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This course examines key principles guiding policy on the provision of social services. Trends and debates around the shifting relationship between welfare systems and the state are explored along with factors influencing the delivery of human services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Students will learn to critically assess the implications of social service delivery for providers and consumers of welfare services, and issues around the impact of inequalities in society.
At an advanced level, this course examines key principles guiding policy about the provision of social services. Trends and debates around the shifting relationship between welfare systems and the state are explored, along with a thorough analysis of factors influencing the delivery of human services. Students will learn to critically assess the implications of social service delivery for providers and consumers of welfare services, and the impact of inequalities in societies, especially New Zealand society.The purpose of the course is that students develop a refined ability to analyse contemporary social issues in a systematic way, helping equip them as future human service practitioners or policy makers to apply their understanding. The relationship between ‘private troubles’ and ‘public issues’ will inform analysis and will assist students in appreciating the forces that impact on citizens' circumstances and on service delivery. A history of social policy in Aotearoa is included in the course with emphasis on the effects of colonisation and iwi resurgence in sustaining well-being. Learning Goals:1. To introduce social policy as it has developed in Aotearoa/New Zealand2. To explore ideologies, values and beliefs that underpin current social policy debates3. To introduce policy formulation and policy process4. To analyse contemporary social issues and their social policy implications5. To consider the influence of social policy on both human service organisations and their clients
Sound grasp of social policy theories and how they inform current debatesRefined capacity to analyse and explain the complex interplay of factors that influence policy developmentAdvanced understanding of policy process and implementation in Aotearoa/New ZealandFacility to critically assess the impact of social policy on service provision
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.
30 points from HSRV101, HSRV102, HSRV103, HSRV104, SOWK101, SOWK102 and SOWK104. Students without this prerequisite but with at least 60 points in appropriate courses may enter the course with the permission of the Programme Coordinator.
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 $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* 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.