Courses - Faculty of Education And Social Work


Social Work

Foundation Courses

SOCWORK 10F
15 Points

Social Services in Aotearoa New Zealand

Introduces students to a wide range of social services organisations and examines the provision of welfare and contributions of a range of groups from 'grass roots' community organisations to government agencies.

SOCWORK 11F
15 Points

Aotearoa Society in Context

Considers the migration stories of the many peoples who make up Aotearoa New Zealand society and explores some contemporary issues and trends with particular reference to education and social services. Particular consideration will be given to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Stage I

SOCWORK 111
15 Points

Professional Communication Skills

An introduction into effective personal and professional communication in human services. An experiential and collaborative approach will be used to assist students to explore the place of self in the communication process, to understand the stages, purpose and task of the communication process, and to develop effective interaction.

SOCWORK 112
15 Points

Sociology for Human Services

Introducing the traditions of sociological analysis and its application to the human services. Key theory and theorists, the history of ideas and debates within sociology, and their relevance to practitioners' understanding of contemporary New Zealand society will be explored. A central theme is that a critical sociological imagination is essential for practitioners in social service settings.

SOCWORK 113
15 Points

Culture and Diversity

An introductory exploration of notions of culture and diversity that critically examines impacts on individuals, whānau and communities in Aotearoa. A range of cultural perspectives will lead to and encourage critical discovery of 'self' in relation to realms of difference in the context of social and human services.

SOCWORK 114
15 Points

Treaty of Waitangi in Human Services

Examines the Treaty of Waitangi and its significance in regard to historical events, trends and theories of social, economic and political change in Aotearoa New Zealand society. Explores the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi in social service delivery practice and past, present and future significance in Māori development.

Restriction: EDUCSW 101

SOCWORK 115
15 Points

The Social Work Environment

An introduction to the history and practice of social work and the wider policy environment that will be encountered while working in the profession. Examination of the roles played in the profession and familiarisation with traditions of care and policies of welfare that influence the work of social workers and social services.

Stage II

SOCWORK 211
15 Points

Social Policy Development

Explores the design and analysis required in policy advocacy and policy development. Consideration of the contexts where policy review and development occur, the procedures involved, the role and preparation of submissions outlining a case for change and the proposal for new policy, and the obligations required in policy innovation and evaluation.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 112

SOCWORK 212
15 Points

Bicultural Social Work Practice

An introduction to study of the personal and professional impact of the Treaty of Waitangi in social work practice and social workers' obligations to bicultural practice. Development of an understanding of the principles of bicultural practice and articulation of their professional stance.

SOCWORK 213
15 Points

Social Work Practice Skills

Development of the key skills of practice including: engagement, assessment, intervention, referral and evaluation. Drawing on theoretical approaches provided in SOCWORK 214 this course will develop the skills for working with clients in a variety of settings and cultural contexts. To be studied concurrently with SOCWORK 214.

Corequisite: SOCWORK 214

SOCWORK 214
15 Points

Social Work Practice Theories

An introduction to a range of theories and models of practice in social work and their application to a variety of social work settings, including an exploration of personal and professional values within the framework of relevant codes of ethics, cultural practice and the importance of professional supervision. To be studied concurrently with SOCWORK 213.

Corequisite: SOCWORK 213

SOCWORK 216
15 Points

Law and the State in Social Work

A sociological exploration of the issues presented by the legal framework that impact on social workers' mandate to practise. A critical investigation of the state's law-making functions and conflicting imperatives across a range of social work fields, including the family, justice, and mental health.

Stage III

SOCWORK 310
15 Points

Special Topic

SOCWORK 311
15 Points

Social Work Process and Practice

Students are required to integrate a defined range of approaches to practice comprising work with individuals, families and small groups. Knowledge, skills, values and ethics associated with direct practice will be extended. Students will apply the social work process of reflection and use of self in preparation for becoming a mindfully reflexive practitioner.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 214

Corequisite: SOCWORK 317

SOCWORK 312
15 Points

Applied Social Research

Social workers are reclaiming the research agenda in social work. Sound social work practice relies on evidence to inform theoretical frameworks, intervention decisions and practice evaluation. A practical introduction to the principles, theories and approaches that inform social research, with a particular emphasis on social work contexts.

