Flinders University Bachelor of Social Work gets you ready to work in various places, like government, groups that do not make a profit, and private companies.
In this degree, you will learn about social work and many other important topics. You will discover how to communicate and collaborate with people effectively. We will explore Indigenous studies, psychology, sociology, social policy, and healthcare systems. We will also talk about making social work fairer and just, different theories in social work, collaborating with individuals, and helping groups and communities.
You will study how people grow and change throughout their lives and the rules that guide social work. It is a big program that gets you ready for jobs in various places like the government, non-profit groups, and companies.
In this program Social Work Flinders, we will dive into topics like professional judgment and decision making, research, and evaluation. We will also focus on mental health, the well-being and protection of children and families, and understanding identity, self, and agency. But that is not all - you will also get real-world experience through an intensive field placement where you will put your learning into action.
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To be eligible for this program, you must meet certain work experience requirements:
In this topic, we will learn about how democracy developed in Western countries and one new democracy. We will also look at how democracy works in Australia, and where it came from, like ideas from Britain and America. It is like exploring the history of how we make decisions in our country.
Psychology is a fancy way of saying we study how people behave and what goes on inside their minds. We look at how people grow up, how their bodies work, and how they act with others. It is like trying to understand why we do the things we do.
Social work has been around for a long time, and people have seen it in diverse ways. Some think it is about making society fairer and helping people who are struggling. Others see it to control and manage society. Social workers deal with both big-picture problems and individual issues, trying to make things better for everyone.
This topic helps us think in a distinct way called the "sociological imagination." It means we connect our subjective experiences to the bigger picture of society. We look at everyday life to understand how it has influenced our society works. We also see how things like inequality affect how people live and the opportunities they have. This helps us use what we learn about society to understand and solve important problems in the world today.
This topic helps us understand the things that affect our health in Australia today. We learn about the healthcare system and how it works. We also realize that we are both users and providers of healthcare. This means we all use healthcare services, but we can also help others get the care they need. It is about taking care of ourselves and each other.
In this topic, we will learn about ways to become stronger and better at achieving our goals in school and life. We will talk about using evidence-based strategies, which means using methods that we know work well. This will help us manage the challenges of university and do well not just in school but also in our personal and professional lives. It is about not just surviving but thriving!
In this class, we will learn about how to understand and talk about social policies. We will explore how policies are made and debated. We will also learn about advocating for policies and making substantial changes in the systems that affect our society.
In this class, we will learn about how people grow and change throughout their lives. We will study different ideas and research about how humans develop socially. This knowledge will help us understand people better and be better at our jobs in the future.
In this class, we will learn about two important things social workers do: work with groups of people and help communities get better. We will study how social workers do these things and the skills they need. This will help us understand how to collaborate with people in different situations.
In this topic, we will explore how social work has collaborated with Indigenous people in Australia. We will look at the history, what is happening now, and what could happen in the future. We will also talk about our own cultures and how they affect our work with others. We will discuss things like power, oppression, and being allies.
In this topic, we will talk about power and how it affects people. We will look at things like class, gender, race, and more. We will discuss how some people have advantages they did not earn, while others face unfair challenges. Our goal is to promote fairness and social justice for everyone.
Field education is like a real-world classroom. It lets students see how social work is done in practice and use what they have learned in class. This helps students become better social workers by combining theory and practice.
In this topic, students learn about ethics and values in social work. They use the AASW Code of Ethics and different theories to make ethical decisions in their social work practice. It is all about doing the right thing in their work.
In this topic, students learn about diverse types of research in social work. They learn how to find information, produce research questions, choose the right tools for their research, collect data, and share what they find. It is all about learning how to study and understand the social world.
In this topic, students explore how to work with children and families. They learn about the rules and social context that affect this work. They also look at how it can be different depending on whether it is done by government agencies or other organizations. It is about understanding the challenges and responsibilities of working with families and kids in various situations.
In this topic, students will learn about different social work theories. These theories help social workers understand and help people better. Some of the theories include crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed practice. Students will not only learn how to use these theories but also how to analyze and question them.
This topic is about violence and abuse, and it looks at them from a social work perspective. We use the idea of power and control to understand why some people behave in oppressive and abusive ways.
In this topic, we build on what you learned in your first field education experience. It is all about bringing together what you have learned in the classroom with what you are doing in your social work practice. This helps you become more professional and develop your own way of doing things as a social worker.
In this topic, we will look at what is happening in the world and how it affects social work. We will talk about substantial changes like the environment, technology, and the way people live and work. Social workers need to be ready for these changes and find new ways to help people. We will explore different ideas and ways of doing social work to stay up to date with what is happening in the world.
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