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SOWK303 Communities and Organisations - Analysis and Theory

Organisational and community theories, patterns and change and their application within community and social services in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Students will describe and analyse a social service organisation and a case study of community development practice.

Paper title Communities and Organisations - Analysis and Theory
Paper code SOWK303
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
SOWK 553, SOWX 303
Limited to
BSW
Notes
(i) May not be taken by students who have passed both (SOWK234 or SOWX234) and (SOWK235 or SOWX235). (ii) Non-BSW students may be admitted to this paper with approval from the Head of Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work.
Eligibility
This paper is designed for students who have been admitted into the Bachelor of Social Work programme.
Contact

socialwork@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Coordinator and Lecturer: Dr Marissa Kaloga

Paper Structure
The paper is divided into two sections:

Organisations
  • Social work practice at micro-, meso-, macro-levels; history and context
  • Organisational forms
  • Internal organisational environments
  • Organisational sectors
  • External environments
  • Power
Community Development
  • Introduction to community development - history and context
  • The basis of contemporary community
  • Community development settings
  • Community development as planned change
  • Skills for working with communities
  • Participatory democracy
Teaching Arrangements
There is one compulsory workshop for this paper; information about this is provided in the course books. Other teaching arrangements are by lecture and Blackboard participation.
Textbooks

Required:
Aimers, J. & Walker, P (2013) Community Development: insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunmore Press.
Ozanne, E & Rose, D (2013) The organisational context of human service practice. Palgrave MacMillan, Melbourne.

Recommended:
Gilchrist & Taylor Policy Press (2016) Short Guide to Community Development, 2nd ed.

Course outline
The course outline is included in the course books.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing this paper students will be able to
  • Understand the basic dynamics and patterns of organisational and community relationships across cultural boundaries and the forces shaping contemporary patterns
  • Understand and critically evaluate the different major models of organisational and community change and their practical implications for working in the community
  • Identify and assess differing explanations of change in a variety of cultural and geographic settings
  • Analyse and evaluate community-based policy at all levels of decision making

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 09:00-15:50 9

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 10-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 11-15, 17-22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 09:00-15:50 9

Organisational and community theories, patterns and change and their application within community and social services in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Students will develop a social work leadership framework, and use knowledge on communities and organisations to design an initiative to address a social issue.

Paper title Communities and Organisations - Analysis and Theory
Paper code SOWK303
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
SOWK 553, SOWX 303
Limited to
BSW
Notes
(i) May not be taken by students who have passed both (SOWK 234 or SOWX 234) and (SOWK 235 or SOWX 235). (ii) Non-BSW students may be admitted to this paper with approval from the Head of the Social and Community Work Programme.
Eligibility
This paper is designed for students who have been admitted into the Bachelor of Social Work programme.
Contact

socialwork@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Coordinator and Lecturer: Dr Marissa Kaloga

Paper Structure

The paper is divided into two sections:

  1. Choose your Player - In this 3 week section students will explore leadership theory and diverse leadership approaches, then apply them to social work practice when they design their own leaership framework.
  2. Create your World - The remaining 10 weeks are organised into a gamified approach where students complete weekly activities to identify a social issue in a community and create an organisation to address it. Topics covered include:
    • Systems thinking models in social work.
    • Community concepts and theory.
    • Strengths based approaches.
    • Organisational forms and sectors
    • Internal and external environments.
    • Organisational analysis
    • Power and participation.
Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

There is one compulsory workshop for this paper; information about this is provided in the course books. Other teaching arrangements are by lecture and Blackboard participation.

Textbooks

Students will choose ONE of the following leadership books:

Brown,B. (2018). Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Random House.

Spiller, C., Barclay-Kerr, H., & Panoho, J. (2015). Wayfinding leadership: Ground-breaking wisdom for developing leaders. Huia Publishers.

Greenleaf, R.K. (2002). Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness. Paulist Press.

Edmonstone, J. (2019). Systems leadership in health and social care. Routledge.

OR a leadership book of the student's choice (with lecturer approval).

The other required readings will be provided

Course outline
The course outline is included in the course books.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this paper students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic dynamics and patterns of organisational and community relationships across cultural boundaries and the forces shaping contemporary patterns.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the different major models of organisational and community change and their practical implications for working in the community.
  • Identify and assess differing explanations of change in a variety of cultural and geographic settings.
  • Analyse and evaluate community-based policy at all levels of decision making.

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 09:00-15:50 9

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 10-14, 16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 11-14, 16-22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 09:00-15:50 9