BH106 - Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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Plan: BH106SOSDD - Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) /Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Campus: City Campus

Overview

Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) /Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Award abbreviation: BSocWk(Hons)/BSocSc(Psych)
Total credit points: 480
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years full-time/10 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 090501
CRICOS code: 079592G

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Purpose of the Program

There is demand in the human services industry for a qualification that combines elements of both social work and psychology. Social workers and psychologists often work side by side in organisations where a ‘balancing act’ of expertise is required from both areas. The program has been designed for you to develop advanced knowledge and skills for social work practice in the contemporary Australian welfare and human services system.

You will critically engage with social issues in Australian society and be conversant with the key concepts underpinning social development, needs and problems, with a focus on individual, family and community well-being. You will engage with the value base of the professions as outlined in the AASW Code of Ethics and by the Psychology Board. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge, values and skills you gain in the classroom in two field education placements. This suite of knowledge and skills will underpin and be informed by your research and critical analysis of approaches and evidence relevant to the practice of social work. In your final year, a capstone experience based on an individually negotiated professional practice research project will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate your overall achievement of the program learning outcomes.

On completion of the program you will be a qualified social work practitioner with professional knowledge of the fields of social science, psychology and social work theory and practice. You will be able to analyse and interpret social problems, assist individuals, groups, communities and others in need, confidently lead others and provide informed insights into directions and trends of the profession. You will have qualifying level professional practice skills and be experienced in critically analysing and researching social problems, and have the ability to apply initiative and judgement to social problems.

In your preparation for professional roles in interpersonal, intra-familial, group, organisational, community and policy contexts, you will also be able to work independently as well as in teams. You will be able to confidently communicate with allied professionals, including health care practitioners, policy makers, staff from government and community welfare agencies.

You will gain skills for research and life-long learning to enable you to confidently contribute to your own professional development and to a profession that is always evolving. You will gain insight into your own creativity, and develop efficient work practices to allow you to continue to grow and develop professionally.

A capstone experience is provided in HWSS2204 Honours Project 1 and HWSS 2205 Honours Project 2 through which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge of social work and psychology, connect theory to practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements for this program.

The Diploma to degree pathway enables RMIT graduates who achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher in a School of Global, Urban and Social Studies vocational education (VE) qualification at the highest level of study, a guaranteed offer and advanced standing into one of the School’s bachelor degrees.

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for credit in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology): 

Learn more about articulation into this program and other Bachelor degrees in the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, via this link.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Public Policy, Master of International Development, Master of Social Science by research, and PhD, subject to each program's entry requirements.  

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page

Prerequisites
Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the  English equivalents web page

Note: Students are required to complete a Working with Children Check and a Police Check before going on placement.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) (http://www.aasw.asn.au/). The program is also accredited by the professional accreditation body for tertiary psychology courses, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). On successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to be accredited as a professional social worker by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Successful completion of an APAC accredited psychology specialisation is a partial requirement for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Industry Links
The program is informed by regular consultations with a Program Advisory Committee whose membership is drawn from the human services industry.

All accredited social work programs require you to undertake 140 days of professional field education (work integrated learning) which are offered in a range of human service agencies. All placements are supervised by a social worker eligible for membership of the AASW.

The program has multiple linkages with the profession, as well as regular collaboration with the AASW on a range of issues of mutual interest.

The program is taught by academics with broad social work experience and engagement with industry, including research partnerships and board memberships. Social work practitioners participate in the program by providing lectures and presentations. Various agencies offer students work placements, a key component of the social work degree.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT
www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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