2019 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) 

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) 



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 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent 

Home Faculty:

 Faculty of Social Sciences 

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Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

 Wollongong, Shoalhaven 


The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) provides an alternative final year of study for high achieving students who have demonstrated excellence in the first three years of the Bachelor of Social Work (347). Students who complete the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) will develop research capabilities that prepare them for postgraduate or research degrees in Social Work, or professional roles involving applied research. Accreditation is currently being sought from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Students must have completed the first three years of the Bachelor of Social Work and achieved a distinction average across all SOWK 200 and 300 subjects. Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) will be able to: 

  1. Analyse the practices, responsibilities and commitments of the social work profession and your location within it.
  2. Articulate social work values and ethics and utilise them to make judgments and decisions within the complexity of practice.
  3. Demonstrate the purposeful use of skills and knowledge within a range of social work methods of intervention.
  4. Use theories from social science disciplines to analyse human behaviour, social policy and social issues, in Australia and internationally.
  5. Recognise different value systems and ethical frameworks, including your own, ascertain the moral complexities of your decisions and judgments and acknowledge the consequences of them.
  6. Evaluate existing research to inform practice and undertake and disseminate ethical research informed by practice.
  7. Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills to build respectful relationships in a range of cultural and professional settings.
  8. Evaluate their own professional practice, identify learning needs and strategies for extending their repertoire of knowledge and skills.
  9. Work effectively within and between organizations and social service systems, formulating proposals for change where appropriate.
  10. Work collaboratively and respectively across the boundaries of unavoidable dependencies, cultural differences and inequalities in Australia and internationally.
  11. Demonstrate deliberate and informed participation in the civic life of the community through, for example, service learning, supervised professional practice, co-curricular activities and/or community activism.
  12. Articulate ideas using a wide range of techniques effective with different audiences including experts and non-experts.
  13. Conceptualise, plan and undertake an independent research project and communicate a coherent argument that explains and disseminates research results and conclusions. 

 Course Structure

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) requires the successful completion of 192 credit points of subjects in accordance with the subject progression table below.
The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with University of Wollongong Method 1. For further information refer to General Course Rules.  

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2019/2020
SOWK101 Introduction to Social Work 6 Autumn
Plus one of the following subjects:
GEOG121 Human Geography: Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
POL 150 Government, Power and Political Systems 6 Autumn
HAS 220 Becoming a Social Scientist: Interdisciplinary Competencies 6 Autumn
Or one 6 credit point subject from the General Schedule approved by the Academic Program Director 6 Autumn
Plus one of the following subjects:
AUST101 Australian Studies: Cultures and Identities 6 Autumn
CST 120 Culture and Society 6 Autumn
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
HAS 230 Contemporary Public Health Issues 6 Autumn
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
Or one 6 credit point subject from the General Schedule approved by the Academic Program Director 6 Autumn
Spring Session
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
SOWK140 Working with Service Users and Carers 6 Spring
Plus one of the following subjects:
CST 130 Cultures in Context 6 Not available in 2019
HAS 202 Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
INDS130 Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts 6 Spring
GEOG122 Human Geography: Living in a Material World 6 Spring
HAS 131 Introducing Crime and Justice 6 Spring
Or one 6 credit point subject from the General Schedule approved by the Academic Program Director 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn Session
HAS 200 Social Justice in a World of Inequality 6 Autumn
SOWK237 Social Work and the Law 6 Autumn
SOWK238 Approaches and Skills: Working with Individuals and Families I 6 Autumn
SOWK235 Fields of Practice: Mental Health 6 Autumn
Spring Session
HAS 234 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 6 Spring
SOWK234 Welfare State and Human Services 6 Spring
SOWK236 Approaches and Skills: Group Work 6 Spring
SOWK241 Perspectives on Diversity 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn Session
SOWK305 Social Work Ethics 6 Autumn
SOWK310 Supervised Professional Practice 1 18 First Offered in 2020
Spring Session
SOWK336 Approaches and Skills: Working with Individuals and Families II 6 Spring
SOWK337 Practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 6 Spring
SOWK338 Fields of Practice: Children, Families, and their Well-being 6 Spring
SOWK340 Fields of Practice: Health, Aging and Disability 6 Spring
Year 4
Annual Session
SOWK404 Approaches and Skills: Community Work 6 Annual
SOWK408 Social Work Honours Research 12 Annual
SOWK409 Advanced Practice in Social Work (Honours) 6 Annual
SOWK410 Supervised Professional Practice II 18 Annual
Autumn Session
SOWK442 International Social Work 6 Autumn

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 1000 hours over 104 weeks of compulsory work-based placements. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

Accreditation is currently being sought from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will be required to meet the AASW English language requirements for migration and/or employment purposes.  

Other Information

 Further information email ssc@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 7 October, 2018