SOWK612-17S1 (D) Semester One 2017 (Distance)

Mana Motuhake, a Bicultural Analysis

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


This course provides a critical analysis of culture, diversity and contemporary debates within Aotearoa New Zealand society. There is a focus on racial diversity and the part that the Treaty of Waitangi plays in developing biculturalism as a precursor to multiculturalism.

Course Goals:
Critically examine the purpose of social work.
•  Identify and analyze principles, perspectives, and models of appropriateness to social work practice in New Zealand.
•  Critically consider the impact of context on social work policy and practice.
•  Identify and explore skill sets for social work practice
•  Investigate social work processes
•  Compare and contrast key knowledge bases for social work
•  Explore the integration of purposes, values, skills and knowledge in social work
•  Examine domains of difference and diversity and explore how these factors impact5 on social work practice.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Understanding of how social work contributes to a range of welfare, health, justice and educational services.
2.  Understanding of the contributions that social work can make to welfare, wellbeing and social change.
3.  Understanding of a range of perspectives that inform social work practice.
4.  Understanding of the integrative nature of purpose, values, skills and knowledge in informing social work practice.
5.  Appreciation of how professional values interact with social systems to result in ethical outcomes.
6.  Appreciation of the role of culture in social work provision.
7.  Appreciation of the influence of the Treaty of Waitangi in social work provision
8.  Critically-based understanding of a range of theories and models that inform practice.
9.  Awareness of dynamics and transformation in families, groups and communities.
10. Knowledge and skills that enable students:
     -  To establish effective relationships with help-seekers and those who are referred for assistance
     -  To assess factors contributing to presenting problems
     -  To plan appropriate ways both to work with persons and to address identified issues
     -  To implement an intervention plan in conjunction with clients and other significant persons and services
     -  To bring professional involvement to an appropriate and effective end


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.



Timetable Note

Friday the 13th of May will be spent at Rehua Marae.  Attendance is compulsory.

Course Coordinator

Yvonne Crichton-Hill


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Issue Definition 18 Feb 2015 10%
Mihi 10 May 2016 10%
Presentation 13 May 2016 20%
Project 27 May 2016 50% Consisting of: Project write up (30%), Self reflection (10%), Peer team review (10%)
Fortnightly Project Reporting 10% Ongoing March to May

Textbooks / Resources

Throughout the course readings and resources will be uploaded to the University of Canterbury SOWK612 LEARN site.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $888.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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