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Master of Social Work


Course Description

Introduction
This course provides graduates with a professional postgraduate qualification in social work. It is for people who have completed degrees with components of social and behavioural science. The course aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skill for professional practice in contemporary social work and human services and with a strong commitment to social justice and human rights.
Students complete 12 academic units which include two fieldwork placements (Practicum 1 and 2). Students will be able to undertake these units, including the fieldwork units, within their regions. All UTAS social work students undertaking clinical or field education placements are required to undertake a national police record check. Other checks may be required by organisations such as for offences involving children. Students need to be able to meet the requirements of the UTAS Safety in Practice policy. Placements are offered in a range of social work agencies throughout Tasmania and applicants should be aware that they may be required to travel for at least one practicum. All travel and accommodation costs incurred during placement are to be met by students.
Academic units may be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. The Practicum units are normally full-time although applications for part-time practicum will be considered by the Head of Program on a case-by-case basis.

Objectives
This course provides graduates with a professional postgraduate qualification in social work. It is designed specifically for people who have completed degrees with components of social and behavioural science. The course aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skill for professional practice in contemporary social work and human services and with a strong commitment to social justice and human rights.
Upon completion of the course graduates will be able to:
*understand and critically assess key aspects of contemporary cultures and society and their relevance to the social work profession;
*employ relevant theories and skills for in-depth analysis and ethical engagement with individuals, families, groups, policies, organisations and communities across a range of contexts;
*demonstrate commitment to human rights, social justice, non-oppression and sustainable change;
*exercise skills of critical and independent thinking, reflection and judgement;
*demonstrate flexibility and engagement in solving complex problems and applying knowledge and skills to new situations and practice contexts.

Professional Recognition
The professional qualifying Master of Social Work is structured in accordance with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Accreditation and Education Standards 2010. Graduates from the MSW will be eligible for membership of the AASW which is a requirement for the employment of professional social workers in Australia and overseas.

Course Abbreviation
MSW

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/equivalent-undergraduate-entry-requirements-by-country .

English Language Requirements
International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.
For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided.
Alternatively, applicants can provide evidence that English has been the sole medium of instruction and examination in their most recent studies, for a minimum of 2 years, and within the last 24 months. Academic transcripts and a letter from your institution will be required.

International students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/general-admission-requirements .

Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree or equivalent other than in social work from the University of Tasmania or a recognised University, in a related field such as nursing, education, arts (with relevant units), behavioural studies, political science or social science; OR, a bachelor degree in a non-related field within which there are at least 4 x 12.5% units (or equivalent) which reflect a combination of study areas relating to studies of society and studies of the individual. The English proficiency requirement for entry to the professional qualifying MSW will be an IELTS overall score of 7 with each band no less than 6.5.

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