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Bachelor of Social and Community Work (BSCW) 

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No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. Students enrolled in 2011 or earlier should consult the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work for advice on choice of papers.

Overview

A four-year degree offering formal social work education. Available to both on-campus and distance students, this programme will provide a foundation for work in the social services. Formal entry into the BSCW degree will normally be available by admission at second year (distance) and third year (on-campus) following a period of intermediate study.

The Bachelor of Social and Community Work (BSCW) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Social and Community Work (BSCW)

Note: For information on prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions, refer to the Prescriptions in the Guide to Enrolment.

Level Papers Points
1st and 2nd stages

First Stage Compulsory Papers

SOWK 111 / SOWX 111

SOWX 114

either

SOWX 113

or

MAOR 102 and MAOR 110

One of EDUC 102, PSYC 112, or 18 other approved points

One of ANTH 103, ANTH 105, BSNS 104, BSNS 105, ECON 112, ENVI 111, GEND 101, GEND 102, GEOG 102, LAWS 101, MANT 102, PACI 101, SOCI 101, or 18 other approved points

Second Stage Compulsory Papers

SOWX 223*

SOWK 233 / SOWX 233

SOWK 234 / SOWX 234

SOWK 235 / SOWX 235

SOWK 236 / SOWX 236

* Distance Learning students only

** On-campus students only

First and Second Stage Elective Papers

Additional approved paper(s) from any degree to make a total of 216 points

18

18

18

36

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

3rd stage

SOWK 315 / SOWX 315

SOWK 316 / SOWX 316

SOWK 318 / SOWX 318

SOWK 319 / SOWX 319

SOWK 320 / SOWX 320

SOWK 321 / SOWX 321

SOWK 491 / SOWX 491

18

18

18

18

18

18

36

4th stage

SOWK 401 / SOWX 401

SOWK 402 / SOWX 402

SOWK 403 / SOWX 403

SOWK 404 / SOWX 404

SOWK 421 / SOWX 421

SOWK 492 / SOWX 492

18

18

18

18

18

36

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Social and Community Work (BSCW)

1 Admission to the Programme

(a) Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) on the advice of the Social and Community Work Admissions Committee.

(b) To be admitted to the programme at the Second Stage, an applicant must have passed, or be eligible for credit for, the First Stage compulsory papers as specified in the schedule of papers for the degree. The Committee will require evidence of every applicant's personal suitability, prior learning, and competence in social service work, and must be satisfied that the applicant satisfies the requirements of the Social Workers Registration Act 2003.

(c) To be admitted to the programme at the Third Stage, an applicant must have passed papers worth 216 points from the First and Second Stages as specified in the programme requirements above. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic record, personal suitability and proven experience in the social services. The Social and Community Work Admissions Committee must be satisfied that applicants meet the requirements of the Social Work Registration Act 2003.

2 Structure of the Programme

(a) Every programme shall consist of papers worth not less than 486 points, as prescribed in the programme requirements above.

(b) The Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work may approve variations from the normal sequence of papers.

(c) The degree may be completed on campus or by distance learning.

3 Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

4 Duration of the Programme

A candidate shall follow a programme of study for not less than four years of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

5 Variations

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

Notes:

(1) Student numbers may be limited by the capacity of the social services to manage the fieldwork placements.

(2) An application for admission to the programme is required; this is separate from the enrolment process. Applications must be made on the prescribed form and received by the Administrator, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work, no later than 1 October in the year before admission for students applying for 300-level admission, and 1 November in the year before admission for students applying for 200-level admission.

(3) Applicants for admission at 200-level will be distance students and must have proven social service work competence. Other students may apply for admission at 300-level to the on-campus programme.

(4) Applicants with appropriate previous qualifications or prior learning and experience may be eligible for ad eundem credit or RPL (recognition of prior learning) credit towards the programme.

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