Bachelor of Social Work Year Four Course Outlines

SOWK7331: Applied Social Work Policy

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK7332, SOWK7333, SOWK7334
Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 50
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 100
Aim: Increasingly, competent social workers are required to participate in administrative and people management processes, especially in the community and non-government sector of social service provision. This applied social policy course engages students with some of the tools of strategic management and development that support and guide their leadership within a social service organisation.


SOWK7332: Research and Reflective Practice

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK7331, SOWK7333, SOWK7334
Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 75
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 75
Aim: The purpose of this course is for students to generate a research question that is relevant to social work practice and develop an appropriate plan to respond to their research question.


SOWK7333: Research Praxis

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK7331, SOWK7332l, SOWK7334
Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aim: This course extends students’ ability to use research in practice. It draws on the student’s critical knowledge of theory and reflection on action practices from the classroom and field placement to deepen their awareness of their personal praxis – theory informed actions. Critical and creative thinking skills enable the student to practice the ‘science and art’ of social work using their understanding and knowledge of the social work context, theories and practices to generate and
compare alternatives, develop solutions and appraise their actions and judgements.


SOWK7341: Field Placement Skills 2

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: Nil
Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses, Year 4 Semester 1 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aim: The purpose of this course is to provide students with structured opportunities to hear from and discuss with social service agencies the operational realities of social work environments and service delivery. These opportunities are significant entry points for students to integrate and extend the theoretical, organisational policy, research, and practice knowledge they have accumulated over the course of this programme.


SOWK 7342: Field Placement 2

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: Nil
Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses, Year 4 Semester 1 courses, SOWK7342
Credit Value: 45
Level: 7
Fieldwork Hours: 450 (60 days)
Aim: This course provides students with a second supervised fieldwork practice experience and aims to further develop their social work skills, encourage greater confidence in the use of social work models of practice, and appropriate communication styles to achieve the level of the beginner social worker with the guidance of a qualified supervisor.

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