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Bachelor of Social Work

Davina Taylor introducing the Bachelor of Social Work

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So the Bachelor of Social Work is four years full-time. Students do have the option of completing that part-time as well as coursework there are two practicum components which we call field education which is where students go and work in the field for a particular period of time.

I teach two courses within the Bachelor of Social Work. The first one is contemporary human services this is a first-year course. This course is very exciting as it's usually the first course taken by first-year students when they're very keen to start their journey to become a social worker.

The other course is community practice which is a third-year course. This is a personal favourite of mine as we look through different frameworks for working with communities but we also use a lot of case studies and examples just to keep the information interesting and very relevant.

The Bachelor of Social Work allows the students to branch out and work in many different areas. Social workers work in child safety, hospitals, mental health, youth work, women's health and so many other areas. As a human services worker, I am interested in is the field of disability and I've always found this very challenging but also very rewarding. It's just very satisfying knowing that I'm making a difference to people's lives. I think there's going to be some very exciting changes in the disability sector and I'm hoping to assist to make those changes of positive experience.

The Bachelor of Social Work is delivered by a flexible delivery, but we do have one residential per turn, The residentials are very exciting as it's a chance for students and staff we'd like-minded interests to get together and talk about issues relating to social work. It also provides a hands-on approach to students with their learning.

I started working in human services just because I really wanted to make a difference to people's lives. I wanted to know that at the end of the day I had made a change to you know the experiences someone was having. I have started working at the University for the same reason as it's great to see students who are interested in making a difference and assisting them through their journey to become a social worker and knowing that they are then going out and making a difference in the world.

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