HSRV301-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Change and Human Systems

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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.


•  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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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
  •  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 or SOWK, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Karl Popper 612
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 315
27 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 28 May

Course Coordinator

Kate van Heugten


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature review 30 Mar 2023 30% 2000 words
Research statement & references 04 May 2023 20% Two pages
Participation 18 May 2023 5% Due 18 and 22 May
Project 12 Jun 2023 45% 3500 words

Textbooks / Resources

No course textbook.  All readings/materials are available on LEARN.


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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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 .

All HSRV301 Occurrences

  • HSRV301-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • HSRV301-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)