HCS400 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity (8)


This subject is the final theory and practice subject in the Bachelor of Social Work courses. It requires students to critically apply practice methods to a range of social work contexts with a particular emphasis on community work. By the end of this subject students will demonstrate reflective practice and integration of theory and practice at the level of a new graduate.  Students will have an understanding and beginning development of their professional identity as social workers. This subject draws together knowledge from the whole course and serves as a “capstone” subject for integrating knowledge from many sources into a cohesive framework for practice and further research.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Online*Wagga Wagga Campus
On CampusDubbo Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS400
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:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Must have successfully completed HCS200, HCS202 and HCS300
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically apply community work principles to social work practice
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to undertake macro level practice to effectively facilitate community and systemic change
  • be able to participate in face-to-face learning activities as per accreditation requirements
  • be able to demonstrate a social work professional identity by arguing for professional values, use of self, theoretical and skills-based approach
  • be able to integrate learning from across the course, through using critically reflective practice (and evidence based practice - HCS511) to justify a coherent practice framework


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Community work interventions with specific client groups and issues.
  • Advanced community development and capacity building in specific contexts including international, rural and remote and entrenched/enmeshed communities.
  • Influencing structural change within and between organisations, communities and government.
  • Professional practice with issues of gender, sexuality, race, spirituality, culture, class and violence.
  • Strategies for critical professional development: reflection in supervision, learning and practice
  • Development of a professional identity through integration of professional practice, values and knowledge to ensure the student becomes a reflective practitioner and can identify and articulate their professional practice framework.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day 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. 


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.