SOWK102-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Social Services in Aotearoa

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 005
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 315
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
04 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 315
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Gretchen Perry

Guest Lecturer

Antony Nihoniho


Daniel Hay


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tutorial Participation 10% To be eligible for full participation marks, students need to attend a minimum of six tutorials and submit an adequately completed activity sheet at the end of that tutorial.
Multi-Choice 30% one-hour multiple-choice tests with 30 questions. In exam time.
Multi-Choice 25 Aug 2021 30% One-hour multiple-choice tests with 30 questions.
Biculturalism Essay 26 Sep 2021 30% 1500 words (references not included)

Textbooks / Resources

There is no text book for the course.  Readings relevant to the course will be placed on LEARN.

Indicative Fees

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.

All SOWK102 Occurrences

  • SOWK102-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • SOWK102-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)