HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1 (8)

The subject traces the evolution of the practice of social welfare and social work, and the profession. It provides a critical orientation to a range of fields of practice and population groups in our society, highlighting practice dilemmas. It grounds Australian and International Social work practice in the context of social, political, economic, historical and environmental considerations. 

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
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
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 and have an appreciation of the impacts of privilege (Pease 2010) or positionality (Takas 2002)
  • be able to understand, participate and theorise on social work fields of practice in ways that reflect the contested nature of social services
  • be able to identify , draw upon and extend relevant foundation knowledge from other disciplines that inform professional practice in social work
  • be able to engage in and make a contribution to developing 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
  • discern and utilise research and, where appropriate, develop practice-based research that extends the knowledge base of the social work discipline
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to practice
  • Social service practice and the social work profession
  • Contested aspects of practice - values, methods and models
  • Practitioner autonomy in the organisational context of practice
  • Context of practice, including:
  • Health
  • Income security and employment
  • Criminal justice and corrections
  • International social work
  • Children and families
  • Gender, Sexuality and Power
  • Ageing
  • Young people
  • Disability
  • People in rural areas
Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.