HSS300 Professional Development (8)

In this capstone subject students build on their existing practice, knowledge and skills in social welfare and focus on preparing for a career in the social welfare profession. It aims to encourage students to reflect on and apply this knowledge to the development of their own practice and to the social welfare context in a way that promotes further learning and practice sustainability.  It is assessed by developing and building a portfolio that includes reflection and exploration of values, communities of practice, professional skills, knowledge and context. 



Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS300. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Faculty of Arts and Education


HCS102 and HCS103 and IKC101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and critically evaluate their own professional ethics and values;
  • be able to identify and evaluate critically the professional ethics and values of others;
  • be able to engage with contexts in a way that is professional and fosters sustainable practice;
  • be able to develop their professional identity and explore potential career paths; and
  • be able to demonstrate the development of a personal portfolio that includes reflection and exploration of values, communities of practice, and professional skills, knowledge and context.


This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Values and Ethics: Underlying principles, and personal values to enable reflective practice - Weeks 1 to 3
  • Sustainable professional practice: Networking/ Communities of practice/ Lenses and perspectives applied to practice - Weeks 4-8
  • Work readiness: Skills and knowledge development/ Fields and contexts of practice/ Professional development - Weeks 9-14


For further information about courses and subjects outlined in the CSU handbook please contact:

Current students

Future students

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.