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Introduction to Social work

Work to address social problems and human rights issues in your community.

Understand the underlying ethical foundations you’ll require as a social worker. Get set for work with community groups, government departments and not-for-profits.

Study advocacy and leadership, social justice, applied counselling, law and social policy.

Studying social work online means that you can fit your study around your job, whether that’s existing work in the field, or something you’re looking to transition from.

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Debbie studied community development with Murdoch University, through Open Universities Australia.

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Social work highlights

  • Develop your communication skills.
  • Work to improve the lives of people in your community.
  • Engage with behavioural science.

Social work specialisations

  • Dispute resolution and mediation.
  • Analyse policies and services.
  • Build your project management skills.

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