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
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 2 (60)
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
Enrolment restrictions

Student need to have successfully completed HCS507, HCS508 & HCS509 before enrolling into HCS511.

HCS507 and HCS508 and HCS509
Incompatable Subjects
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 5 day Compulsory 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.  

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.