The social work profession promotes advocacy, social change, positive human relationships and the empowerment of people to enhance their wellbeing. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work, which is an increasingly important profession in today’s rapidly changing world.
The University of South Australia is a leading provider of programs in Social Work. The School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy provides high quality programs at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels.
The demand for graduates is high and graduating students quickly find employment in the fields of child and youth welfare, multicutural services, healthcare, community development, legal and court services, correctional services, disability services, social planning and administration, research and private industry.
There are also strong employment opportunities overseas, particularly in the UK. Current vacancy levels in the social work area are very high according to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.
A major focus of the program is on the development of the range of professional skills required in social work practice. The skills acquired in the classroom are demonstrated and honed during supervised work placements throughout the programs. The Master of Social Work program contains 980 hours of social work practice in agencies in the community.