Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

Qualification: Master's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
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Awarded by: Charles Sturt University

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About this course

This online Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) course is designed to produce highly skilled graduates who are committed to advancing social justice and upholding human rights.

Offered by Charles Sturt University, and accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), this course is the ideal qualification for professionals looking to make a career segue into social work.

The course comprehensively covers a range of fundamentals and will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work across a range of social work contexts. With a broad array of electives on offer you will also be able to pursue areas of interest or fill gaps in your knowledge.

Electives range from gerontology, mental health and child welfare through to loss and grief, and palliative care. The course includes 1000 hours of mandatory workplace learning, giving you the opportunity to put your theoretical education into practice. 

If you’re passionate about upholding social justice and advocating for vulnerable populations, this course is the perfect one-stop-shop for all your training and qualification needs!

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this course, applicants must have successfully completed a recognised degree or equivalent, and have completed a subject in each of the following areas:

  • Human development or life span psychology
  • Sociology, anthropology or social theory
  • Australian government and politics, welfare politics, social policy, economics, or social history
  • Research or research methods

Subjects that are not satisfied in these prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation as either single-session subjects or as part of the Graduate Certificate in Human Services.

Residential school component

Students should note that the following subjects each include a five-day residential school component. Students will be required to travel to CSU’s Wagga Wagga campus to participate in these subjects:

  • Social work and human rights
  • Social work theory and practice 1 – foundations of practice
  • Social work theory and practice 2 – micro practice
  • Social work theory and practice 3 – mezzo level
  • Social work theory and practice 4 – macro practice and professional identity

Practical work placement

This course also includes 1000 hours of field education, as mandated by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Students will be required to complete their workplace learning hours under the supervision of a qualified social worker.

Areas of study

In this social work course, some of the subjects you will study include:

Core units:

  • Social work and human rights
  • Social work theory and practice 1 – foundations of practice
  • Social work theory and practice 2 – micro practice
  • Social work theory and practice 3 – mezzo level
  • Social work theory and practice 4 – macro practice and professional identity
  • Social work field education 1
  • Social work field education 2
  • Social work fields of practice 1
  • Social work fields of practice 2 – mandated practice
  • Law for the human services
  • Social work and social policy practice
  • Ethics and social work practice
  • Social work research

Restricted elective units:

  • Constructions of adolescence and their educational implications
  • Ethics and social welfare
  • Vulnerability and the ethics of intervention
  • Ageing bodies, ageing minds
  • Ageing and professional practice
  • Issues in dementia care and communication
  • Contemporary issues in gerontology
  • Social work practice in mental health
  • Understanding children from adversity
  • Practice leadership in the human services
  • Leading service development
  • Ageing, policy and social construction
  • Human resource management
  • Legal issues in child and adolescent welfare
  • Management theory and practice
  • Public sector management
  • Law, ethics and human rights
  • Rural populations and places
  • Social planning and evaluation
  • Advanced group work
  • International social development
  • Child and adolescent welfare in Aboriginal communities
  • Grief and loss
  • Case management
  • Working in child protection
  • Loss grief and palliative care

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How will this course advance my career?

This postgraduate degree in social work is the perfectly balanced qualification for individuals looking to gain both the practical experience and theoretical knowledge required to work in the challenging field of social work.

With 1000 hours of workplace learning, and a program of study that has been accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers, you’ll walk away from this course ready to launch your new career as a social worker.

How else will I benefit from this master’s degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) from Charles Sturt University.
  • Studying online/by correspondence means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • CSU ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 87% of all CSU graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree.
  • CSU courses are developed with the utmost flexibility so students can complete their course around other commitments. You can choose to study just one subject per session or, with approval, fast-track the completion of your degree.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
  • Gain full accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

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Financial assistance

You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP program. Find out more about HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP here.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

Students may also be eligible to receive student income support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

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