Social Work Thesis

Subject SCWK90020 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

12,000 word written thesis developed under supervision

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor
Total Time Commitment:

10 hours per week


A result of H2A or above in the following subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

PLUS completion of both of the following subjects on the first attempt:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

PLUS an average of 75% across all first year subjects.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Winsome Roberts


Social Work
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9422
F: +61 3 8344 4188

Subject Overview:

Completion of a 12,000 word thesis under supervision.


At the conclusion of this subject, students will have:

  • Developed an understanding of epistemological and methodological issues in social work research
  • Developed an ability to undertake a critical literature review and conceptualise a research project
  • Demonstrated their knowledge of research practice by conducting a social research project to completion

12,000 word thesis

Prescribed Texts:

Evans, D. & P. Gruba (2002). How to write a better thesis. Carlton, Melbourne University Press.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • critically analyse texts and practices;
  • understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice;
  • link theory to practice;
  • competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
  • undertake independent research.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Social Work (250)

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