HCS103 Fields of Practice (8)


The subject traces the evolution of the practice of social welfare and social work, and the profession. It provides a critical orientation to a range of fields of practice and population groups in our society, highlighting practice dilemmas.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS103
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have completed SWK326

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of practice in the social services and the historical development of social service practice and the social work profession
- be able to demonstrate knowledge of the range of vulnerabilities and contexts of practice
- be able to understand and participate in discussions that reflect the contested nature of social services
- be able to identify and draw on relevant foundation knowledge from other disciplines that inform professional practice
- be able to engage in current debates surrounding professional intervention in a variety of contexts
- be able to identify and discuss ethical and practice issues and dilemmas that arise in specific fields of practice


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to practice - Social service practice and the social work profession - Contested aspects of practice - values, methods and models - Practitioner autonomy in the organisational context of practice - Fields of practice, including: Health Income security and employment Child protection Criminal justice and corrections International social work - Vulnerable to disadvantage Indigenous people Cultural minorities Children and families Women Ageing Young people Disability People in rural areas


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.