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Start Date
February

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBIW

SATAC Code
444321 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 63.15 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Gain a unique double degree with just one extra year of study.
  • Graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to work with Aboriginal communities in a social work capacity.
  • Build your practical skills in our innovative, on-campus Social Work Studios.
  • Get hands-on experience and build pivotal networks with two intensive, supervised work placements.
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in their field, at a university that has been ranked number one in South Australia for research in psychology and social work1.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This double degree provides you with a sound knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences, as well as an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of life in Indigenous communities.

Key areas of study include:

  • Aboriginal cultures and Australian society
  • Aboriginal Australians and Aboriginal writing
  • archaeology and its role in Aboriginal heritage issues
  • Aboriginal history and colonialism

You will also get practical experience as part of the degree’s field education placement component. This is a valuable learning opportunity where you will build industry networks and further enhance practical skills. You will complete 1,000 hours of work field placements as part of your studies.

What you'll need

All students studying this degree will be required to complete criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed. You must also hold a current Child Safe Environments Certificate. Some placements may also require a current driver's licence and a recognised First Aid Certificate.

Why Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Cultures and Australian Society), Bachelor of Social Work

Why this Degree

This unique double degree enables you to gain two qualifications with just one extra year of study. By combining the study of social policies and behaviour with the study of Aboriginal cultures and Australian society, it improves and diversifies the employment prospects for graduates.

You will learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers, at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology and social work1. You will also gain hands-on experience in our Social Work Studios, and build workplace networks when you complete field education placements.

In the custom-built studios you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations. Using state-of-the-art recording equipment and cameras, you can review your work and learn from your experiences. Intensive, supervised work placements will also provide valuable real-world experience during which you will experience first-hand what it’s like to work with Aboriginal communities.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

As part of your studies you will complete 1,000 hours of intensive, supervised work placements. This real-world experience is a major focus of your studies and provides valuable practical experience and the opportunity for you to build important industry relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Social work requires a strong commitment to and passion for social justice and human rights. Working with Aboriginal communities presents various cultural, historic, social and health-related issues that require compassion, empathy and superior communication skills.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, the employment opportunities in Australia are looking good with predicted job growth to rise by 13.7 per cent through to 20201. Careers to consider:

  • aged care worker: provide personal, physical and emotional support to older people who need assistance with everyday living
  • correctional services officer: aid in the rehabilitation and counselling of offenders
  • domestic violence victim services officer: counsel, investigate and report on incidences of domestic violence
  • disability services officer: provide support for people in the community with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities
  • social planner: a pivotal role in creating liveable, sustainable communities; social planners create strategic policy to meet the needs and wants of the community

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Predictions 2015

Professional accreditation

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

What others are saying

I teach courses that provide insight into Aboriginal issues and digital historical archives. Before UniSA I was a writer, editor, anthropologist and historian. I am still heavily involved in industry, working as a writer and freelance historian with organisations such as State Records of South Australia. Plus in 2016 I published my debut novel, First Person Shooter.

Cameron Raynes


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Cameron Raynes


What you'll learn

What you Learn

This unique qualification combines the study of social policies and behaviour with the study of Aboriginal cultures and Australian society. You will complete courses from our accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree, covering topics such as:

  • social work theory: develop knowledge of various social work approaches as they relate to individuals, families, communities, groups and organisations
  • social work practice and skills: work in custom-built Social Work Studios to develop a range of skills needed to work in social practice; in this dedicated space you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations
  • social policy: learn how to identify the social policies that affect people’s lives, and the strategic ways that social workers may be able to influence these policies
  • social research: learn how to use, evaluate and construct research

You will also complete courses from the Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Cultures and Australian Society) degree. Key areas of study include:

  • Aboriginal cultures and Australian society
  • Aboriginal Australians and Aboriginal writing
  • archaeology and its role in Aboriginal heritage issues
  • Aboriginal history and colonialism

You will also study one Aboriginal Studies elective and complete 1,000 hours of work placements during your fourth and fifth years.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There may be essays, assignments and examinations. You can also expect:

  • case studies
  • projects
  • e-portfolios
  • digital presentations
  • critical analysis
  • online quizzes

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Service Provision WELF 1014 4.5
Communication Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 1019 4.5
Australian Politics, Civics and Citizenship POLI 1013 4.5
Child Development WELF 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Aboriginal Cultures HUMS 1035 4.5
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Social Enquiry Methods HUMS 1004 4.5
Australian Social Policy POLI 1012 4.5
Contemporary Aboriginal Issues HUMS 1034 4.5
Select one Aboriginal studies course from the folowing two options:
Caring for Country ENVT 1017 4.5
Aboriginal Voices in Film and Fiction LANG 2007 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Rights and Racism HUMS 2008 4.5
Segregation and Resistance: Aboriginal People and Government HUMS 2035 4.5
Communication, Culture and Aboriginal Australians COMM 2060 4.5
Forging a Nation: Australian History 1920 - Present HUMS 2034 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Comparative Indigenous Studies HUMS 2017 4.5
Identity and Representation HUMS 3014 4.5
Human Service Intervention WELF 2012 4.5
Interviewing Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 2020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Aboriginal Philosophy: Contesting Knowledge in Social Science PHIL 3008 4.5
Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing WELF 2019 4.5
Preparation for Field Placement WELF 2009 4.5 Note(s): 3
Working with Community WELF 2010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 7)
Human Service Workers and the Law JUST 2005 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Social Work Field Education 1 WELF 3011 13.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Practice in Social Work WELF 3021 4.5
Contemporary Practice Approaches WELF 3007 4.5
Aboriginal Rights and Interculturality SOCU 3035 4.5
Select one Aboriginal Studies course from the following three options:
Oral History Workshop: People and Place HUMS 3044 4.5
Tourism and Indigenous Peoples TOUR 2007 4.5
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Leading and Managing in Human Service Organisations WELF 4032 4.5
Child Centred Practice WELF 4030 4.5
Select two Social Work courses from the following three options:
Social Work with Older People HUMS 4001 4.5
Complexity in Practice WELF 4031 4.5
Rural Social Work WELF 4004 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Social Work Field Education 2 WELF 4019 13.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Professional Development WELF 4016 4.5

I have an active research focus and experience in policy development and program planning – I also place a strong emphasis on explicating the links between research, theory, policy and practice.

Dr Helena de Anstiss

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

As a social work student you will have access to state-of-the art Social Work Studios, which are equipped with recording equipment and cameras so that you can practice your skills with the help of field practitioners and academic staff.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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