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This course uses theory to illuminate the functioning and processes of change within and across family, organisation, community and global systems. In addition to critically examining the relationship between oppression, empowerment and change in human systems, the course broadly considers ethical values and the legal obligations of human service delivery systems.
Aims:• To introduce students to change frameworks and their utility in the human services• Critically consider the intersection of ethnicity, class, and gender in the analysis of social change and empowerment.• To engage in reflexive thinking and negotiate between the different arguments proposed by social theorists• Critical examination of the relationship between oppression, empowerment and change in human systems.• To introduce students to the practical and theoretical considerations inherent in working with community and global structures.
At the end of course the student will be able to: Critically analyze and can demonstrate reflective skills in relation to identification, intervention and evaluation of change in practice and organisational frameworks. Have an understanding of the relevance and application of contemporary social theory for working with local community and global level structures Critically examine the relationship between oppression, empowerment and change in human systems. Have an appreciation of complex ethical values and legal obligations of human service delivery systems.
HSRV204 and any 15 points at 200 level from HSRV orSOWK, orany 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Kate van Heugten
Maria-Victoria Perez Y Perez
No course textbook. All readings/materials are available on LEARN.
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students
Referencing for Social Work & Humans Services
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Social Work & Human Services
The administrator for the Human Services and Social Work Department is Denise Forbes and she can be located in room 310 in the Psychology/Geography Link Building.
Domestic fee $1,570.00
International fee $7,000.00
* 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.