HSRV203-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Policy Debates in the Social Services

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course examines key principles guiding policy on the provision of social services. Trends and debates around the shifting relationship between welfare systems and the state are explored along with factors influencing the delivery of human services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Students will learn to critically assess the implications of social service delivery for providers and consumers of welfare services, and issues around the impact of inequalities in society.

The purpose of the course is to develop the ability to analyse contemporary social issues in a systematic way that equips social workers and human service workers to apply their understanding in practice. The interface between ‘private troubles’ and ‘public issues’ will inform analysis and will assist practitioners with appreciating the forces that impact on their clients’ circumstances and on human service delivery. A history of social policy in Aotearoa is included in the course with emphasis on the effects of colonisation on the socio-economic outcomes for Maori.

Learning Goals:
1. To introduce social policy as it has developed in Aotearoa/New Zealand
2. To explore ideologies, values and beliefs that underpin current social policy
3. To introduce policy formulation and policy process
4. To analyse contemporary social issues and their social policy implications
5. To consider the influence of social policy on both human service
    organisations and their clients

Learning Outcomes

Sound grasp of social policy theories and how they inform current debates

  • Refined capacity to analyse and explain the complex interplay of factors that influence policy development
  • Advanced understanding of policy process and implementation in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Facility to critically assess the impact of social policy on service provision
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


30 points from HSRV101, HSRV102, HSRV103, HSRV104, SOWK101, SOWK102 and SOWK104. Students without this prerequisite but with at least 60 points in appropriate courses may enter the course with the permission of the Programme Coordinator.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 441 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 235 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
03 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 441 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Josiah Banbury

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All HSRV203 Occurrences

  • HSRV203-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018