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

Learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes Statement

The Social Work component of this double degree is designed to provide you with professional education for social work practice in the contemporary Australian welfare and human service system. Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • participate robustly in contemporary and changing ideological and political debates impacting on society, in an informed, flexible and grounded manner to evaluate policy and/or engage in policy debates
  • apply a body of interdisciplinary knowledge, values and skills in working with and for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities
  • critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on issues of social disadvantage, marginalisation and oppression in both local and international contexts, and proactively work to promote social justice and human rights
  • demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts
  • communicate using diverse formats and strategies to stakeholders within and external to your discipline
  • work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice
  • apply initiative and ethical judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your current and continuing professional practice
  • use appropriate research methods to independently design and execute a capstone project

In addition the Psychology component of this double degree is designed to provide you with education in the scientific discipline of psychology and introduce you to its application. Graduates will have sound evidence-based knowledge as a foundation for entering either employment, where the knowledge and approaches of psychology can be used, or advanced level psychology programs (e.g. Honours or Graduate Diploma in Psychology). Students will develop:

1.1 The understanding of appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence-based knowledge.
1.2 Ability to recognize limitations in knowledge and to use ongoing learning and self-development to improve personal and professional practice.
2.1 Ability to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to inquiry and research that permit judgements and decisions to be clearly substantiated
2.2 Ability to ask the "right" questions and identify the information required that ensures practices are supported by appropriate evidence
2.3 Ability to gather, synthesise and evaluate information that places practice within a global and local context.
3.1 Ability to apply knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in situations that range from simple and discrete to complex and ill-defined.
3.2 Ability to work independently and with others to identify and resolve problems of mutual concern in constructive and creative ways
3.3 Ability to critically analyse and interpret the scientific literature for the purpose of problem solving solutions to psychological problems
4.1 Ability to engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people such as professionals and community stakeholders.
4.2 Ability to communicate in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) and to tailer the style and means of communication to the circumstances of the situation and capabilities of the audience
5.1 Ability to appreciate environmental, social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions
5.2 Ability to understand and adhere to professional expectations and ethical requirements
5.3 Ability to maintain tolerance and respect for individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and holding diverse values
5.4 Ability to clearly articulate and apply an ethical position that guides personal behaviour in all aspects of professional practice.
6.1 Ability to build networks of collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community.
6.2 Ability to build capacity of others
6.3 Ability to develop open and flexible relationships that promote the capacity to adapt to evolving needs and aspirations.

The program learning outcomes are derived from guidelines set by APAC (the accreditation body for psychology) and AASW (the accrediting body for AASW) and consultation with key stakeholders.

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