SOWK624-21W (D) Whole Year 2021 (Distance)

Social Policy Theory and Practice Integration

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


This is a two-part course. In part one, policy theory is considered and policy development examined. Particular emphasis is given to a thorough appreciation of key policy concepts and their application in an Aotearoa New Zealand setting. Alongside this, fieldwork practice experiences are critically examined in practice labs, reinforcing the importance of the theory/practice interface and highlighting a practice awareness of diverse client populations. Part two of the course advances this theory/practice mode of learning. Using a policy orientation, particular emphasis is given to the interrelationship of power dynamics, policy development and implementation, as well as exploring strategies for effecting change. Teaching emphasises reflective and reflexive leaning strategies as internship experiences are contemplated and considered in relation to internship experience in an iterative fashion.

This course involves the advanced study of social work practice with different client systems, building on the generic framework for social work practice developed in the principles and practice course (SOWK301/614).

The relationship between theory and practice is the key component in this course which will focus on the notion of integration. It is critical that students who undertake social work are able to articulate the way different forms of knowledge interface with practice at the micro, meso and macro levels of activity.

Social work research and teaching practice continue to evolve in response to emergent trends and are reflected in the issues encountered in the field. Research informs practice and practice, in turn, informs teaching as the various functions within the social work enterprise become part of a cyclical response to competent practice. This course is about examining contemporary social issues encountered on placement through the lens of integration.

Learning Outcomes

  • A demonstrated capacity to integrate a range of knowledge and principles to respond to social work issues
  • A demonstrated capacity to integrate knowledge from all SOWK curriculum areas with practice experiences encountered in the field
  • A  demonstrated capacity to formulate well-reasoned responses based on research informed, social work theory and principles in a manner that is sensitive to the human context
  • To demonstrate the skills of interpersonal reasoning and negotiating in relation to case-based material and research endeavours
  • To demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain purposeful and effective working relationships across professional teams, organisations, and communities.
  • To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical principles as they apply to all matters pertaining to social work practice

  • To reinforce the importance of the theory/practice interface, and to encourage coherent linking between practicum and academic sites of learning
  • To highlight practice awareness of, and sensitivity to, diverse client populations
  • To encourage an approach to student learning based on reflective participation
  • To encourage research informed development of practice


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 121
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Jane Maidment


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Learning Incident Analysis 01 Apr 2021 25% 1500 words maximum
Narrated Powerpoint 19 Jul 2021 35% Case Presentation of 15 minutes maximum
Journal Article 17 Sep 2021 40% 5,000 words maximum

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Androff, David K; Practicing rights : human rights-based approaches to social work practice ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.

Beddoe, Elizabeth. , Maidment, Jane; Mapping knowledge for social work practice critical intersections ; 1st ed; Cengage Learning, 2009.

Beddoe, Liz; Challenges in professional supervision : current themes and models for practice ; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.

Cheyne, Christine. , O'Brien, Mike, Belgrave, Michael; Social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand : a critical introduction ; 3rd ed; Oxford University Press, 2004.

Connolly, Marie , Harms, Louise, Maidment, Jane; Social work : contexts and practice ; Fourth Edition; Oxford University Press, 2017.

Maidment, Jane , Beddoe, Liz; Social policy for social work and human services in Aotearoa New Zealand : diverse perspectives ; Canterbury University Press, 2016.

Munford, Robyn. et al; Social work theories in action ; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005.

New Zealand. , Rangihau, John Te Rangi-Aniwaniwa; Puao-te-ata-tu = Day break : the report of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on a Maori perspective for the Department of Social Welfare ; Govt. Print., 2001.

There is no set text for this course. Readings for this course will be uploaded on a weekly basis. The following books are all in the library and are relevant to topics covered on the course. Digital article resources that can be accessed from the library databases will provide the most up to date literature on topics covered.

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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 40

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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