Courses - Faculty of Education And Social Work


Social Work

Stage I

SOCWORK 100
30 Points

SOCWORK 100A
15 Points

SOCWORK 100B
15 Points

Ko Wai Au, Ko Wai Koe, Ko Wai Tātou?

Introduces historical and socio-political contexts, beginning with Te Ao Māori, tikanga Māori, and te Tiriti o Waitangi, that underpin analysis of a range of identities, diversities, aspirations, oppressions and cultures in contemporary Aotearoa. Fosters understanding of how one’s cultural location and intersectional experiences can shape values and attitudes, including bias and prejudice, and the impact of 'self' on professional practice.

Restriction: EDPROFM 100, SOCWORK 113

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 100 A and B, or SOCWORK 100

SOCWORK 101
30 Points

SOCWORK 101A
15 Points

SOCWORK 101B
15 Points

Social Work and Social Justice

The Treaty of Waitangi underpins social work practice in Aotearoa. Social justice and human rights are critically considered alongside an examination of historical and contextual contributors to the development of social work. An introduction to the profession and practice of social work is provided. Relationship building and communication skills are taught within a growing awareness of self.

Restriction: SOCWORK 111, 112, 115

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 101 A and B, or SOCWORK 101

SOCWORK 102
30 Points

SOCWORK 102A
15 Points

SOCWORK 102B
15 Points

He Tangata: People in Context

Te Ao Māori, ecological systems, psychological and lifespan development theories and frameworks are conceptual pillars for introducing human behaviour and experiences across the life course and the complex relationships between individuals and their social environments. Multi-dimensional aspects of human experience, identity and change are explored from a culturally conscientious, equity-oriented perspective.

Restriction: HUMSERV 101, 102

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 102 A and B, or SOCWORK 102

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 180
15 Points

Special Study

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval, and EDPROFM 100 or SOCWORK 113

SOCWORK 181
15 Points

Special Study

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval

SOCWORK 182
15 Points

Special Study

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval

SOCWORK 183
15 Points

Special Study

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval, and HUMSERV 101 or 102

Stage II

SOCWORK 200
30 Points

SOCWORK 200A
15 Points

SOCWORK 200B
15 Points

Ngā Pou for Mana-enhancing Practice

Engages students in developing a framework for social work practice that supports individual, whānau and community aspirations to ora/wellbeing and enhances individual and collective mana. Focusing centrally on whānau-family-aiga systems, and emphasising critical intersectional analyses of the inequitable impact of socio-structural factors on whānau and communities, it builds core social work knowledge and skills applicable across diverse settings and groups.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 101 and 102, or 111 and 115, or 181 or 182

Restriction: SOCCHFAM 215, SOCHLTH 231

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 200 A and B, or SOCWORK 200

SOCWORK 201
30 Points

SOCWORK 201A
15 Points

SOCWORK 201B
15 Points

Culturally Responsive Practice

An introduction to the study of the personal and professional impact of te Tiriti o Waitangi in social work practice and social workers’ obligations to bicultural and, more broadly, culturally responsive practice with Māori, Pasifika and other diverse communities. Development of critical understandings of cultural responsiveness and opportunities for experiential learning in community settings.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 100 or 30 points from EDPROFM 100, SOCWORK 113, 180

Restriction: SOCWORK 212

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 201 A and B, or SOCWORK 201

SOCWORK 202
30 Points

SOCWORK 202A
15 Points

SOCWORK 202B
15 Points

Law, Policy and Social Action

A critical exploration of the legislative and policy contexts for social work practice in Aotearoa, including the contradictions inherent between te Tiriti o Waitangi and settler capitalism, and tino rangatiratanga and the colonial doctrine of sovereignty. Exploration of social work ethics, and the challenging processes involved in working for change.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 101 or 112

Restriction: SOCWORK 211, 216

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 202 A and B, or SOCWORK 202

