SOWK206-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Communication for Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of skills used for communication across the life course and in professional contexts.
  • An understanding of factors that influence interpersonal communication
  • Developed 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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.

      Globally aware

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


HSRV201, SOWK201

Course Coordinators

Jane Maidment and Raewyn Tudor


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Communication Reflection Exercise 31 Mar 2021 30% 1800 words including references
Utilising observation 10 May 2021 35% 1500 words including references
Critical analysis and advocacy plan 03 Jun 2021 35% 2500 words including references

Textbooks / Resources

Throughout the course readings and resources will be uploaded to the University of Canterbury SOWK206 LEARN site.

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 SOWK206 Occurrences

  • SOWK206-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021