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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleBHSc/BSW(Hons)
Total credit points required216
Standard duration of study (years)4.5 years FT, 9 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9903 2610, email: or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Chris Trotter


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Four years full time. To complete the degree requirements within four years it is necessary for students to overload in year four (or part-time equivalent).
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus fieldwork placements.


This course allows students who are enrolled in the four-year Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Social Work (course 3870) to undertake social work honours in the fourth year of the double degree. Entry to honours is by invitation to students who have achieved high grades (distinction level) in third year social work units.


At the conclusion of the honours programs students will:

  • understand the theoretical, methodological and ethical issues that underpin research
  • understand how to undertake a research project and write a research report
  • understand the nature of the research process including the formulation of research questions and the development of an appropriate research methodology
  • be able to articulate a range of quantitative and qualitative research frameworks
  • be able to utilise data analysis methods associated with the various research frameworks
  • be able to develop a relevant ethics application
  • understand the structure needed to write a research report
  • have skills in presenting a research proposal to other students and staff and learning from the feedback received
  • have completed a thesis of approximately 10,000 words
  • be able to undertake further research in other contexts.

Credit for prior studies

Credit will be granted for units successfully completed in the first three years of the Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Social Work.

Entry requirements

Students must have successfully completed the first three years of the Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Social Work with a distinction average in third year units in the Bachelor of Social Work component.

Special requirements

Police Checks and Working with Children Checks

Organisations that host clinical and community placements require students to have current Police 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 these checks prior to undertaking their course. 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

Health requirements

In order to meet health requirements for working in the healthcare facilities and for the protection of other students, and themselves, students may need to comply with certain precautionary procedures. These may consist of confidential tests for immune status (including blood tests and skin tests), receiving vaccines and having x-rays where the evidence indicates that these are appropriate.


The faculty recommends that all students accept responsibility for having up-to-date immunisations before commencing this course. Recommended immunisations include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and hepatitis B.


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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.


This course comprises compulsory social work units in addition to the required number and sequence of health science units. Students undertake the core social work honours units in the final year.


First year

Semester one

  • HSC1061 Introduction to research in health science
  • HSC1101 Biological basis of health and disease 1
  • PSY1011 Psychology 1A
  • SWK1011 Introduction to social work

Semester two

  • HSC1052 Health and social care systems
  • HSC1082 Population health
  • HSC1102 Biological basis of health and disease 2
  • HSC1112 Global health: Opportunities and challenges

Second year

Semester one

Semester two

  • HSC2022 Culture, society and health
  • HSC2051 Health promotion 2
  • HSC2052 Health and social care systems and policy 2
  • HSC2092 Community partnerships and capacity building

Third Year

Semester one

  • HSC2062 Communicating health
  • HSC3011 Contemporary health challenges
  • SWK3240 Working with individuals: Theory and practice
  • SWK3250 Social work perspectives on human development

Semester two

  • SWK3120 Working with families and groups: Theory and practice
  • SWK3180 Fieldwork skills and practicum 1
  • SWK3260 Social policy and social justice 1

Fourth year

Semester one

  • SWK4001 Honours research methods
  • SWK4410 Community work: theory and practice
  • SWK4420 The individual, health and society
  • SWK4430 Cross-cultural social work: Theory and practice
  • SWK4440 Social work management: Theory and practice

Semester two

  • SWK4002 Honours project seminar
  • SWK4003 Honours dissertation
  • SWK4450 Social policy and social justice II
  • SWK4460 Critical and creative social work theory and practice
  • SWK4560 Fieldwork skills and practicum II


Bachelor of Health Science

Bachelor of Social Work (with Honours)