Bachelor of Social Work

Approved Abbreviation: BSW

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1666.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 013975D

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2010.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

The UWS Social Work degree is informed by a 'critical perspective' covering the key skill areas of casework, groupwork, community work, research and policy, and draws on knowledge from psychology, sociology and political science. It is a four year fulltime degree on the Bankstown Campus with two field education placements. It meets the specifications for eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The course is taught by a vibrant staff, many of whom are also practitioners, and all of whom are committed to ensuring the best possible social work education for our students.

Study Mode
Four years full-time. Students may take a reduced study load.

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.

This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and graduates are eligible for membership of the AASW.

Inherent requirements

Inherent Requirementsw


Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International Office

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

101553Organisations, Communities and Communication
101551Understanding Society
101594Mental Health in the Community
101596Context of Human Services

Spring session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies
101664Working with Cultural Differences

Year 2

Autumn session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
400505Lifespan Development and the Human Services
400508Working with Individuals and Families
101632Community Work & Development

Spring session

400337Social Research Methods
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
400509Group Work in Social Work
101595Community and Social Action

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research
400521Field Education 1
101597Family Violence: Policy and Practice

Spring session

101554Contemporary Debates in Social Science
400511Social Work and Social Policy
101374Community Management and Organisations
101381Child Abuse as a Social Issue

Year 4

Autumn session

400519Critical Practice in Social Work (Direct)
400520Critical Practice in Social Work (Indirect)
400517Ideologies of Practice in Social Work
400513Social Work and Health

Spring session

400522Field Education 2
400518Contemporary Social Work Practice

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