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SOWK423 Animals and Social Work

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
Paper code SOWK423
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,338.27
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,439.89

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Restriction
SOWK 523
Limited to
Limited to: BSW, MSCW (Applied)
Notes
May not be credited with SOWK 522 completed in 2015, 2016 or 2017.
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.
Eligibility

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.

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.

Course outline

The coure outline is made available in the course book provided to students prior to the beginning of the semester.

Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and lecturer: Dr Peter Walker
Textbooks

Ryan, T. (2011) Animals and Social Work: A Moral Introduction. Palgrave MacMillan

In addition, a course book and readings are provided via Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Timetable

Not offered in 2019

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