The Master of Social Work aims to educate students for professional social work practice according to the standards set by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The AASW Practice Standards (2003) and Code of Ethics (2002) are a foundation for the courses in the program and define the knowledge and skills which must be learned during the course of study.
To be competent to begin social work practice, it is expected that graduates will be able to:
- understand the essential role of values in the practice of social work, incorporating the values of social justice, respect for human rights, and non-sexist, non-racist and non-discriminatory practice;
- demonstrate the capacity to analyse critically and to use theories, research findings and innovative developments in social work theory and the social and behavioural sciences as these inform and underpin social work practice;
- demonstrate a commitment to the empowerment of the people they work with at a multiplicity of levels;
- reflect upon themselves as individuals within the context of wider social processes;
- demonstrate analytical and interactional skills in professional practice with individuals, families, groups and communities, within organisations and service networks, with regard to social policy and program analysis and development, and to assist in efforts to secure social reform;
- articulate familiarity with the AASW Practice Standards and the AASW Code of Ethics.
The Master of Social Work graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. The course has been approved by AASW at the first stage of provisional accreditation. A full accreditation review will be completed after the first cohort of students have completed the degree.
Applicants must have an overall academic IELTS of 7.0 (with an individual score of 7.0 for all tests) and have completed one of the following:
- A three-year Bachelor degree, including studies in "understanding of society" and "knowledge of the individual"; or
- A three-year Bachelor degree; and additional undergraduate studies in "understanding of society" and "knowledge of the individual".