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SOWK111 Working with People: The New Zealand Context

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An introduction to the context for academic and professional work in social services in New Zealand.

This paper provides students with an introduction to the integration of social science concepts and their application to the social services from a Treaty-based perspective. Students will gain knowledge of, and the ability to critically analyse the historical conditions that have shaped the relationship between the tangata whenua and tauiwi. In addition, students will gain knowledge of the development of social services in Aotearoa, an understanding of the planned change process and ecological model and its relevance to the social services, an understanding of their own cultural origins and the way in which these shape attitudes and values, as well as the skills necessary to access and present information.

Paper title Working with People: The New Zealand Context
Paper code SOWK111
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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COMF 111, SOWX 111, COMX 111
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for first-year Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts students.
Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Shayne Walker

Paper Structure
The paper utilises:
  • Thirteen 2-hour lectures
  • Twelve 1-hour tutorials
Readings provided and recommended texts:
  • Connolly, M. and Harms, L. (2013) Social Work: Contexts and Practice (Third Edition). Oxford University Press, Auckland
  • Chenoweth, L., and McAuliffe, D., (2012) The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice: An Introductory Text (Third Edition). Cengage Learning, Australia
Course outline
A course outline will be made available at the commencement of the semester.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
  1. An understanding of the ecological approach (micro, meso and macro levels) to professional social work in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  2. An understanding of the planned change process as a model for change in professional social work in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  3. An understanding of the ally model and how it applies to culture, class and gender within human service relationships within the Aotearoa/New Zealand context
  4. The ability to reflect on one's personal identity
  5. The skills to analyse the shaping of the relationship between Tangata Whenua and Tauiwi

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 15-22
T2 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-22