SWK414 International Social Development (8)

This subject will focus on social development as a process of social change designed to promote the wellbeing of a population as a whole. It is also an approach to social welfare which offers an effective developmental response to the situation of socially and economically deprived populations. It will emphasise elements of international social work and social welfare practice useful for socio-economic development such as self-help, mutual aid, conscientization, institution building, community social capital and developing community capacity.


Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SWK414. 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 explain concepts of growth and change as they relate to social development
  • Be able to discuss the nature and context of social development at both international and national levels
  • Be able to apply social development concepts and principles to social welfare policy and practice in an international context
  • Be able to critically examine case studies of social development so as to understand programs and strategies addressing the major global issues
  • Be able to prepare for an international placement and/or career in international social development


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to international social work and social development: Conceptual, historical, theoretical and organisational discussion
  • The integrated-perspectives approach to international social work and development
  • Strategies for international social work and social development practice, including the need for local development
  • Understanding and addressing issues of global poverty, forced displacement, conflict and post-conflict situations
  • Working with vulnerable populations: Children, women and the elderly
  • Field placements and careers in international social development
  • Challenges and future directions: international social work as an integral part of the profession

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SWK414 in Session 3 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 %
Essay 1
Essay 2

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.