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SOWK392 Fieldwork Practice 1

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Introduction and orientation in social service and community settings and supervised practical work in the field.

The overall goal of the paper is to provide students with the opportunity to be involved in and learn from the experience of a supervised fieldwork placement in a social service agency or community work setting. Students are expected to draw on the learning opportunities provided in a placement, as well as using the frameworks for practice offered in other papers. This is an important chance for students to try out their learning in practice, in a safe learning environment under the supervision of an experienced worker. In keeping with the programme's commitment to providing models for bicultural practice, every effort will be made to provide placement experiences that model and reflect such practices. In addition, input from a Māori perspective will be integral to the paper to ensure students are able to develop practice appropriate to Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Paper title Fieldwork Practice 1
Paper code SOWK392
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.3000
Points 36 points 36 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,808.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $7,909.50

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SOWK 301, SOWK 302, SOWK 303, SOWK 320
Pre or Corequisite
SOWK 304
SOWK 592
Limited to
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinators: Liz McCafferty and Susan Wason

Paper Structure
Students are placed with social service agencies for either a 50-day or 60-day placement.
Teaching Arrangements
Throughout the placement students will be supported and supervised by fieldwork educators and fieldwork co-ordinators
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline
A course outline will be made available at the introductory workshop.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing the paper students will

  • Have a working knowledge of the agency in terms of its policies and procedures; protocols, organisation and resourcing; the services it provides and the role and tasks of its workers
  • Develop and apply appropriate skills and methods for working with users of the services, be they individuals, families/whānau, groups, communities, iwi or organisations
  • Through supervision, have an awareness of one's own attitudes and values, social analysis, limitations and strengths in relation to the work undertaken in the agency/setting
  • Understand the professional elements of social and/or community work
  • Make effective use of the teaching and learning opportunities provided on placement and use these for identifying further learning goals

In addition to these paper learning objectives students are also expected to develop at least three additional personal learning objectives to be achieved in the first placement.

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Second Semester

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

Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-12:50 28