SWK701 Advanced Social Work Theory and Reflective Practice (16)

This subject enables candidates to begin the process of developing their research topic, in the context of exploring contemporary theory and critically reflecting on their professional practice. Together with their supervisor/s, candidates reflect on the foundations of their research project and develop a plan for progress within the structure of the Doctor of Social Work.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SWK701. 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

Restricted to candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate higher order skills in critical reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary theory, practice and philosophy relevant to the area of research
  • be able to investigate critically identified issues in the professional practice of social work
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the research process
  • be able to articulate a research topic of significance
  • be able to actively and constructively engage with the supervisory team


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The research process - requirements, expectations, supervision
  • Articulating the research topic - on an individual basis, in negotiation with candidate's supervisors
  • Contributing to the professional knowledge base
  • Introduction to ontology, axiology, epistemology and methodology
  • Contemporary theory, practice and research paradigms
  • Critical reflective practice in relation to the research topic - in the form of a detailed study and evaluation of trends and developments in the research topic or field of practice
  • Planning the next steps in your research and progress to-date

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SWK701 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 %
Theoretical development in social work practice
Critical reflection on practice

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.