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Dr David Hodgson

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9780 7731, Email:, Campus: South West, Room: BU2.137
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7731
Campus: South West  
Room: BU2.137  


David Hodgson is Senior Lecturer in Social Work, in the School of Arts and Humanities.


  • Coordinator, Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)
  • Honours supervision
  • PhD supervision

Current teaching

  • SWK1102 - Philosophy, Knowledge and Ethics
  • SWK2114 - Community Health and Wellbeing
  • SWK3112 - Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Advanced Interpersonal Skills
  • SWK4120 - Social Work Project


David’s teaching, research, and professional involvement covers philosophy of ethics, critical thinking and decision-making, project management, social work practice skills and supervision, and social program design and evaluation.

Professional associations

  • 2000 - continuing, Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • 2015 - continuing, Executive Committee Member of the Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Educators Research (ANZSWWER)
  • 2015 - continuing Editorial Board Member for the journal ‘Australian Social Work’

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2005, 2006, 2007 - Nominee for the Edith Cowan University Faculty of Regional Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2007 - Nominee for the Vice Chancellor’s Citation Award (Excellence in Teaching)
  • 2008 - Winner, Edith Cowan University Faculty of Regional Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • 2009 - Certificate of Excellence, for “Outstanding academic achievement in the Graduate Certificate of Research Management at Southern Cross University”
  • 2016 - Nominee for the Vice Chancellor’s Citation Award (Excellence in Teaching).

Research areas and interests

Governmentality studies, social work theory, social work education and curriculum, decision-making and ethics


  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of South Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2014.
  • Graduate Certificate in Research Management, Southern Cross University, 2009.
  • Master of Sociology, Murdoch University, 2006.


Recent Research Grants

  • Development of an Evaluation Framework Family and Domestic Violence Responses in WA,  Department for Child Protection,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $15,400.
  • Evaluation of the 'In a Child's Mind' Playgroup Project,  Playgroup WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $5,409.
  • Suicide Research for the South West,  Val Lishman Health Research Foundation Inc,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $30,000.
  • Evaluation Proposal for 'Head Heart and Hand',  Milligan Community Learning and Resource Centre,  Grant,  2006 - 2009,  $18,725.
  • Examining rural youth needs in the South-West of WA: Implications for pedagogy,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $15,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Hodgson, D., (2018), It’s a dangerous world out there: The problems and limits of ‘risk’ in compulsory education policy and practicewith young peopleThe problems and limits of ‘risk’ incompulsory education policy and practicewith young people. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2(4), 16-28.
  • Watts, L., Schoder, M., Hodgson, D., (2018), The Experiences of Human Service Managers in Contexts of Change and Uncertainty. Australian Social Work, online(online), 1-13, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2018.1448093.
  • Hodgson, D., (2018), Conceptualising the compulsory education policy apparatus: Producing and reproducing risky subjectivities. Journal of Education Policy, online(online), 1-17.
  • Hodgson, D., (2018), Helping doctoral students understand PhD thesis examination expectations: A framework and a tool for supervision. Active Learning in Higher Education, online(online), 1-13, DOI: 10.1177/1469787417742020.
  • Jau, J., Hodgson, D., (2018), How interaction with animals can benefit mental health: A phenomenological study. Social Work in Mental Health: the journal of behavioral and psychiatric social work, 16(1), 20-33, Philadelphia, USA, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2017.1302037.
  • Hodgson, D., Watts, L., (2017), What can moral and social intuitionism offer ethics education in social work? A reflective inquiry. The British Journal of Social Work, 47(1), 181-197, DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw072.
  • Hodgson, D., (2016), What do you want to do with your life? Ethics and compulsory education. Journal of Education Policy, 31(4), 495-507, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2015.1119314.
  • Hodgson, D., (2016), Disciplining the conduct of young people in compulsory education policy and practice. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 39(1), 1-14, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2016.1160031.
  • Hodgson, D., Watts, L., (2016), Four principles of good assessment practice: A teaching and learning approach to designing and assessing student work. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 18(1), 8-22, Southport, QLD, Australian Assoc. for Social Work and Welfare Education.
  • Watts, L., Hodgson, D., (2015), Assessing the Needs of Carers of People with Mental Illness: Lessons from a Collaborative Study. Practice Social Work in Action, 28(4), 235-252, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09503153.2015.1120279.
  • Watts, L., Hodgson, D., (2015), Whole Curriculum Mapping of Assessment: Cartographies of Assessment and Learning. Social Work Education, 34(6), 682-699, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2015.1048217.
  • Watts, L., Hodgson, D., (2013), Knowing that and knowing how: Building student confidence through skills assessment. Advances in Sociial Work and Welfare Education, 14(1), 75-88, Australia, Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

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