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SOWK320 Introduction to Professional Practice

Introductory study and application of social work roles and skills in preparation for practice.

This paper prepares students for their fieldwork placements. The goals of this professional practice paper are based on learning basic interpersonal skills that will assist students to engage purposefully with the clientele of social services. This means assisting students to understand and apply a range of social work skills in different social service contexts.

Paper title Introduction to Professional Practice
Paper code SOWK320
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 420, SOWK 570, SOWX 320, SOWX 420
Limited to
BSW
Contact

socialwork@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinators and Lecturers:
Liz McCafferty
Susan Wason

Paper Structure
The paper will include topics related to practice skills. The paper will cover communication skills as well as skills required for placement and practice.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper combines three-hour weekly workshops that include role-plays, discussions, observations, readings, and individual and group work. The skill-based learning framework should enable students to cover the course content and assessment requirements and participate cooperatively and supportively with fellow students.
Textbooks

Required: Rogers, M., Whitaker, D., Edmondson, D., Peach, D. (2020). Developing Skills and Knowledge for Social Work Practice 2nd edition. London; Thousand Oaks, California; Sage.

Course outline
A course outline will be made available at the commencement of the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Understand the integrated application of the ecological model to social work practice
  • Have developed competence in basic interpersonal skills
  • Have satisfactorily completed a 'readiness for practice' test

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
B1 Friday 09:00-16:50 9, 18

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-12:50 10-14, 17, 19-22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-16:50 9
AND
B1 Friday 09:00-16:50 9, 18

Introductory study and application of social work roles and skills in preparation for practice.

This paper prepares students for fieldwork placements. The goals of this professional practice paper are based on learning basic interpersonal skills. This will assist students to engage purposefully with the clientele of social services. This involves assisting students to understand and apply a range of social work skills in different social service contexts.

Paper title Introduction to Professional Practice
Paper code SOWK320
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
SOWK 420, SOWK 570, SOWX 320, SOWX 420
Limited to
BSW
Contact

socialwork@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinators: Susan Wason and Louie Claasen

Paper Structure
The paper will include topics related to practice skills. The paper will cover communication skills as well as skills required for placement and practice.
Teaching Arrangements

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

This paper comprises three-hour weekly workshops that include role-plays, discussions, observations, readings, and individual and group work. The skill-based learning framework should enable students to cover the course content and assessment requirements and participate cooperatively and supportively with fellow students.

Textbooks

Required: Rogers, M., Whitaker, D., Edmondson, D., Peach, D. (2020). Developing Skills and Knowledge for Social Work Practice 2nd edition. London; Thousand Oaks, California; Sage.

Course outline
A course outline will be made available at the commencement of the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Understand the integrated application of the ecological model to social work practice
  • Have developed competence in basic interpersonal skills
  • Have satisfactorily completed a 'readiness for practice' test

^ Top of page

Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-12:50 10-13, 17, 19-22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-16:50 9
AND
B1 Friday 09:00-16:50 9, 18

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-16:50 9
AND
B1 Friday 09:00-16:50 9, 18