HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4- Macro Practice and Professional Identity (8)


This subject is the final theory and practice subject in the Master of Social Work (professional qualifying) course. It requires students to critically apply practice methods to a range of social work contexts, with a particular focus on community work. By the end of this subject students will demonstrate advanced reflective practice and integration of theory and practice at the level of a new graduate.  Students will have an understanding and advanced development of their professional identity as social workers. Students will apply high level skills in research that inform their practice and to the development of new knowledge at the practice level. 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
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS511
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

Student need to have successfully completed HCS507, HCS508 & HCS509 before enrolling into HCS511.
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
HCS507 and HCS508 and HCS509HCS504

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • independently research, critically assess and apply community work principles to social work practice
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to independently research and undertake macro level practice to effectively facilitate community and systemic change
  • actively participate in face-to-face learning activities as per accreditation requirements
  • demonstrate a social work professional identity by arguing for particular values (as outlined by AASW), use of self, theoretical and skill-based approach
  • integrate learning from across the course, through the use of independent research skills, critically reflective practice and the professional theory and evidence base 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 and the use of research findings in 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 learninig all basic skills and advanced skills in a safe envionment. 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. Activities will include the integration of research into practice and the development of skills and values in developing thoery.  


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 16 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.