SOWK308-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Social Work Principles and Skills

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


Interpersonal communication and counselling skills are examined using a social work process framework with an emphasis on cultural and strengths perspectives. Skill development must be demonstrated and a pass obtained to progress to fieldwork placements.

The skills course is designed to identify and build the interviewing skills that are generic to any social work field of practice. Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to read about, observe, discuss and demonstrate practice skills within the framework of the social work process.

The practice skills course prepares students for the two fieldwork placements in the final year of the degree programme and is an opportunity for students to develop their interpersonal communication in relation to work with individuals, families and work in the community.

This course employs a range of teaching techniques including lecture, role plays, video work, and practice exercises. There will be homework exercises, LEARN postings and readings to complete between block courses.

Learning Outcomes

  • To identify and use the micro- skills required for work with individuals, families and in the community.
  • To provide an overview of the social work process.
  • To practice social work micro-skills using role plays.
  • To establish the role and tasks of social work through case scenarios and observation.
  • To engage with and understand ethical dimensions of practice
  • To establish links between social work theory and practice.
  • To engage with, understand and apply cultural dimensions into practice with particular reference to work with Māori and Pasifika
  • To prepare students for placements in the final year.
    • 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.


SOWK515, SOWK615


SOWK301. For students undertaking part time study, SOWK301 together with SOWK308, must be completed in the last two years of study.

Timetable Note

This course includes weekly online discussion and readings between block courses.

Course Coordinator

Jane Maidment


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Skills Course Assessment 28 May 2021 40% Video role play (15 mins) & self assessment (1500 words)
Multichoice Quizz 06 Aug 2021 20% Posted on LEARN
Live Practice Demonstration 30 Sep 2021 40% This assessment will take the form of a fifteen minute role-play interview.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Maidment, Jane , Egan, Ronnie; Practice skills in social work & welfare : more than just common sense ; Third edition; Allen & Unwin, 2016.

It is a requirement that you bring the text to all skills sessions.

Course Readings
Additional readings for skills sessions will be posted progressively on LEARN throughout the year.

Useful Information
LEARN - the Learning Management System for the University of Canterbury
This course will be using LEARN as a means to share online course information and resources (lecture and role-play scenarios, web links, and readings), and provide a space for group discussion/forums. There will be ‘homework’ role-plays, recording and readings to complete.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,570.00

International fee $7,000.00

* 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 SOWK308 Occurrences

  • SOWK308-21W (C) Whole Year 2021