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.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Critically explore key policies related to specific social work legislation. Critically examine, discuss and apply the relevant legislation to particular case studies in social work practice



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. The student 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.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Critically examine policies that inform and guide social service provision in the community.

2. Undertake the processes of policy analysis.

3. Critique a set piece of policy in terms of its strategic contribution to national policy and its impact within a specific community



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.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and beginning application of applied community research within the social work context.

2. Demonstrate the application of ethical research processes of inquiry and consent. Critically evaluate and select appropriate research methodologies and methods.



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.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Analyse and discuss theory informed knowledge and its implications for practice.

2. Demonstrate critical understanding of, and associated core practices of Community Work and Community.

3. Critically discuss the application of social work theories on different practice situations and contexts 4. Critically evaluate the application of 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 the student 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.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Apply what was learned in the classroom within a practice setting using planned learning goals.

2. Demonstrate application and critique of the social work process.

3. Critically analyse current models of social work practice and the various contexts they are applied in.

4. Critically appraise the role of supervision for the social work student in a field placement.

5. Demonstrate integration and application of the SWRB Core Competence Standards to their practice.



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. The student’s knowledge and understanding of the social worker identity/whakapapa expands to one of principles and practices of safety.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the student will have been assessed by the Field Placement Supervisor and the Field Practice Leader as having completed their first supervised field placement. Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of social workers and the policies that guide social work practice.

2. Demonstrate, under supervision, the application of and critical reflection on social work process.

3. Demonstrate self-awareness and a developing identity as a social worker.

4. Demonstrate, under supervision, an understanding of safe social work practice.

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