refer to the 'Areas of study' section in the Arts section of this Handbook at


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Social Work