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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 course addresses basic organising concepts of welfare, using historical and contemporary case studies. 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 reviews the fundamentals of social research, including: ethical considerations; sampling and data collection; data analysis and, dissemination and distribution of research knowledge related to the social work. The execution of a research project is required as the major course assessment.The development of research skills by students is an important component of a social work degree. This course aims to build on the skills gained in earlier methods courses and provide an opportunity for students to begin to consolidate a research culture within their current or future employment. By providing the platform to complete manageable research assignments, this course allows students to become increasingly familiar with the business of research and how it fits within a theory/practice/research framework. Course Goals:To introduce and define key concepts associated with welfare and social policy, using historical and contemporary case studies.To introduce ‘tools’ and frameworks that will enable you to develop research skills and critical thinking in this and other fields.To analyse contemporary research practices, social issues, and welfare services, including Māori, Pasifika and other diverse perspectives.
Demonstrated understanding of the research processDemonstrated engagement with research participantsDemonstrated understanding of key ethical principles for social researchAbility to articulate the relationship between practice, theory and researchIncreased confidence to undertake practice research.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There is no textbook for this course. Throughout the course readings and resources will be uploaded to the University of Canterbury LEARN site - course SOWK101.There is a reading for the first week of class, so please read that prior to the first lecture.The Lecture Schedule is available in the “Course Information” tab on the LEARN website for this course.
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* 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.