SOWK203-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)

Policy Debates in the Social Services

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


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Sound grasp of social policy theories and how they inform current debates
  • Refined capacity to analyse and explain the complex interplay of factors that influence policy development
  • Advanced understanding of policy process and implementation in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Facility to critically assess the impact of social policy on service provision


Any 15 points at 100 level from HSRV or SOWK, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or
from the Schedule C to the BSW(Hons).


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Raewyn Tudor

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

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.

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 SOWK203 Occurrences

  • SOWK203-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • SOWK203-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)