Bachelor of Social Work Year Two Course Outlines

SOWK6311: Introduction to Sociology

Semester: One

Co-requisites: SOWK6312, SOWK6313, SOWK6314

Pre-requisites: All Year 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 6

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

Sociology, the study of societies, is an important lens through which to view and understand explanations of society and how society affects the way people live their lives. This course explores sociology from the micro-level of face-to-face interaction to the macro level of societies, sociological theories explain how societal structures and systems affect its members.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Examine theorists, key concepts, theories and approaches of sociology used to inform our understanding of society.

2. Apply and interpret different sociological concepts, theories and approaches to various social contexts e.g. inequality, globalisation, sexuality.

3. Explore and discuss the application of a sociological thought on a contemporary social work issue.




SOWK6312: Human Development

Semester: One

Co-requisites: SOWK6311, SOWK6313, SOWK6314

Pre-requisites: All Year 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 6

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to human development within the context of their social work practice with others.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Recognise and differentiate between different human development theories and their influences on social work practice and knowledge.

2. Discuss the advantages of using non-Western human development theories when working with diverse communities.

3. Outline the factors and contexts of human development that contribute to resilience.




SOWK6313: Research and the Community

Semester: One

Co-requisites: SOWK6311, SOWK6312, SOWK6314

Pre-requisites: All Year 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 6

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

Research that informs and shapes knowledge of a community increases the opportunities and choices for the community’s development. This course introduces students to research as a process of inquiry and community empowerment, to the development of information literacy skills and an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a cornerstone of research influence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Examine different purposes of research within communities.

2. Develop and demonstrate skills in information literacy specific to undertaking research.

3. Select appropriate approaches for reporting research to a specific community.

4. Demonstrate ability to practice ethically while upholding the values and beliefs of social work practice within an Aotearoa New Zealand context.




SOWK6314: Social Work Skills 1

Semester: One

Co-requisites: SOWK6311, SOWK6312, SOWK6313

Pre-requisites: All Year 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 6

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

The purpose of this course is to introduce and develop students’ knowledge of skills and information required for social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand through the exploration of key components of social work identity and practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Explore and discuss how the social worker’s different and similar values and beliefs can impact the people they work with.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose(s) and implementation of the social work process

3. Demonstrate application of appropriate communication and information collection skills that support the social work process.

4. Assess and argue the benefits of the ANZASW Social Work Practice Standards


 


SOWK6321: Introduction to Psychology

Semester: Two

Co-requisites: SOWK6322, SOWK6323, SOWK6324

Pre-requisites: All Year 1 courses, all Year 2 semester 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 6

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

This course introduces students to psychology, as a study of people, and how psychology informs and influences our understanding of human beings, human society, knowledge and peoples’ practices.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Examine theorists, key concepts, theories and approaches of psychology used to inform our understanding of society.

2. Apply and interpret different psychological concepts, theories and perspectives to various social work situations and discuss counter theories to the same.

3. Explore the application of a psychological approach on a contemporary issue.




SOWK6322: New Zealand Government

Semester: Two

Co-requisites: SOWK6321, SOWK6323, SOWK6324

Pre-requisites: All Year 1 courses, all Year 2 semester 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 6

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

This course enables students to examine and build their knowledge of the New Zealand government as a singular entity of authority and the various forms of expressions of that authority and its influence on social services.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand New Zealand’s system of government and political process.

2. Explore how laws are made in Aotearoa New Zealand.

3. Examine how social issues relate to and influence the role of government and law-making



SOWK6323: Research Methods

Semester: Two

Co-requisites: SOWK6321, SOWK6322, SOWK6324

Pre-requisites: All Year 1 courses, all Year 2 semester 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 6

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to social science research methods and the relationship between different perspectives of knowledge, approaches to research, the findings they impute and the implications for social work practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Explain the purposes for qualitative and quantitative inquiry and research.

2. Explore research methods and their application to social work research.

3. Discuss and evaluate evidential aspects of research. 4. Analyse, interpret, and organise information relevant to research.



SOWK6324: Social Work Skills 2

Semester: Two

Co-requisites: SOWK6321, SOWK6322, SOWK6323

Pre-requisites: All Year 1 courses, all Year 2 semester 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 6

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

This course introduces the student to the social work process at a beginning practice level, within a safe simulated environment. Through facilitated learning the student develops understanding of social work process as a transparent and measured approach to working with clients.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Explore the social work process.

2. Explain and apply ethical and professional boundaries.

3. Demonstrate appropriate communication styles to different audiences.

4. Apply and evaluate recording and case note procedures that support the social work process and transparent social work practice with clients.

5. Demonstrate application of reflective practices that support social worker practices.

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