HSRV204-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

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

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


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.

      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.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


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 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 031 Lecture Theatre (20/2-27/2)
Jack Erskine 031 Lecture Theatre (6/3-3/4, 1/5-29/5)
18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Geography 602 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Geography 602 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 429 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

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

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Yvonne Crichton-Hill


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tutorials attendance 10%
Cultural Autobiography 20 Mar 2019 15%
Exam 40% Date to be advised
Population study power point and summary 22 May 2019 35%


Where to post assignments:
Online as advised and/or the Assignment Drop Box by the Administrator's office on level 1, Music Building.    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 $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* 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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  • HSRV204-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019