Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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
Partner facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA/BSW
CRICOS code075413C
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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Department of Social Work: telephone +61 3 9903 1047; email;

Course coordinator

Dr Uschi Bay (on-campus) Ms Grace Brown (off-campus)


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus fieldwork placements. Mandatory attendance is required by off-campus students for workshops held at the Caulfield campus.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2012. For details of changes, please consult the 2013 Handbook change register2013 Handbook change register (

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

Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation.

Police checks

Students must have a current Police check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Information available at

Working with Children checks

Students must have a current Working with Children check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Information available at


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 has been accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Graduates will qualify for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.


This course includes two units of study of 'the individual' (psychology or behavioural studies), two units of study of 'society' (sociology) and at least one unit in Australian Indigenous studies.

The course is undertaken in the following sequence:

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

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

(c.) 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 composed 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 in a different area of study (24 points)
  • an additional arts discipline first-year sequence in a third area of study (12 points)
  • a further six point arts unit

The APAC accredited psychology major is available for students who wish to complete a further two psychology units on a single unit (full fee) basis. Refer to the Psychology area of study at

Social work component

All social work units are compulsory core units.

Areas of study

Arts majors, minors and sequences

Refer to the arts areas of study at


First year

Semester one

  • ATS1365 Introduction to sociology 1
  • PSY1011 Psychology 1A or ATS1261 Understanding human behaviour
  • SWK1011 Introduction to human services practice
  • one first-year arts unit sequence

Semester two

  • ATS1251 Introduction to Australian Indigenous studies
  • ATS1366 Introduction to sociology 2
  • PSY1022 Psychology 1B or ATS1262 Introduction to social behaviour
  • one first-year arts unit sequence

Second year

Semester one

  • SWK3220 Social work in a globalised world
  • SWK3230 Social work research
  • two second-year arts units

Semester two

  • SWK3440 Leadership in social work and human services
  • two second-year arts units
  • one second or third-year arts unit*

Third year

Semester one

  • SWK3400 Critical social work 1 - individuals and families: Context and practice
  • two third-year arts units

Semester two

  • SWK3410 Critical social work 2 - community work: Context and practice
  • SWK3180 Supervised professional practice 1
  • one third-year arts unit

Fourth year

Semester one

  • SWK4030 Human rights, law and ethics contexts for social work practice
  • SWK4031 Working with complexity
  • SWK4400 Critical Social Work 3 - Group work and community engagement: context and practice
  • SWK4450 Social policy and social justice

Semester two

  • SWK4401 Critical social work 4 - individual, health and society: Context and practice
  • SWK4560 Supervised professional practice 2

* Requirements for majors/minors can vary. Students should refer to the 'Areas of study'.


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Social Work