SOWK612-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Mana Motuhake, a Bicultural Analysis

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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 Te Tiriti o Waitangi in social work provision.

  • Critically examine the purpose of social work  
  • Identify and analyse principles, perspectives, and models and appropriateness to social work practice in Aotearoa 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 purpose, values, skills and knowledge in 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 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 23:30 1 May - 7 May
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 07:00 - 16:00 1 May - 7 May
Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
20 Feb - 26 Feb

Timetable Note

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


Kerri Cleaver


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Fortnightly project reporting 10%
Waitangi Tribunal written report 01 Apr 2022 40% 1500 words
Waitangi Tribunal oral submission/evidence 13 May 2022 40% On Marae
Reflection and Plan 20 May 2022 10% 1000 words

Textbooks / Resources

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $995.00

* 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 .

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