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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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Overview

A new structure for undergraduate Social Work was introduced in 2012. The BSCW was replaced by the BSW which provides a four year degree that qualifies students to apply for registration as Social Workers in New Zealand.

Students who are interested in taking the BSW, or students who have already been enrolled in the BSCW, should consult the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work for instructions on the new degree.

Students are welcome to contact the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work for any clarification to the information provided or to discuss their individual circumstances.

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Contact Details

Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work

Website: http://www.otago.ac.nz/sgsw
Email: sgsw@otago.ac.nz

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Subject Area

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Programme Requirements

Social Work Pre-professional (BA)

Level Papers Points
1st stage

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

or

PSYC 112  Human Thought and Behaviour

 

18

18

18

18

18

2nd stage

Second Stage Compulsory Papers

SOWK 201  Fields of Practice

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

 

18

18

18

18

18

18

First and Second Stage Elective Papers

Additional approved papers from Arts and Music Schedule C and PAST papers to make a total of at least 234 points

Notes:
(1) For information on prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions, refer to the Prescriptions in the Guide to Enrolment
(2) Any SOWK paper may be replaced with the corresponding Distance Learning SOWX paper.

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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

LevelPapersPoints
1st and 2nd stages

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

or

PSYC 112  Human Thought and Behaviour

Second Stage Compulsory Papers

SOWK 201  Fields of Practice

SOWK 236  The Treaty and Social Services

SOCI 201  Sociological Research in Practice

SOCI 205  Social Inequality

SOCI 207  Families and Society

First and Second Stage Elective Papers

Additional approved papers from Arts and Music Schedule C to make a total of at least 234 points (normally 14 papers)

 

18

18

18

18

 

 

18

 

18

18

18

18

18

3rd stage

Third Stage Compulsory Papers

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

 

18

18

18

18

18

36

4th stage

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

Plus one of SOWK 405 Social Work Issues Across the Lifespan, SOWK 406 Social Problems: Policies and Practice Models, or any other 400-level SOWK paper

 

20

20

20

40

20

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 the Social Work Pre-professional (BA) programme.

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Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (BSW(Hons))

A candidate admitted to an Honours programme shall complete the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work except that the final year’s course must comprise:

  • SOWK 402 Social Work for Children and Families: Advanced Practice
  • SOWK 403 Communities and Organisations - Advanced Practice
  • SOWK 490 Dissertation
  • SOWK 492 Fieldwork Practice 2

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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW)

The programme shall consist of approved papers from the schedule of papers available for the degree of Master of Social Work to the value of 120 points.

With prior approval, one paper at 400-level or above in a related subject offered by the University or another tertiary institution up to the value of 30 points may be included in the programme.

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

PapersPoints

Three of
SOWK 510  Advanced Social Service Counselling
SOWK 511  Advanced Family Practice
SOWK 512  Working with Children and Adolescents
SOWK 513  Mental Health and Specialist Practice
SOWK 514  Advanced Community Development
SOWK 515  Iwi Social Services I - Contextual Issues
SOWK 516  Iwi Social Services II - Development and Facilitation
SOWK 517  Social Policy Development
SOWK 518  Social Services Supervision
SOWK 519  Social Services Management
SOWK 520  Social Services Research and Evaluation
SOWK 521  Advanced Studies Special Topic
SOWK 522  Advanced Studies Special Topic

Research Components
SOWK 580  Research Project

Thesis: SOWK 6

 
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30

 
30

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) on the advice of the Social Work Admissions Committee.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme shall consist of papers worth not less than 480 points, as prescribed in the programme requirements above.
    2. The Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work may approve variations from the normal sequence of papers.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. Cross Credits

    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.

  6. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Notes:

    1. Student numbers may be limited by the capacity of the social services to manage the fieldwork placements.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

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