HSRV204-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Culture, Indigeneity and Citizenship: Critical Debates for the Human Services

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


The course provides a critical introduction to the historical and current debates of culture, indigeneity and citizenship. The course focuses on debates that move beyond conventional notions of culture, indigeneity and citizenship, and treats these as strategic concepts that are central in the analysis of global/local identities, participation, empowerment, and human rights. Understanding how other societies, populations, groups and individuals organise their lives and give meaning to their existence enables us to develop theoretically informed tools for providing practical analysis and advice in the shaping/construction of human services agencies and practice.

The course draws together considerations for effective human services and social work practice in New Zealand's bi-cultural society.  In doing so it considers issues of cultural identity, ethnic relations, power, and control as the basis for culturally responsive work with indigenous populations.


1.   To enhance awareness of an sensitivity to our own cultural heritage.
2.   To provide a critical view of the historical and contemporary situation of indigenous people,
     locally and globally.
2.   To develop increased awareness, knowledge and skill in the cultural perspectives that
     determine and influence behavior and to locate such development locally and internationally.
3.   To examine theoretical concepts for effective cross cultural work with minority groups
     who identify on the basis of ethnicity, ability, sexuality, and age.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  •   Understand the historical and contemporary situation of indigenous people in the
        New Zealand and international context.
  •   Have knowledge of the responses of minority populations to oppression and marginalization.
  •   Articulate the relevance of concepts of identity, prejudice, discrimination and oppression to
        human services practice.
  •   Consider the relevance of theory, legislation, international conventions, and policy to work
        with minority populations.
    • 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.

      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.


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.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 E7 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 315 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 443 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

Tutorials for this course will be  a mixture of online and face to face.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Yvonne Crichton-Hill


Where to post assignments:
Online as advised and/or the Essay box on level 1, Psychology/Sociology Building, in the appropriate course code slot on the wall. It is important to ensure you understand whether a hardcopy is required, so check your instructions for every submission. All submissions require our coversheets.

Where to collect marked assignments:
Online as advised or from your Tutor/Lecturer.

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.

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