A new structure for undergraduate Social Work has been introduced in 2012. The BSCW is being replaced by the BSW and provides a four year degree that qualifies students to apply for registration as Social Workers in New Zealand.
For students who are already enrolled in the BSCW, or students who are interested in taking the BSW, consult the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work for instructions on the new degree.
The course prescriptions listed on this website are being phased in during 2012 and will be fully available in 2013. Some of the papers listed as prescribed will not be available until 2013 so the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work has arranged suitable substitute papers that you can discuss with your Social Work course adviser.
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Note: (1) For information on prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions, refer to the Prescriptions in the Guide to Enrolment.
(2) Prospective BSW students should initially apply for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme.
(3) Any SOWK paper may be replaced with the corresponding Distance Learning SOWX paper.
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First Stage Compulsory Papers
SOWK 111 Working with People: The New Zealand Context
SOCI 101 Sociology of New Zealand Society
MAOR 102 Māori Society
MAOR 110 Introduction to Conversational Māori
EDUC 102 Human Development
orPSYC 112 Human Thought and Behaviour
Second Stage Compulsory Papers
SOWX 201 (this paper is no longer offered)
SOWK 236 The Treaty and Social Services
SOCI 201 Sociological Research in Practice
SOCI 205 Social Inequality
SOCI 206 Crime, Justice and Society
SOCI 207 Families and Society
First and Second Stage Elective Papers
Additional approved papers from Arts and Music Schedule C and PAST or PASX papers to make a total of at least 234 points
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SOWK 301 Theories and Methods of Social Work
SOWK 302 Social Work for Children and Families - Analysis and Theory
SOWK 303 Communities and Organisations - Analysis and Theory
SOWK 304 Kaupapa Māori, and Indigenous Approaches to Social Work
SOWK 320 Introduction to Professional Practice
SOWK 392 Fieldwork Practice 1
Fourth Stage Compulsory Papers
SOWK 402 Social Work for Children and Families: Advanced Practice
SOWK 403 Communities and Organisations - Advanced Practice
SOWK 480 Research Project
SOWK 492 Fieldwork Practice 2
Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) on the advice of the Social Work Admissions Committee.
- To be admitted to the programme at the Third Stage, an applicant must have passed papers worth 234 points from the First and Second Stages as specified in the schedule of papers for the degree, or have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Science (majoring in Psychology), or Bachelor of Education Studies, or have completed a degree at another tertiary education institution (in the same, or similar, subject areas) and have taken an approved course in Maori language and tikanga.
- Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic record, personal suitability and proven experience in the social services. The Social Work Admissions Committee must be satisfied that applicants meet the requirements of the Social Work Registration Act 2003.
Structure of the Programme
- Every programme shall consist of papers worth not less than 480 points, as prescribed in the programme requirements above.
- The Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work may approve variations from the normal sequence of papers.
Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions
Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).
Duration of the Programme
A candidate shall follow a programme of study for not less than four years of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
A candidate who is enrolled for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work concurrently with another degree, or who has completed one of the two degrees and is proceeding with the other, may cross credit 100- and 200-levels papers which are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 180 points.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.
- Student numbers may be limited by the capacity of the social services to manage the fieldwork placements.
- The due date for applications for enrolment in the Third Stage in the BSW programme is 1 October in the year before admission to the Third Stage.
- Applicants with appropriate previous qualifications or prior learning and experience may be eligible for ad eundem credit or RPL (recognition of prior learning) credit towards the programme.