HCS103 Fields of Practice (8)

This subject provides an introduction to the social work profession and the human services sector as well as providing an overview of some fields of practice in social work. The subject content encourages students to consider critical issues relating to a range of social work practice contexts.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
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 identify and draw on relevant foundation knowledge, ethical principles and current debates to 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:
  • Foundations of Social Work; Social service practice and the social work profession; Contested aspects of practice - values, methods and models
  • Core AASW Fields of Practice: Health; Mental Health; Child Protection; Cultural Diversity; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Cultural Context, including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities; Cross-cultural Practice/Non-Indigenous Communities and Cultural Diversity
  • Additional Fields of Practice, including: Income maintenance and Employment; Gender, sexuality and power Disability practice; Crime and Corrections; Substance Abuse; Social Work with Aged People
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.