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This courses provides the theoretical and methodological foundation to the programme. A major component is a review and analysis of major theories and models that influence social work practice. Social work process is explored in relation to these theoretical underpinnings. Finally, practice modalities relevant to family, group and community work are considered. These studies will be integrated with methods and analysis from policy, cross-cultural and contextual perspectives.
This course provides an introduction to social work principles, alongside the critical analysis of theories, methods, and processes. It is designed to help prepare for the fieldwork practicum courses. The course includes cross-cultural learning and analysis, as well as a broad range of approaches that inform social work practice in inter-professional environments. Other issues of relevance to social work, such as social policy considerations, will be incorporated in order to maintain awareness of their integration into practice. The course will partner the Social Work Principles and Skills course (SOWK 308), which addresses the practical application of this conceptual material.
Understand how social work contributes to a range of welfare, health, justice, and educational services.Understand the contributions that social work can make to welfare, wellbeing and social change.Understand the range of perspectives that inform social work practice.Understand the integrative nature of purpose, values, skills and knowledge in informing social work practice.Appreciate how professional values interact with social systems to result in ethical outcomes.Appreciate the role of culture in social work provision.Appreciate the influence of the Treaty of Waitangi in social work provisionCritically understand a range of theories and models that inform practice.Articulate the dynamics and transformation in families, groups, and communities.
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 240 points at 100 and 200 level from the Schedule C and E of the BSW(Hons). Head of Department approval mandatory.
SOWK308. For students undertaking part-time study, SOWK301, together with SOWK308, must be completed in the last two years of study.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Harms, Louise , Connolly, Marie, Andrews, Shawana;
Social work : from theory to practice
Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Modern social work theory
Macmillan Education, 2020.
Payne, Malcolm , Reith-Hall, Emma;
The Routledge handbook of social work theory
There is no text for this course. A range of texts and readings will be referred to throughout thecourse.
Domestic fee $1,597.00
International fee $7,200.00
* 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.
Maximum enrolment is 40
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Language, Social and Political Sciences