SOWK304-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Indigenous 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 draws together considerations for effective social work practice in New Zealand's bi-cultural society. It also considers issues of cultural identity, ethnic relations, power and control as the basis for cross-cultural work with ethnic minorities, settler communities and refugees. One or more marae-based hui are a course requirement.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Have developed an informed and critical approach to bicultural relationships in Aotearoa.
  •  Understand the institutions of whanau, hapu and iwi and apply this knowledge to the human services.
  •  Integrate tikanga Maori and te reo skills
  •  Understand marae protocol and expectations in a range of informal and formal settings.


  • To develop an understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand as a Treaty-based society.
  • To develop increased awareness, knowledge and skill in working with whanau, hapu, iwi and other Māori communities at policy and practice levels.
  • To learn correct protocols for meeting with Māori in both informal and formal settings.
    • 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.



Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 16:00 10 May - 16 May
Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 16:00 Undercroft 101 22 Feb - 28 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
10 May - 16 May

Timetable Note

Friday the 14th of May will be spent at a local Marae.  Attendance is compulsory.

Course Coordinator

Raewyn Tudor


Teena Henderson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Issue definition essay 26 Mar 2021 40% 1500 words excl references
Mihi 10 May 2021 10% During the wananga students will be expected to learn a basic mihi and practice this throughout the course.
Presentation 13 May 2021 40% Each group will record and upload a presentation on LEARN on the issue they have selected. Each student will present for 5 minutes (+/- 1 minute).
Reporting 11 Mar 2021 10% Groups will report each fortnight on their progress with the project on the LEARN discussion forum. 11 March, 01 April, 07 May and 04 June (Four times during the course)

Textbooks / Resources

Throughout the course readings and resources will be uploaded to the University of Canterbury SOWK304 LEARN site.  There is no textbook for the course

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

During the first wananga class students will be expected to learn a basic mihi and will have the opportunity to practise this throughout the course.

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 SOWK304 Occurrences

  • SOWK304-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021