SOWK612-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)

Mana Motuhake, a Bicultural Analysis

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 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of how social work contributes to a range of welfare, health, justice and educational services.
  • Understanding of the contributions that social work can make to welfare, wellbeing and social change.
  • Critically analyse the role of culture in social work provision.
  • Critically analyse the influence of the Treaty of Waitangi tikanga in social work provision.


  • Identify and analyse principles, perspectives, and models and 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 policy and practice
  • Investigate social work processes
  • Compare and contrast key knowledge bases for social work
  • Examine domains of difference and diversity and explore how these factors impact on social work practice
    • 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.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.



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 30% 1500 words excl references
Mihimihi 10 May 2021 10% During the wananga students will be expected to learn a basic mihi and will practice this throughout the course.
Presentation 13 May 2021 30% 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).
Critical Reflection 03 Jun 2021 20% 1500 words excl references
Reporting 10% Due fornightly 11 March, 01 April, 07 May and 04 June

Textbooks / Resources

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

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.  During the second wananga class your mihi will be assessed.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $952.00

* 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 SOWK612 Occurrences

  • SOWK612-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)