This program provides an opportunity for students to undertake core Social Work courses, which include studies in the areas of social work practice, social and behavioural sciences and contextual studies. To prepare students for a successful career in social work, it is critical that they have strong practical skills. Social Work students at UNSW will learn skills in professional practice right from first year. They will also develop their knowledge and skills in research and policy studies. Undertaking field placement, whether in Australia or abroad, is another way that students will sharpen their practical skills. Social workers are trained to understand people and to work with individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organisations for their collective well-being. Social workers help people to function in challenging circumstances such as homelessness, addiction, abuse, mental illness, poverty, aging and discrimination. They help people to function by seeking out practical solutions to reduce distress and improve quality of life. This is intense work, but with that comes a sense of intense professional fulfilment.
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