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Do you want to work with people? Are you passionate about human rights and social justice?
Social workers promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities. They apply their interdisciplinary knowledge about Australian society, social problems and human needs to foster social change and transform lives.
RMIT University has been teaching social work for over 40 years, and programs continue to reflect contemporary ideas about social work and its place in a changing world.
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) graduates are resilient, outspoken members of society who advocate a fairer world for all. In your Honours year, you will have the opportunity to pursue a topic on interest in more depth through a traditional thesis or capstone project.
You will study courses including social work, social science and research. Field education forms a large component of the social work program. You'll undertake 140 days of work placements within human service and community service organisations.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
This program uses a variety of teaching and learning approaches including:
- interactive coursework
- online components
- case studies
- reflective techniques
- individual and group presentations
- group-based learning
- small-group discussions
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Assessment will include:
- written papers
- class exercises
- oral presentations
- workshop and seminar facilitation
- online activities
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
RMIT works with community service organisations to provide field education opportunities.
Field education forms a large component of the social work program, where you'll learn through a workplacement and work under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.
In the second semester of the third and fourth years you'll undertake two 70-day placements, usually within human service and community service organisations.
Placement in third year focuses on direct practice with individuals, families and small groups. The fourth year placement involves the integration of theory and macro-level practice.
Placements may be arranged locally and interstate. Overseas opportunities may be available for the final placement.
Field placements may be available in organisations such as:
- ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)
- Department of Human Services
- Foundations for Survivors of Torture
- Oxfam Australia
- Brotherhood of St Laurence
- Department of Education
- Salvation Army Crisis Services
RMIT is a world leader in research into social justice policy and supports a number of research projects and networks that maintain wider links with local and global communities.
The Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) undertakes research and promotes public debate on key areas of social change and social policy. The Centre works closely with a range of community organisations, government departments, local governments and the union movement.
RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Graduates are highly employable in human services organisations, community-based agencies, various levels of government and increasingly in corporate and private enterprise.
Some graduates help to develop social policy; some engage in research; some assist communities develop their own services; and some provide services to individuals and families. In a social work career, there are ample opportunities to pursue different specialisations and interests.
With a working knowledge of social science, research and social work, graduates are eligible for a wide range of human services or community jobs in areas such as:
- child protection
- dispute mediation and industrial relations
- health services and hospitals
- human resource management
- policy and advocacy work
- community development projects
- program and organisational development
- immigration advice and referral centres
- federal and state government departments (Centrelink, Department of Human Services)
- youth and family services
Possible job titles:
- social worker
- counsellor advocate
- case manager
- child protection officer
- human resource manager
- social policy officer
- policy adviser
- community worker
- community development manager
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is an Australian Association of Social Workers accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). Graduates are eligible for membership of this professional association.
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