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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.
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.GoalsTo 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.
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Friday the 14th of May will be spent at a local Marae. Attendance is compulsory.
Throughout the course readings and resources will be uploaded to the University of Canterbury SOWK304 LEARN site. There is no textbook for the course
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students
Referencing for Social Work & Humans Services
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Social Work & Human Services
Mihi: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.
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.