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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.
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.
Any 15 points at 100 level from HSRV orSOWK, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, orfrom the Schedule C to the BSW(Hons).
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Maidment, Jane , Beddoe, Liz;
Social policy for social work and human services in Aotearoa New Zealand : diverse perspectives
Canterbury University Press, 2016.
Apart from the course texts all course readings and references will be made available on LEARN alongside content material. Please ensure you regularly check your LEARN page for updates.
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