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Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work, students will be able to:


Course Learning Outcome


Demonstrate a depth of disciplinary knowledge in at least one field in the arts, humanities and/or social sciences by applying discipline‐based expertise to research, project, and work‐based problems.


Synthesise knowledge, experience and practice by constructing and testing new arguments and proposing evidence‐based solutions.


Communicate complex ideas and data effectively to diverse audiences through context‐dependent forms of communication.


Critically analyse and evaluate competing sources of knowledge and information using a variety of different modes of communication.


Approach local and global challenges in research, professional practice, and civil life with personal integrity and intellectual rigor.


Apply ethical frameworks to academic research and inquiry by working productively and collaboratively in diverse groups and across disciplines and cultures.


Combine distinct forms of disciplinary knowledge to communicate in interdisciplinary contexts across different fields and areas of expertise.


Develop innovative and original interpretations and insights.


Critically and constructively reflect upon professional practice in social work that makes a positive contribution to a more socially just society.


Synthesise and apply relevant knowledge from more than one discipline to professional practice in social work.


Critically and creatively enact practice in social work that responds to, and informs theory, policy and research.


Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development by undertaking research into practice that contributes to positive individual and social change.


Critically apply inclusive ways of knowing, being and doing that respect and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians; acknowledging the enduring values and cultures that enrich current Australian society.


Critically analyse and evaluate how disciplines construct meaning and produce claims of validity.


Demonstrate skills in sourcing information and interpreting challenging contexts to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences.


Work professionally in complex and dynamic social work environments with others, appreciating and embracing the strengths, interests, and motivations of difference.