SOWK101-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Introduction to Social Policy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 May 2020


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.

Learning Outcomes

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.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 18:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 17 Feb - 5 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 24 Feb - 5 Apr
27 Apr - 31 May
02 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 340 24 Feb - 5 Apr
27 Apr - 31 May
03 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Music 206 24 Feb - 5 Apr
27 Apr - 31 May
04 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 244 24 Feb - 5 Apr
27 Apr - 31 May
05 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 24 Feb - 5 Apr
27 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Gretchen Perry


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Post 10%
Essay 20% Word Limit 1,200
Policy Analysis 30% Word Limit 2000
End of course EXAM 40% Date to be advised

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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.

All SOWK101 Occurrences

  • SOWK101-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020