- Pathways to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
- Undergraduate Papers
- Distance Taught papers for Social Work
- Audioconference schedule for Distance Education
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
NB: The degrees of MSCW, PGDipSCWk, PGCertSW are being phased out. No new students will be enrolled in these degrees. For students who are currently already enrolled in these degrees, please refer to the transition options page.
Distance taught papers in Social Work
Traditionally the social work programmes at the University of Otago had been available as distance courses. Due to recent changes, however, only 300 and 400 level papers will continue to be offered as a distance option.
Please note: Our distance option is not available internationally, all distance papers are available only to those people residing within New Zealand.
The undergraduate teaching of social work is through a 'mixed model' of teaching at 300 and 400 levels, supported by online tutors, podcasts, blackboard, etc. Papers in the BSW will be offered in a media format that enables students from all around New Zealand to access lectures, tutorials and other course materials. Distance papers are coded "SOWX" while on campus taught papers are coded "SOWK".
All papers at 300 and 400 level will involve compulsory on-campus workshops during the semester (see also "Workshops" below).
The department is continuing its development of mixed media platforms for offering distance education.
Master of Social Work - post professonal education
The MSW is taught through distance learning. The Master of Social Work (MSW) offers advanced professional education. This programme is designed for people in practice who wish to develop their professional knowledge and skills through a postgraduate specialised course of study.
The department holds on-campus compulsory workshops for each paper. These are normally held over a period of 1 to 1.5 days for each paper and are normally combined into blocks of time to consolidate the sessions students are required to attend, so that if you were undertaking two papers then the workshops would be held as close together as possible. These workshops are generally held at the beginning of each semester, although there has been some slight alteration in this depending on the stage of the learning. Information on each of the workshops is normally sent out in plenty of time to allow students to plan in advance. Students are required to book their own accommodation, however, information is normally included about local accommodation options. Check out the workshop shedules for current information.
Audioconference Schedule for Distance Education
We deliver audioconferences at 100, 400 and 500 levels. Please check with your lecturer regarding any exam preparation audioconferences for papers delivered at levels 200 and 300.
Audioconferences are not recorded.