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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 Zealand2. To explore ideologies, values and beliefs that underpin current social policy debates3. To introduce policy formulation and policy process4. To analyse contemporary social issues and their social policy implications5. To consider the influence of social policy on both human service organisations and their clients
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
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students
Referencing for Social Work & Humans Services
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Social Work & Human Services
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.