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Study Social Work

SOWK"It is seldom routine and involves working with people all of whom are unique, in situations which are complex, frequently messy and obscure, rarely easy to understand, and almost never amenable to standardised or prescribed responses" Yelloly & Henkel

Why Study Social Work?

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. Social work papers are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, on and off campus.  If you have a strong interest in people, the make-up of New Zealand society, and contemporary social issues then consider completing an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification with us.

Social Work degrees, professional qualifications

A recognised professional qualification in the social services is a crucial step in becoming a social worker. Through the BSW programme undergraduates are provided with the skills and knowledge required to work in a variety of social services and community agencies. This is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification. Our professional bachelor degree (BSW) is an approved and accredited qualification by both the Social Workers Registration Board of New Zealand (SWRB) and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW).  Our post-qualifying degrees offer options for social services practitioners to extend their knowledge with a MSW, and for those seeking further academic study, a MA or PhD.

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