Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the 2012 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 titleBSW(Hons)
CRICOS code076776A
Total credit points required120
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield, Singapore)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1047, email: or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Catherine Flynn


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • To complete the degree requirements within four years it is necessary for students to overload in year two (or part-time equivalent)
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


The Bachelor of Social Work (with Honours) aims to develop skills necessary for research by studying the methodological, theoretical and ethical issues that underpin social work research. Students are provided with the same learning opportunities as the Bachelor of Social Work. However, the honours program also aims to reward academic excellence. Entry to honours is by invitation to students who have achieved grades of at least distinction level in third year social work units. Students in the honours program are expected to develop and complete a research project which will include a critical literature review and ethics approval where indicated and a 10-12,000 word thesis.


On completion of the honours program students are expected to be able to:

  • have an understanding of the theoretical, methodological and ethical issues that underpin research
  • have developed the skills and knowledge students need to develop 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 paradigm
  • be able to articulate a range of quantitative and qualitative research frameworks utilised in social research
  • utilise data analysis methods associated with the various research framework
  • develop a completed relevant ethics application
  • understand the structure needed to write a research report
  • present a research proposal to other students and staff and learn from the feedback received
  • complete a thesis of approximately 10,000 words
  • develop the ability to undertake further research in other contexts.

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 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.


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 placement.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers


Students in this course will complete all the requirements for levels one and two of course 0004 Bachelor of Social Work with an additional 24 credit points for the honours component.


The following units are compulsory and are in addition to the units for the Bachelor of Social Work levels one and two, which are outlined at

Level three

First semester

  • SWK3220 Social work in a globalised world
  • SWK3230 Social work research
  • SWK3400 Critical social work 1: individuals and families (context and practice)

Second semester

  • SWK3180 Supervised professional practice 1
  • SWK4400 Critical social work 3: group work and community engagement (context and practice)
  • SWK3410 Critical social work 2: Community work, context and practice

Level four

First semester

  • SWK4001 Honours research methods
  • SWK4030 Human rights, law and ethics contexts for social work practice
  • SWK4032 Working with complexity: Honours
  • SWK4441 Social work leadership and social policy: Honours
  • SWK4410 Community work

Second semester

  • SWK4002 Honours project seminar
  • SWK4003 Social work honours dissertation
  • SWK4560 Supervised professional practice 2
  • SWK4401 - Critical social work 4: individual, health and society (context and practice)


Bachelor of Social Work (with Honours)