SOWK101-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Introduction to Social Policy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe key themes and concepts in welfare provision  
  • Explain the political, economic, and socio-cultural influences on the development of welfare services in Aotearoa New Zealand from a policy and a service organisation perspective
  • Develop 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.



Equivalent Courses



Letitia Meadows


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Social policy-related initiative 23 Aug 2022 30% 1200 words
Policy Analysis 30 Sep 2022 30% 1500 words
Take home test 28 Oct 2022 40% Course content

Textbooks / Resources

There is no textbook for this course. Readings relevant to the course will be placed on AKO|LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* 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 SOWK101 Occurrences

  • SOWK101-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022
  • SOWK101-22S2 (D) Semester Two 2022 (Distance)