Bachelor of Social Work Year Three Course Outlines

SOWK7311: Social Work Policy and Law

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK7312, SOWK7313, SOWK7314
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 and Year 2 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aim: This course examines social policy as a decision-making process, along with the legislative frameworks which impose specific requirements on social work practitioners. Students examine social work related legislation and the implications for social work. Alongside this students continue to develop critical judgement in preparation for their professional social work careers.


SOWK7312: Social Work Policy and Practice

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK7311, SOWK7313, SOWK7314
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 and Year 2 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aim: The purpose of this course is to examine contemporary policy initiatives: social, economic, political and cultural, that contribute to the context of social work provision in Aotearoa New Zealand. Students analyses and discusses pieces of policy that arise from this context, theoretical influences, and the challenges for social service providers, their communities, and their workers, in particular Māori and Pacific.


SOWK7313: Research Methodologies, Methods and Evidence

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK7311, SOWK7312, SOWK7314
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 and Year 2 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 75
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 75
Aim: This course extends students’ knowledge and familiarity with research resources, how to access and use these resources to analyse generate solutions to unfamiliar and sometimes complex problems within social work practice. This prepares students for different pathways of inquiry, using approved ethical practices.


SOWK7314: Social Work Praxis

Semester: One
Co-requisites: SOWK7311, SOWK7312, SOWK7313
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 and Year 2 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aim: The purpose of this course is for students to apply processes and tools of self-examination and integrative practices of theory and action. Students examine and apply social work theories on different practice situations and contexts.


SOWK7321: Field Placement Skills 1

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: Nil
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 and Year 2 courses, all Year 3 Semester 1 courses
Credit Value: 15
Level: 7
Formal Hours: 70
Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80
Aim: This course prepares students for their first supervised fieldwork practice by orientating them to various placement processes and key roles and responsibilities, and participating in role plays to demonstrate and hone their practice skills.


SOWK7322: Field Placement 1

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: Nil
Pre-requisites: All Year 1 and Year 2 courses, all Year 3 Semester 1 courses, SOWK7321
Credit Points: 45
Level: 7
Fieldwork Hours: 450 (60 days)
Aim: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a supervised field practice experience in which they situate theories, concepts, communication and ethical skills learned in the classroom, and develop and apply their practice knowledge through observing and participating in the social work process. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the social worker identity/whakapapa expands to one of principles and practices of safety

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