Advanced fieldwork practice (in a different setting from SOWK392 or SOWX392).
The overall goal of this 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. Fieldwork Practice 2 extends on the practice learning from Fieldwork Practice 1. 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.
The student should be able to reflect upon what they have learned from theory and practice and draw this together into a framework that will guide their work and which they will constantly build on in the future. 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.
|Paper title||Fieldwork Practice 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,883.38|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- SOWK 392, SOWK 402, SOWK 403
- SOWK 593, SOWX 492
- Limited to
- BSW, BSW(Hons)
- Full-time students should normally enrol for SOWK492 in the second semester. Part-time students may enrol for SOWK492 in the first semester if they have already completed the prerequisite.
- More information link
View more information on the Social and Community Work programme website
- Teaching staff
Co-ordinators: Susan Wason and Louie Claasen
- Paper Structure
Students are placed with social service agencies for a 70-day placement.
- Teaching Arrangements
The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.
Throughout the placement students will be provided with support and supervision.
- 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,
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
The student is expected to demonstrate that they have formed an integrated practice theory for working in the social services. This is expected to be realised through the achievement of the following specific learning objectives:
- Assessing and selecting appropriate intervention and change strategies and applying these in practice.
- Critically appraising organisation policy (or the placement setting), and its ability to provide services and respond to social needs.
- Understanding how political, legal, and organisational institutional processes impinge upon people, and ways in which rights can be asserted.
- Appraising one's own work performance, and, through supervision, taking responsibility for improving it.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyse your practice using the Kaitiakitanga framework
In addition, students are expected to identify at least three personal learning objectives to be achieved during the placement. These should reflect the specific nature of the placement and the specific interest or focus of the student.