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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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