HSS300 Professional Development (8)


In this capstone subject students build on their existing practice, knowledge and skills in social welfare and focus on preparing for a career in the social welfare profession. It aims to encourage students to reflect on and apply this knowledge to the development of their own practice and to the social welfare context in a way that promotes further learning and practice sustainability.  It is assessed by developing and building a portfolio that includes reflection and exploration of values, communities of practice, professional skills, knowledge and context. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS300
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/FLFaculty of Arts and Education

Enrolment restrictions

HCS102 and HCS103 and IKC101 and PHL101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and critically evaluate their own professional ethics and values
  • be able to identify and evaluate critically the professional ethics and values of others
  • be able to engage with contexts in a way that is professional and fosters sustainable practice
  • be able to develop their professional identity and explore potential career paths
  • be able to demonstrate the development of a personal portfolio that includes reflection and exploration of values, communities of practice, and professional skills, knowledge and context


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Values and Ethics: Underlying principles, and personal values to enable reflective practice - Weeks 1 to 3
  • Sustainable professional practice: Networking/ Communities of practice/ Lenses and perspectives applied to practice - Weeks 4-8
  • Work readiness: Skills and knowledge development/ Fields and contexts of practice/ Professional development - Weeks 9-14


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.