SWK701 Social Work Reflective Practice (16)

This subject provides a structure for students to work as reflective practitioners within the social work context. Outcomes of this subject are determined by the nature of the research projects being developed and are negotiated on an individual basis between students and supervisors. Projects are likely to be critical investigations of a particular approach to an identified social work issue in a nominated area of practice, undertaken in order to understand thoroughly its strengths and weaknesses. A detailed exploration of techniques relevant to the research topic is developed by students through reflection-in-action cycles in their own field of practice.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SWK701. 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


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically investigate identified issues in the professional practice of social work;
  • be able to demonstrate a higher order skill in critical reflection on the these identified issues in the professional practice of social work, including strengths, weaknesses and relevant theories; and
  • be able to demonstrate advanced critical reflection skills in research through the development of reflection-in-action cycles in their field of professional social work.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topics will be negotiated with the student's supervisors on an individual basis.
  • Indicative projects may include a critical investigation of a specific issue in a nominated area of practice, in order to thoroughly understand its strengths, weaknesses and theoretical underpinnings; or a detailed exploration of a technique or techniques relevant to the research topic.
  • It is expected that the work produced will include a detailed study and evaluation of trends and developments in the research topic or field of practice.


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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.