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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.
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.GoalsIdentify and analyse principles, perspectives, and models and appropriateness to social work practice in New ZealandCritically consider the impact of context on social work policy and practiceIdentify and explore skill sets for social work policy and practiceInvestigate social work processesCompare and contrast key knowledge bases for social workExamine domains of difference and diversity and explore how these factors impact on social work practice
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.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
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 SOWK612 LEARN site.
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.
Domestic fee $952.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences