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Study Social Work at Otago

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Overview

Social workers seek to promote well-being and develop potential by working with individuals, families and groups to create positive change in people's lives. The challenge of social work lies in its complexity and diversity.

The University of Otago offers qualifications in social work for those with a strong interest in people, the make-up of New Zealand's society, and contemporary social issues. The professional bachelor degree (BSW) is recognised by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW). This four year degree provides a widely recognised, high quality, qualification for people wishing to become registered social workers. This degree is also available as a two year option for students already possessing a bachelor degree in another field.

The two year Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is targeted towards professional practitioners seeking to undertake a research intensive qualification related to their professional practice. Postgraduate research is encouraged and opportunities are provided for students to undertake research in a range of associated areas.

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Contact details

Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work

Email sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/sgsw

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Social Work (SOWK) papers.

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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

 

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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 207  Families and Society

 

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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BSW degree table

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 13 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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BSW(Hons) degree table

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)

Papers and Thesis Points

Three of:
SOWK 504  Care and Protection
SOWK 505  Lifespan Issues - Advanced Practice with Older Adults
SOWK 508  Pasifika and Social Services
SOWK 509  Decision-making in Child Welfare
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
SOWK 523  Animals and Social Work

Research Component
Thesis: SOWK 6

 
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