HCS200 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice (8)

This subject is the first of four foundational social work theory and practice subjects.   This subject will cover the history, ethics and core values, models of helping and foundational theory and communication skills of social work practice. Emphasis is on the early stages of intervention including engagement and assessment at the individual level, family, group and community level.  This subject also introduces the concepts of social inclusion, diversity, globalisation and sustainability within a social work framework.

Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
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
Assumed Knowledge

HCS102 and HCS111 and HCS103 

Incompatable Subjects
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate core communication skills
  • outline key aspects of the development of social work as a profession
  • understand and apply social work core values and ethics
  • have a general understanding of discourse and practice theory relevant to social work and be able to articulate and critically apply this knowledge
  • explain the concepts of diversity, global citizenship, positionality, privilege and sustainability to social work practice
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills and reflective practice skills
  • participate in face-to-face learning activities as per accreditation requirements
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • History of social work and foundations of a social work identity
  • Core values, Social Work Code of Ethics and Practice Standards
  • Broad framework of discourse and social work practice theory across the individual, family, group and community level
  • Outline and develop basic micro skills and foundational communication skills for practice
  • Fundamentals of cultural sensitivity, social inclusion, responding to difference and diversity
  • Fundamentals of globalisation and sustainability and their relevance to social work practice
  • Foundations for critical thinking and self reflection
Residential School
This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will involve the students in interactive experiential learning all basic skills in a safe environment. It will provide specific lectures and opportunities for discussion and clarification of key concepts and processes. There will be individual and group activities to ensure that students have a clear understanding of the assessment process in preparation for their first practicum.

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.