SOCWORK 315
15 Points

Organisations and Management

Examines the variety of organisational frameworks from which human services are practised and the impact of these contexts on professional identity and practice in the workplace. Contemporary management approaches will be examined with reference to theory and roles and responsibilities assumed by human service managers in a complex and dynamic environment.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 211

SOCWORK 317
30 Points

Supervised Field Practice and Professional Development 1

A practicum course which focuses on developing a professional identity and a philosophy of practice that is shaped by integrating personal experience and professional knowledge, values and skills gained from the first two years of the Bachelor of Social Work programme. A significant part of this course includes a period of 12 weeks supervised agency-based practical experience for which the student will be prepared through developing individual learning goals.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 213, 214

Corequisite: SOCWORK 311

SOCWORK 353
15 Points

Counselling in Social Practice

An exploration of theories and models of practice in counselling in social services settings. Includes preparation for work with individuals and whānau in a range of settings and with clients from different social and cultural backgrounds.

SOCWORK 356
15 Points

Community Development

An in-depth examination of the historical and theoretical framework of community development and community work with reference to strategies for the development of diverse and indigenous communities. Skills, strategies and models of community work, advocacy, networking and development work are explored.

Prerequisite: Any 60 points passed at Stage II

SOCWORK 383
15 Points

Special Topic

Stage IV

SOCWORK 411
15 Points

Social Work Interventions for Best Practice

An in-depth examination of contemporary issues in social work practice, focusing on evidence-based practice and intervention skills that have direct application to complex practice situations.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 311, 317

Restriction: SOCWORK 711, 712

SOCWORK 413
15 Points

The Social Work Discourse

The application of sociological analysis to consideration of the role and characteristics of social work practice. An exploration of the professional discourse is framed and how major social trends impact on that discourse in practice and the public domain.

Restriction: SOCWORK 713

SOCWORK 414
15 Points

Research and Evaluation in Social Practice

An exploration of relevant social work research literature and approaches to data analysis, and the undertaking of a research project. Develops confidence and skills in the application of practice research principles, problem definition, critical review of relevant literature and analysis of existing qualitative data to inform professional practice in social work and social services.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 312, 317

Restriction: SOCWORK 714, 734

SOCWORK 415
30 Points

Supervised Field Practice and Professional Development 2

An advanced practicum course which provides an exposition of the relationship between critical reflection, professional supervision and ethical practice to the knowledge, skills and practice experience of the social work profession. A period of 16 weeks supervised agency-based practical experience is included in this course that builds on participant knowledge and skills.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 317

Restriction: SOCWORK 715

SOCWORK 416
45 Points

Professional Practice Project

A student directed project intended to develop a field of proficiency applicable to current or future professional interests. The project will involve research investigation, critical reflection and analysis, evaluation, and the preparation of resources or development of new practice. On completion students will showcase their project in a verbal presentation.

SOCWORK 484
15 Points

Special Topic

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

SOCWORK 700
30 Points

Clinical Social Work

Examines the area of clinical social work practice within the Aotearoa New Zealand context. Content will include a range of theoretical approaches to clinical practice. Theories will include Cognitive Behavioural theory, Narrative theory and Solution-Focused methods. There will be a strong focus on the use of clinical theories when working with Tangata whenua or when working across cultures. Individual, whānau/family, and group work methods will be explored.

SOCWORK 702
30 Points

Social Work with Older People

Critically explores advanced research, theories and practice of social work with older people from an ecological systems perspective. Content will examine opportunities and challenges presented as people live longer and develop the contributions of social work and social policy to positive aging strategies. Consideration will be given to the bicultural and diverse contexts of practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

SOCWORK 711
15 Points

Social Work Interventions for Best Practice

An in-depth examination of contemporary developments in social work practice, with an emphasis on the employment of evidence-informed interventions that have direct application to complex practice situations.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 311, 317

Restriction: SOCWORK 411, 712

SOCWORK 712
15 Points

Social Work in Statutory Settings

An advanced examination of fields of practice in statutory social work. Will include areas such as family violence, child welfare, disability, health, mental health, and working with vulnerable adults. A critical investigation of context, relationships, power, ethics, interventions and best practice in these settings will be undertaken.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 721, 722, 723, 724 and 725

Restriction: SOCWORK 411, 711

SOCWORK 713
15 Points

The Social Work Discourse

A critical analysis of contemporary social work practice, utilising sociological perspectives and contemporary social theory. An in-depth exploration of how the professional discourse of social work is framed and how major social trends impact on that discourse in practice and the public domain.

