HCS402 Social Work Field Education 2 (16)


This is the second of two field education subjects. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate and / or develop professional practice skills, knowledge, values and their social work identity in a different practice setting and field of practice from their first placement, under the supervision of a qualified social worker. In this subject students are required to demonstrate entry level standards of professional practice according to social work practice standards and Code of Ethics as well as requirements for field education in Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS402
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:
Two sessionsSY/USSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students enrolled in SWK424. For social work and human services students only.
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
(HCS206 and HCS207 and HCS303) or (HCS200 and HCS202 and HCS303)SWK424

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • engage with and enact the minimum standards of professional practice expected of an entry level social worker, as specified by the professional social work association, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), with a focus on the intervention and evaluation stages of an intervention. This includes being able to:
  • formulate individual learning objectives drawn from the AASW practice standards, define, in consultation, appropriate learning strategies and performance measures, and evaluate, in consultation, their performance against these measures;
  • critique their learning styles based on Kolbs' learning inventory and develop and apply flexibility in their approach to social work practice, incorporating new approaches to professional practice as appropriate;
  • design and implement professional methods of intervention and evaluation demonstrating practice skills at entry level professional standard
  • critically reflect on their own practice, values and knowledge of social work and identify strengths and areas for future development;
  • engage in praxis by integrating theory and professional practice;
  • clarify ethical issues in the placement context and apply ethical professional practice standards according to the AASW Code of Ethics to their own and others' practice;
  • critically reflect on how social work values of respect for persons, social justice and professional integrity are expressed in the practice and organisational context of the placement;
  • analyse the policy and practice environment of the placement
  • demonstrate and monitor sensitive communication practices (written, oral) that are appropriate to the professional context
  • identify and apply culturally sensitive practices to their professional placement;
  • construct and demonstrate a professional identity as an entry level social worker;
  • demonstrate a constructive supervision relationship with their field educator and identify their preferred approach to professional supervision;
  • consider and evaluate constructive feedback and modify professional practice appropriately;
  • employ entry level standards of professional judgement in a range of contexts;
  • generate a feasible professional development plan, demonstrating commitment to lifelong learning.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Students undertake a structured, individualised syllabus of experiential learning in an approved real world work site, under the supervision of a qualified and experienced social worker, completing the balance of hours required to meet the 1,000 hours of total supervised field education time in an accredited social work degree. The individualised syllabus is based on social work practice standards and Code of Ethics as well as requirements for field education in Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards. In addition students are required to apply insights from adult learning theories and theories of professional supervision. Design, implementation and assessment of the learning experience and student performance are undertaken collaboratively by the student, field educator and university staff.
  • Students who completed the Placement Strand of the first field education subject choose either a direct focus in the syllabus for this subject (interpersonal skills, clinical casework or group work) or an indirect focus (community development, educational group work, policy or research) so that one field education subject in their degree has a direct focus, and the other has an indirect focus. Students who completed the Professional Practice Assessment Strand of the first field education subject are required to undertake a placement with a direct focus.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 40 to 92 days duration. In this subject WPL is undertaken across 2 sessions for 16 credit points. Students undertake around 500
hours of experiential learning/professional practice under the supervision of an experienced qualified
social worker in a real workplace. Learning and assessment is undertaken through a collaborative
partnership articulated in an individualised learning plan.


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.