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An introduction to the provision of welfare in New Zealand, providing students with the opportunity to examine socio-cultural, economic and political factors that have influenced current welfare policies, practice and services. The first part of the course addresses basic organising concepts of welfare, using historical and contemporary case studies. In the second part, students will be introduced to tools and frameworks that will enable them to develop research skills and critical thinking. Using current case studies of service delivery presented by guest practitioners, contemporary research practices, social worlds/issues and welfare services/responses are analysed.
This course provides an introduction to the provision of welfare in New Zealand, providing students with the opportunity to examine socio-cultural, economic, and political factors that have influenced current welfare policies, practice, and services. The first part of the course addresses important organizing concepts of welfare, using historical and contemporary case studies to illustrate their application in practice. In the second part, students will be introduced to policy tools and frameworks, enabling them to develop research skills and policy analysis. Alongside the lectures, guest speakers from the service field will present studies of social policy in action.Skilful work within human services requires policy analysts and practitioners to understand the impact of the environment on well-being, and to have the skills to make changes in that environment. Human service workers need a sound grasp of how welfare provision affects everyday lives. Objectives:1. To introduce and define key concepts associated with welfare and social policy, using historical and contemporary case studies.2. To introduce 'tools' and frameworks that will enable you to develop research skills and critical thinking in this and other fields.3. To analyse contemporary research practices, social issues, and welfare services
Familiarity with basic themes and concepts related to welfare provisionGain an overview of the development of welfare services in New Zealand within the political, economic and social/cultural context.Familiarity with the tools required for the analysis of welfare services and programmesAbility to consider key fields of practice from a policy and a service organisation perspective
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students
Referencing for Social Work & Humans Services
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Social Work & Human Services
Teaching & learning resources:• A variety of written texts• Scholarly articles and news items• Case analysis• Case studies of service delivery• Guest presenters, including people in the field • Audio and video material
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.