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

This subject is the capstone theory and practice subject in the Bachelor of Social Work course. It requires students to consolidate knowledge and skills and to critically apply these in practice contexts to achieve systemic change across micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice. Particular emphasis will be placed on social action and social movements. By the end of this subject, students will demonstrate critically reflective practice and integration of theory and practice at the level of a new graduate. Students will have an understanding of their professional identity as social workers.This subject draws together learning from across the entire course and integrates knowledge from many sources into a cohesive framework for practice, critical reflection and further research.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students need to have successfully completed HCS200, HCS202 and HCS300 before enrolling into HCS400.

This subject is not available to students who have completed subject HCS511 or HCS405.


HCS200 and HCS202 and HCS300

Subject Relationships

HCS405 Incompatible subject
HCS511 Paired Subject
HCS202 Prerequisite subject
HCS200 Prerequisite subject
HCS300 Prerequisite subject

Incompatible Subjects

HCS405, HCS511

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and assess the role of the worker as change agent within organisations and other multilevel systems, including understanding change management processes;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to undertake and participate in social action and social movements for macro level practice and global citizenship, to facilitate systemic change;
  • be able to demonstrate a social work professional identity by arguing for professional values, use of self, theoretical and skills-based approaches;
  • be able to integrate learning from across the course, through using critically reflective practice to justify a coherent practice framework; and
  • be able to participate in face-to-face learning activities as per accreditation requirements.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Challenging organisational practice, including strategies for interprofessional practice, being a change agent and managing organisational change
  • Influencing systemic change within and between organisations, communities and government
  • Principles, knowledge and skills related to macro practice and global citizenship, with emphasis on social action, social movements and activism
  • Strategies for lifelong professional development, including critical 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS400 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Multiple choice quiz
Online open book exam
Practice framework discussion
Compulsory residential school attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will involve the students in interactive experiential learning activities, providing a safe environment in which to practice and develop their skills. It will provide specific lectures and opportunities for discussion and clarification of key concepts and processes.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.