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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  



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

  • SWK3112 Social Work Theory and Practice 1
  • SWK6112 Social Work Research Methods
  • SWK6113 Human Services Leadership and Professional Supervision
  • SWK1102 Philosophy, Knowledge and Ethics

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Social Workers 
  • The Australian Social Policy Association
Research Areas

  • Education Policy
  • School Leaving and Attrition
  • Social Work Education and Curriculum
  • Governmentality


  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of South Australia.
  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Murdoch University, 2014.
  • GradCert (Graduate Certificate), Southern Cross University, 2009.
  • MSocSc (Master of Social Science), 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

  • Jau, J., Hodgson, D., (2017), How interaction with animals can benefit mental health: A phenomenological study. Social Work in Mental Health, online(online), 1-14, DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2017.1302037.
  • Hodgson, D., (2016), Disciplining the conduct of young people in compulsory education policy and practice. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Online(Online), 14p., DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2016.1160031.
  • Hodgson, D., Watts, L., (2016), What can moral and social intuitionism offer ethics education in social work? A reflective inquiry. British Journal of Social Work, Article in press(Article in press), 1-17, DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw072.
  • 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.
  • Watts, L., Hodgson, D., (2015), Whole Curriculum Mapping of Assessment: Cartographies of Assessment and Learning. Social Work Education, 34(6), 682-699, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2015.1048217.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1080/09503153.2015.1120279.
  • Hodgson, D., (2015), What do you want to do with your life? Ethics and compulsory education. Journal of Education Policy, 31(4), 495-507, DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2015.1119314.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Speaking Back To Theory: Community Development Practices In The South West Region Of Western Australia
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