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Start study from home in Trimester 2, 2020

For Trimester 2, 2020, you will be able to start your study from home. If restrictions are lifted we will continue to offer our students the flexibility to study online or a combination of online and on campus for the rest of the Trimester.

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 might 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

Support to succeed

We’re committed to helping you achieve your study goals, no matter what. With flexible options that put you in control, discover how study can fit around your life.

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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.

Zoe Gill

Zoe Gill had been a social worker for 15 years when she enrolled in a Master of Social Work at Griffith University.

Already a leader within her industry, Zoe took on the degree as a personal challenge. She felt like ‘something was missing’, and that something was a qualification commensurate with her substantial lived experience.

What impressed Zoe about Griffith was how much her supervisors really cared as they guided her through the university system. Zoe saw her lecturers, tutors and convenors bringing social work values into education.

“They cared about me as a social worker would: They saw me, my whole life and my professional experience,” Zoe said.

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Zoe Gill

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

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

New in 2020

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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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) - CANCELLED

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo - CANCELLED

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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