SOWK102-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Human Services in Aotearoa

15 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


A course that introduces the history, and contemporary organisation, and functions of the social services industry in New Zealand society. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of students’ capacities to understand and critically analyse the impact of service delivery on diverse populations.

The course considers the origins and traditions of human service work, and particularly social work – its knowledge base, values and skills.  The matter of social justice is explored, especially through attention to cultural diversity.
Part two of the course is devoted to exploring relevant fields of practice in Aotearoa, including child welfare services, criminal justice, health, and mental health services, and the not-for-profit sector.  The course aims to provide a basis from which students can understand the role and contribution of social services within New Zealand society, and begin to understand the interconnectedness of these services from a systems perspective.

1. To provide an overview of the development of human services and social work in
              Aotearoa New Zealand
2. To explore the components of human services and social work activity
3. To explore the ethnicity/human services interface
4. To provide an introduction to the way in which human services contribute to the
              welfare, justice, and health systems of New Zealand.

Learning Outcomes

  • On the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the origins of human services and social work
  • Articulate the impact of service delivery on diverse populations
  • Understand the contribution of social services to New Zealand society.
  • Articulate knowledge about a range of fields of practice in New Zealand.
  • Consider the relevance of theory, legislation, international conventions, and policy
                 to the human services and social work practice.
    • 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 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 E7 Lecture Theatre 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 102 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 244 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 West 214 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
03 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 244 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
04 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 446 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Yvonne Crichton-Hill


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay Research Exercise 26 Jul 2019 15%
Bicultural Essay 22 Aug 2019 25%
Field of Practice Essay 18 Oct 2019 25%
Final Exam 35% To Be Advised

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* 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 SOWK102 Occurrences

  • SOWK102-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019