SOWK301-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Theory, Methods and Integration

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 provision
  • Critically understand a range of theories and models that inform practice.
  • Articulate the dynamics and transformation in families, groups, and communities
  • Develop knowledge and skills that enable students to:
    1. establish effective relationships with help-seekers and those who are referred for assistance
        assess factors contributing to presenting problems
    2. plan appropriate ways both to work with persons and to address identified issues
    3. implement an intervention plan in conjunction with clients and other significant persons and services
    4. bring professional involvement to an appropriate and effective end.
    • 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 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.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
20 Feb - 26 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
24 Jul - 30 Jul
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
24 Jul - 30 Jul
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
25 Sep - 1 Oct
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Undercroft 101
20 Feb - 26 Feb


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Mini Theory Assessment 31 Mar 2023 10%
Mini Theory Assignment 12 May 2023 10%
Online Quiz 31 May 2023 10%
Purakau 25 Jul 2023 30%
Practice Framework Recording 25 Aug 2023 10%
Panel Assessment 30 Oct 2023 30%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no text for this course. A range of texts and readings will be referred to throughout the

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 40

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SOWK301 Occurrences

  • SOWK301-23W (C) Whole Year 2023