Bachelor of Social Work Year One Course Outlines

SOWK5311: Aotearoa New Zealand Society and Culture

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK5312, SOWK5313,SOWK5314
Pre-requisites: Nil
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aims: This course builds students' technical knowledge of the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, acknowledging its broader Pacific-Oceania origins and later settlement experiences. The concepts of society and culture and accounts of colonisation, nationhood, indigeneity and globalisation are introduced and discussed. Finally, contemporary and local issues of te Tiriti o Waitangi, and what and how Māori communities and Pacific communities evolve, are examined within the widened
understanding of the historical experiences of this country.


SOWK5312: Te Reo Māori and Tikanga

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK5311, SOWK5313, SOWK5314
Pre-requisites: Nil
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aims: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to oral and written Māori language. The course includes comprehension, translation and grammar with emphasis placed on pronunciation and oral presentation. This is strengthened through awareness and experiences of Ngāti Toa Rangatira tikanga especially regarding pōwhiri, whakatau and powaiwai. Other iwi and their tikanga are also examined.


SOWK5313: Health Literacy

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK5311, SOWK5312, SOWK5314
Pre-requisites: Nil
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aims: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic health information and services to make informed and appropriate health decisions.


SOWK5314: Services in the Community

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK5311, SOWK5312, SOWK5313
Pre-requisites: Nil
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aims: The purpose of this course is to develop students’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of
services:

  • Health
  • Community
  • Social
  • Culture
  • Introduction to fields of social work

SOWK5321: Aotearoa New Zealand Society and Te Tiriti o Waitangi Responsibilities

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: SOWK5322, SOWK5323, SOWK5324
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 Semester 1 courses
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aims: This course builds students technical knowledge of the history of Aotearoa New Zealand prior to the European settlement phase of the late 1790s to today. It places te Tiriti o Waitangi at the centre of its chronological account of this country’s history and develops a critical appreciation of the roles and responsibilities placed on individuals (both Māori and non Māori), communities and professions to uphold te Tiriti.


SOWK5322: Pacific Peoples and their Protocols

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: SOWK5321, SOWK5323, SOWK5324
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 Semester 1 courses
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aims: This course has two parts. The first is an introductory oral and written Samoan and Cook Islands Māori languages. The course includes comprehension, translation and grammar with emphasis placed on pronunciation and oral presentation. This is strengthened through awareness and experiences of Samoan and Cook Islands protocols especially regarding formal welcomes, farewells and Porirua Pacific communities’ practices. Other Pacific islands protocols are also examined.


SOWK5323: Financial Literacy

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: SOWK5321, SOWK5322, SOWK5324
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 Semester 1 course
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aims: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to understand basic financial information and services to make informed and appropriate financial decisions that can be shared with others.


SOWK5324: Community Service Project

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: SOWK5321, SOWK5322, SOWK5323
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 Semester 1 courses
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aims: The purpose of this course is to provide a structured opportunity for students to plan, negotiate and experience the services in their community.

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