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Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work prepares students for employment in a complex, diverse and changing environment.

Human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work, according to the International Federation of Social Work definition of the profession. Graduates are expected to be reflective, versatile and skilled in a range of practice areas, and able to translate professional values into action.

Social workers may use many different types of intervention such as community work; individual and family counselling; group work; policy development; advocacy; and research.

They work in varied contexts such as health services, aged care, women’s services, disability services, child and family services, international development, and migration and refugee services.

Degree structure and requirements

Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work requirements are detailed in the course resolutions and the Social Work unit of study table.

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, students must complete 192 credit points in total, comprising:


In third year, Honours students participate in research seminars to provide them with a higher level of research skills and analysis. Students work closely with a faculty member, who acts as their supervisor in fourth year on a research project involving original data and deepening student’s capacity to undertake rigorous, theory-engaged, social justice-linked research. Students produce a research report that demonstrates their capacity to participate in a social research project and reflect critically on it.

Contacts and further information

Bachelor of Social Work Program Director: Professor Amanda Howard

School website: Sydney School of Education and Social Work
See the website for location and counter opening hours for the Office of Professional Engagement and Program Support.