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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.Goals1. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tutorials for this course will be a mixture of online and face to face.
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students
Referencing for Social Work & Humans Services
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Social Work & Human Services
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.
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.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences.