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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 debatesRefined capacity to analyse and explain the complex interplay of factors that influence policy developmentAdvanced understanding of policy process and implementation in Aotearoa/New ZealandFacility 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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
HSRV103 and HSRV104; or, 15 points at 100 level in HSRV and 30 points at 100 level from either Schedule C to the BSW, Schedule V to the BA, orSchedules C orE to the BCJ; or60 points at 100 level from the BA, BSW orBCJ.
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 $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.