No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. Students already admitted may complete their programme under the regulations in force when they commenced study, provided they do so by the end of 2014. Students should consult a course adviser in the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work regarding availability of papers to complete this qualification.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Community Work (PGDipSCWk) is a nationally and internationally recognised professional qualification in social services that requires one year's full-time or its equivalent in part-time study, and entails a combined programme of coursework and fieldwork.
Candidates for the programme must be Community and Family Studies graduates, and must have passed papers in Māori language, Māori culture and human development, or hold an equivalent qualification.
The programme aims to provide students, through instruction and supervision, with the theory and knowledge needed for bicultural practice and the ability to address discrepancies.
The qualification prepares graduates for professional careers in community and institutional settings requiring social service skills with individuals, families, small groups, communities and organisations.
Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Community Work (PGDipSCWk)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) on the advice of the Social and Community Work Admissions Committee.
- Every applicant shall have either:
- been admitted to a Bachelor's degree majoring in Human Services or Community and Family Studies with a minimum of 72 SOWK points at 200-level and 90 SOWK points at 300-level, and have passed papers in Māori culture, Māori language and human development, or
- have equivalent qualifications or experience in the social services acceptable to the Social and Community Work Admissions Committee.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme of study shall consist of SOWK 401, SOWK 402, SOWK 403, SOWK 404, SOWK 421, SOWK 491, SOWK 492.
- With the permission of the Heads of Departments concerned a candidate may substitute a paper of another subject for one of the required papers.
Note: The distance learning version (SOWX code) is available only to students with an established social service background.
Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions
Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (as published in the Guide to Enrolment).
Duration of the Programme
A candidate shall follow a programme of study for not less than one year.
A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers, as prescribed in regulation 2(a), on the basis of recognition of prior learning.
Level of Award of the Diploma
The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.
Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. Students already admitted may complete their programme under the regulations in force when they commenced study, provided they do so by the end of 2014.