SOCWORK 221
30 Points

SOCWORK 221A
15 Points

SOCWORK 221B
15 Points

Social Work Theories and Skills

An exploration of theories, models and skills for bicultural social work practice with individuals and whānau in a range of settings and cultural contexts. Informed by the ANZASW Code of Ethics and the SWRB Core Competence Standards, content includes critical engagement with current literature and research guiding assessment and intervention, active skill building, and exploration of personal and professional values.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 111

Restriction: SOCWORK 213, 214

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 221 A and B, or SOCWORK 221

SOCWORK 280
15 Points

Special Study

Prerequisite: Head of Programme approval

SOCWORK 281
15 Points

Special Study

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval, and SOCCHFAM 215 or SOCHLTH 231

SOCWORK 282
15 Points

Special Study

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval

SOCWORK 283
15 Points

Special Study

Prerequisite: Programme Director approval, and SOCWORK 211 or 216

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 or 221 or 280

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 202 or 30 points from SOCWORK 211, 216, 283

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 212, 213 and 214, or 213 and 280, or 214 and 280, or 221

Corequisite: SOCWORK 311

SOCWORK 383
15 Points

Special Topic

Stage IV

SOCWORK 401
15 Points

Statutory Social Work

An examination of social work practice in statutory settings and theoretical and research-informed intervention frameworks applicable across a range of fields of service. These include family violence, child welfare, youth justice, prisons, and working with vulnerable adults. Critical investigation of questions of context, relationships, power, ethics, human rights and social justice in authoritative settings will be undertaken.

Prerequisite: SOCCHFAM 332 or 314, SOCWORK 317

Restriction: SOCWORK 701

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

Restriction: SOCWORK 714, 734, 780

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 426
15 Points

Practice with Communities

An introduction to change-oriented social work practice with communities, with particular emphasis on diverse and indigenous communities and critical analysis of current and historical factors shaping community well-being. Building their own theories of change, students learn models and skills for integrating partnerships with communities into their practice, including engagement, capacity building, community development, organising, activism, and policy advocacy.

Prerequisite: Any 60 points passed at Stage III

Restriction: SOCWORK 356, 726

SOCWORK 484
15 Points

Special Topic

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

SOCWORK 700
30 Points

Clinical Social Work - Level 9

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 701
15 Points

Statutory Social Work

An advanced examination of social work practice in statutory settings and theoretical and research-informed intervention frameworks applicable across a range of fields of service. These include family violence, child welfare, youth justice, prisons, and working with vulnerable adults. Critical investigation of questions of context, relationships, power, ethics, human rights and social justice in authoritative settings will be undertaken.

Prerequisite: SOCCHFAM 332 or 314, SOCWORK 317

Restriction: SOCWORK 401

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 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

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.

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 - Level 9

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 726
15 Points

Practice with Communities

An advanced consideration of change-oriented social work practice with communities, with particular emphasis on diverse and indigenous communities and critical analysis of current and historical factors shaping community well-being. Building their own theories of change, students learn models and skills for integrating partnerships with communities into their practice, including engagement, capacity building, community development, organising, activism, research and policy advocacy.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed at Stage III

Restriction: SOCWORK 356, 426

SOCWORK 734A
15 Points

SOCWORK 734B
15 Points

Professional Social Work Research in Practice - Level 9

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 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 780
30 Points

SOCWORK 780A
15 Points

SOCWORK 780B
15 Points

Research Project - Level 9

An integrated approach to social work research where students apply specialised practice research principles and data analysis software to existing qualitative and quantitative datasets to engage in problem definition, critical review of relevant literature, research strategies and design, generating data analysis and reporting of research findings to inform professional practice – and integrated practice research – in social work and social services.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 312

Restriction: SOCWORK 414, 714, 734

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCWORK 780A and B, or SOCWORK 780

SOCWORK 796A
60 Points

SOCWORK 796B
60 Points

Thesis - Level 9

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

SOCWORK 797A
45 Points

SOCWORK 797B
45 Points

Research Portfolio - Level 9

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

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