SOWK614-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)

Social Work Theory, Research and Practice

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


This course provides the theoretical and methodological foundation to the programme. A major component is a review and analysis of major theories and models that influence social work practice. Social work process is explored in relation to these theoretical underpinnings. Finally, practice modalities relevant to family, group and community work are considered. These studies will be integrated with methods and analysis from policy, cross-cultural and contextual perspectives.

This course provides an introduction to social work principles, alongside the critical analysis of theories, methods, and processes. It is designed to help prepare for the fieldwork practicum courses. The course includes cross-cultural learning and analysis, as well as a broad range of approaches that inform social work practice in inter-professional environments.  Other issues of relevance to social work, such as social policy considerations, will be incorporated in order to maintain awareness of their integration into practice. The course will partner the Social Work Principles and Skills course (SOWK 615), which addresses the practical application of this conceptual material.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how social work contributes to a range of welfare, health, justice, and educational services.
  • Understand the contributions that social work can make to welfare, wellbeing and social change.
  • Understand the range of perspectives that inform social work practice.
  • Understand the integrative nature of purpose, values, skills and knowledge in informing social work practice.
  • Appreciate how professional values interact with social systems to result in ethical outcomes.
  • Appreciate the role of culture in social work provision.
  • Appreciate the influence of the Treaty of Waitangi in social work provision
  • Critically understand a range of theories and models that inform practice.
  • Articulate the dynamics and transformation in families, groups, and communities.
    • 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.




SOWK615. For students undertaking part-time study, SOWK614, together with SOWK615, must be completed in the last two years of study.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 104
20 Feb - 26 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
24 Jul - 30 Jul
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
24 Jul - 30 Jul
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
25 Sep - 1 Oct
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Wheki 451
20 Feb - 26 Feb


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Reading summary 21 Mar 2022 15%
Online Quiz 02 Jun 2022 15%
Indigenous practice group presentation 28 Jul 2022 30%
Theory Practice Integration 22 Aug 2022 20%
Practice Framework Poster 03 Oct 2022 20%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no text for this course. A range of texts and readings will be referred to throughout the

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* 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 SOWK614 Occurrences

  • SOWK614-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)