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This course will include substantive content on communicating across the life course, communication for practice with Maori, communication for working with diverse communities, communication for advocacy, professional communication (legal and ethical), documenting for practice, and working in groups (teamwork). This course is an introduction to aspects of professional communication in a practice/workplace environment. Common communication dynamics associated with teamwork, breaking bad news, addressing conflict, and macro advocacy will be explored. The course utilises a blended learning format.
An understanding of skills used for communication across the life course and in professional contexts.An understanding of factors that influence interpersonal communicationDeveloped awareness of ways to engage with Māori using indigenous frameworks in a practice context.Explored how to communicate cross-culturally with diverse communities including, but not limited to, Pasifika communities, people with disabilities, and children and older persons.Developed knowledge and skills of micro and meso communication for advocacy.Developed an understanding of the professional, legal and ethical standards for communication in practice.
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 or BC, orfrom Schedule C to the BSW(Hons).
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Throughout the course readings and resources will be uploaded to the University of Canterbury SOWK206 LEARN site.
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.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences