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Improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities

Are you a passionate person who wants to support and improve people’s wellbeing? Then, social work is for you.

Griffith social work degrees have been designed to develop high-quality social work practitioners with competence in all core areas. With our flexible study options, gain job-ready skills to assist individuals, families, groups and communities in a broad range of roles including counselling and advocacy.

You'll develop critical thinking skills grounded in the values and ethics of the profession — promoting social justice, diversity, equity, and a commitment to the rights and needs of the people with whom you work

Human services or social work?

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Study social work at Griffith

Pursue a career that improves quality of life

Social workers are trained to understand people, putting their skills to work for the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

You'll study society and social arrangements, human services provision, counselling, and human behaviour and development, as well as specialised social work courses. You'll have the advantage of being taught by expert staff with experience in all areas of the social work profession. Many of our lecturers have won university awards for their outstanding teaching.

Extensive social work field placements

You'll complete two field placements as part of your Bachelor of Social Work degree, completing a minimum of 500 hours per placement to give you the opportunities to put your academic knowledge and skills into practice.

You'll be supervised by a qualified social worker for the duration of the field placement.

Study on-campus or online

Our social work bachelor degrees are taught at both our Logan and Gold Coast campuses or through external study (mostly online with some on-campus attendance required for intensive courses).

Inspiring overseas experiences

Social work student Melissa Cootes took part in a slums outreach program in India that supports children to attend schools and mentors them through to university, hoping education will alleviate the poverty of more than one person.

Joyce Odokopira

Griffith Social Work Graduate

Joyce Odokopira was a refugee with her sisters in Kenya before being relocated to Brisbane in 2003. She recently completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Griffith's Logan campus. `Now I have a chance to complete my degree and give back to the community—maybe by working with refugees or in child protection.'

Joyce Odokopira

New degree

Graduate Certificate in First Peoples Community Practice

Career outcomes

Opportunities for a challenging, fulfilling career

Social work is committed to ethical practice, human rights and social justice

Griffith graduates enter the workforce as qualified social workers ready to assist individuals, families, groups and communities in a broad range of roles including:

  • Casework
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy

You'll be well prepared for work that makes a difference in:

  • Child protection
  • Youth work
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services
  • Child and family welfare
  • Youth and adult offending
  • Disability
  • Hospital and community health settings
  • Mental health
  • Employment and income support
  • Working with older people or with migrants and refugees

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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July

TSXPO

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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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