Restriction: SOCWORK 413

SOCWORK 714A
22.5 Points

SOCWORK 714B
22.5 Points

Social Work Honours Research Project

An integrated approach to social work research using a range of research strategies. Students apply research and practice principles to existing qualitative and quantitative datasets to engage in problem definition, critical review of relevant literature, research strategies and design, data analysis and reporting of research findings to inform professional practice in social work and social services.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 312, 317

Restriction: SOCWORK 414, 734

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 714 A and B

SOCWORK 715
30 Points

Supervised Field Practice and Professional Development

An advanced practicum course which includes a critical interrogation of the relationships between critical reflection, professional supervision and ethics and their application to professional social work practice. This course includes a minimum of 65 days supervised agency-based practical experience, building on the knowledge and skills gained in the first practicum and subsequent coursework.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 317

Restriction: SOCWORK 415

SOCWORK 718
30 Points

SOCWORK 718A
15 Points

SOCWORK 718B
15 Points

Applied Research in Social Services

Examines the role of applied research within professional practice. An in-depth examination of research methods, traditions and techniques particularly used in analysing, evaluating and auditing social service programmes and practices. Aims to enhance and develop the knowledge and understanding of students with regard to the nature and application of a broad range of research methods, the role of theory, ethics and politics in research and in developing a research proposal.

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 718 A and B, or SOCWORK 718

SOCWORK 719
30 Points

Special Study

SOCWORK 721A
15 Points

SOCWORK 721B
15 Points

Theories and Skills in Social Work Practice

An in-depth examination of theoretical perspectives, skills and approaches in social work practice related to interpersonal work with individuals, families and groups living through challenging situations. Content will include a critical engagement with contemporary literature and the examination of evidence-informed interventions and critically reflective strategies that help guide professional practice in collaborative and safe environments.

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 721 A and B

SOCWORK 722
30 Points

Developing Social Work Professional Identity

Examines contemporary and historical social work cultural identity, language and discourse as a global profession. Socialisation to the profession and its values is explored through a defined range of practice fields, premised on a human rights and social justice framework. Systemic models of practice are reviewed. Inter-professional practice, professional ethics, anti-oppressive and bicultural practice and registration are analysed in the New Zealand setting.

SOCWORK 723
15 Points

Social Work in the New Zealand Context

Examines the history, policy, law, social patterns, trends and issues that contribute to the working environment for bicultural social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Content will encourage an understanding of the organisational, statutory and community context of social services, professional practice and the reflective social worker operating in settings that can be examined, challenged and changed.

SOCWORK 724
15 Points

Applied Social Work Research Methods

Consolidates critical awareness of the role of research and knowledge in a specialised field of social work practice, leading to the development of an independent research proposal. Develops advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature and application of a range of applied research methods and traditions, ethics, and the role of theory in research and practice.

SOCWORK 725
30 Points

Supervised Field Placement I

A first practicum course which focuses on developing a professional identity and a philosophy of practice that is shaped by integrating personal experience and professional knowledge, values and skills. A significant part of this course includes a period of a minimum of 50 days of supervised agency-based practical experience for which the student will be prepared through developing individual learning goals.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 722, 723

Corequisite: SOCWORK 721, 724

SOCWORK 734A
15 Points

SOCWORK 734B
15 Points

Professional Social Work Research in Practice

An independent, applied research-based project relating to an aspect of social work practice and undertaken in a practice context. Students will gather and critically analyse authentic data using appropriate research strategies and ethical practice principles, and produce a substantial research report.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 721-725

Restriction: SOCWORK 414, 714

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 734 A and B

SOCWORK 735
30 Points

Supervised Field Placement II

An advanced practicum course which includes a critical interrogation of the relationships between critical reflection, professional supervision and ethics and their application to professional social work practice. Includes a minimum of 70 days supervised agency-based practical experience, building on the knowledge and skills gained in the first practicum and concurrent coursework.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 721-725

SOCWORK 739
15 Points

Integration Portfolio

An integrative summary with critical reflection on student development as a social work practitioner. The portfolio demonstrates an understanding of the student's professional and skills development within the context of their academic programme and practice learning.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 721-725

SOCWORK 757
30 Points

Policy Appraisal and Innovation in Human Services

Enables students to assess the construction and performance of policy in fields of social and human service practice. Explores contemporary policy, comparative policy analysis, research-led policy development, programme monitoring and evaluation. Examines practitioner responsibility for policy appraisal to enable practitioners to become conversant with policy innovation and change in professional settings.

SOCWORK 758
30 Points

Special Topic

SOCWORK 759
15 Points

Special Topic

SOCWORK 796A
60 Points

SOCWORK 796B
60 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 796 A and B

SOCWORK 797A
45 Points

SOCWORK 797B
45 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 797 A and B

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