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SOWK521 Advanced Special Topic

Critical exploration of contemporary Pacific social issues, preparing students to develop a policy, practice or research framework about an identified Pacific social issue.

Paper title Advanced Special Topic
Paper code SOWK521
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,482.25
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SOWX 521
Limited to
Admission subject to approval from Head of the Social and Community Work Programme.
This paper is aimed at students intending to deepen their critical awareness of issues affecting Pacific Peoples and their relationship to the social services in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer: To be advised when paper is next offered.

Paper Structure
The paper covers six broad topics. These include:
  1. An introduction to Pacific thought and worldviews
  2. Pacific research frameworks
  3. Pacific families and communities
  4. Pacific children and young people
  5. Policy and practice in social service work with Pacific Peoples
  6. Contemporary issues affecting Pacific families, communities, children and young people
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught using a combination of methods. It includes lectures, interactive video sessions, Blackboard forums and activities, readings and assignments. There is a compulsory workshop at the end of the semester.
There are no set texts for this paper; however, readings will be made available on Blackboard.
Course outline
The course outline will be made available on Blackboard at the beginning of the semester.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes

To be advised when paper is next offered.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system