These inherent requirements apply to the following course/s
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
The University of Wollongong (UOW) and the School of Health and Society (HAS) strongly supports the right of all people to pursue a social work course.
Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit, while preserving the academic integrity of the university's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. The inherent requirements are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the course that must be met by all students.
Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.
The School is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, field placement and other activities to enable students' to participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.
Students are required to undertake activities which reflect the Australian social work context which may include mixed gender, religious and culturally diverse environments. For further information, contact your Academic Program Director
To support potential and current students' decision making a series of inherent requirement statements has been developed. These statements specify the course requirements of the undergraduate social work courses for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition relational skills, reflective skills and sustainable performance.
How to read the inherent requirement statements
If you are intending to enrol in a social work course at the School of Health and Society, you should look at these inherent requirement statements and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.
If you think you may experience challenges for any reason including a disability or chronic health condition, you should discuss your concerns with the Social Work team, such as the Professor of Social Work , Academic Program Director, Disability Services or a Student Support Advisor. These staff can work collaboratively with you to determine reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the inherent requirements. In the case where it is determined that inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, the University staff can provide guidance regarding other study options.
These inherent requirements should be read in conjunction with other course information and Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) publications such as the AASW codes of ethics and the AASW Practice Standards.
The inherent requirements are made up of the following five components and domains:
- Level 1 - introduction to the inherent requirement
- Level 2 - description of the inherent requirement
- Level 3 - explanation of why this is an inherent requirement of the course
- Level 4 - the nature of any adjustments that may be made to allow you to meet the requirement
- Level 5 - examples of tasks that show you've met the requirement. These are examples only and not a comprehensive list
There are eight domains of inherent requirements in each social work course. Some domains have a number of sub-domains.
- Ethical behaviour
- Behavioural stability
- Relational skills
- Reflective skills
- Sustainable performance