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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.
Understand the origins of human services and social work.Articulate the impact of service delivery on Māori and/or diverse populations.Understand the contribution of social services to Aotearoa New Zealand society.Articulate knowledge about a range of fields of practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.Consider the relevance of theory, legislation, international conventions, and policy to the human services and social work practice.GoalsTo provide an overview of the development of human services and social work in Aotearoa New Zealand.To explore the components of human services and social work activity.To explore the ethnicity/human services interface.To provide an introduction to the way in which human services contribute to the welfare, justice, and health systems of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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.
There is no textbook for this course. Readings relevant to the course will be placed on AKO|LEARN
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* 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.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences