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SOWK410 Special Topic: Care and Protection

Special topic considering an advanced case study in Social Work practice.

Aotearoa New Zealand has among the highest incidence of child abuse and neglect among OECD countries. The Government's White Paper on Vulnerable Children (2012) highlighted the need for significant improvement in terms of identifying vulnerable children and facilitating effective intervention at the earliest opportunity. Care and protection of vulnerable children and adults is an integral element of practice in many fields of social work. Feedback from employers in both statutory services and the non-government sector indicates that social work graduates are not adequately prepared for this work. Social Workers have a critical role and need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills that enable them to be effective practitioners. This paper is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and enhanced skills in care and protection work. The focus will primarily be on children but reference will also be made to the application of this knowledge to practice with vulnerable adults.

Paper title Special Topic: Care and Protection
Paper code SOWK410
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,224.58
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,050.81

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Restriction
SOWX 410
Limited to
BSW, MA
Schedule C
Consumer and Applied Science
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Nicola Atwool
Paper Structure
The integration of knowledge, values and skills will provide the focus for this paper and students will be expected to apply critical thinking in the development of their practice knowledge. Cultural understanding is an integral part of intervention and will be addressed along with the ethical issues that are inherent in this sensitive area of practice. The material provided in lectures will be applied to case studies to provide students with the opportunity to explore the way that knowledge, skill and values interact to inform assessment, intervention and decision-making. In the final assignment students will be required to demonstrate their understanding by formulating an assessment and developing an intervention plan for their chosen case study.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning

Workshop

Weeks: 10,22 Thurs : 09:00-16:50

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus

Lecture

Weeks: 10-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 13:00-15:50

Workshop

Weeks: 10,22 Thurs : 09:00-16:50

Advancement and extension of understanding of Maori social work concepts.

This paper has been designed to advance and extend the understanding of Maori social work concepts.

Paper title Special Topic: Kaupapa Māori Social Work Practice
Paper code SOWK410
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2016 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
SOWX 410
Limited to
Limited to: BSW, MA
Schedule C
Consumer and Applied Science
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinators and Lecturers: Shayne Walker and Anaru Eketone
Paper Structure
The paper utilises:
  • Five video conferences
  • Five online tutorials (with Blackboard)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, cultural understanding, information literacy.

View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
Textbooks
Readings will be provided. There is no set text.
Teaching Arrangements
Attendance at a two-day hui/workshop in Dunedin is a compulsory part of the programme.
Course outline
A course outline will be made available to students at the commencement of teaching.
Eligibility
Suitable for fourth-year Bachelor of Social Work students. This paper assumes you already have a proven involvement in, and an understanding of Te Reo Maori and Maori community.
Learning Outcomes
The kaupapa of this paper is to:
  1. Clarify, advance and extend the understanding of Maori concepts in a social work context for those wanting to work in Maori social service organisations
  2. Develop a critical understanding of Maori social work theory and practice
  3. Extend and develop the understanding and development of Maori models of practice
  4. For students to develop their own practice framework when working in Maori organizations

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning

Workshop

Weeks: 10,22 Thurs : 09:00-16:50

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus

Lecture

Weeks: 11-12,14-16,18-21 Mon : 13:00-15:50

Workshop

Weeks: 10,22 Thurs : 09:00-16:50