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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. Goals1. To provide an overview of the development of human services and social work in Aotearoa New Zealand2. To explore the components of human services and social work activity3. To explore the ethnicity/human services interface4. To provide an introduction to the way in which human services contribute to the welfare, justice, and health systems of New Zealand.
On the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:Understand the origins of human services and social workArticulate the impact of service delivery on diverse populationsUnderstand 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.
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students
Referencing for Social Work & Humans Services
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Social Work & Human Services
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.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences.