Critical exploration of the use of animals in social work and the helping professions within ethical, practice, policy and research frameworks.
Animals and social work.
|Paper title||Animals and Social Work|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,365.11|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,661.93|
- SOWK 523
- Limited to
- BSW, MSCW (Applied)
- May not be credited with SOWK 522 completed in 2015, 2016 or 2017.
Suitable for students, and professionals working in any human service setting, who have an interest in how animals are perceived in the helping profession in general and social work in particular.
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- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator and lecturer: Dr Peter
- Paper Structure
This paper will cover four modules:
- An Introduction to the relevance to and use of animals within the social work profession both in Aotearoa/New Zealand and overseas
- Violence towards animals as a precursor and indicator of violence towards humans
- The inclusion of domestic animals in social work assessments and their role within the ecological model
- Animal-assisted interventions and their efficacy in the helping professions
Also covered will be:
- Discussion on animal ethics, animals within legislation and challenges the use of animals pose for the social work profession
- Teaching Arrangements
This course will be taught in six 2 hour lectures fortnightly, with a two-day workshop at the end of the course.
Ryan, T. (2011) Animals and Social Work: A Moral Introduction. Palgrave MacMillan
In addition, a course book and readings are provided via Blackboard.
- Course outline
The coure outline is made available in the course book provided to students prior to the beginning of the semester.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students completing the 400-level paper will:
- Identify and clearly articulate historical and contemporary trends affecting animals’ place within social work.
- Understand and apply contemporary theoretical explanations for the use of animals’ within social work.
- Evaluate practice frameworks in relation to violence towards animals, the inclusion of animals in social work assessments and the use of animal assisted interventions in the helping professions.
- Reflect upon the use of animals within social work practice.