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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.
Course GoalsTo 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.
Describe key themes and concepts in welfare provision Explain the political, economic, and socio-cultural influences on the development of welfare services in New Zealand from a policy and a service organisation perspectiveDevelop familiarity with the tools required to analyse welfare services and programmes critically. Understand and situate social policy issues with the global context.Assess the impact of policy on key human service practice issues.
This course is by Distance, so there are no lectures or tutorials that you need to attend on campus. You do need to engage with the recorded lectures and tutorials available weekly through the LEARN website.
There is no textbook for this course. Throughout the course readings and resources will be uploaded to the University of Canterbury SOWK101 LEARN site. There is a reading for the first week of class, so please read that prior to engaging with 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.