Advanced fieldwork practice (in a different setting from SOWK or SOWX 392).
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.
They 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.
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 2|
|Points||40 points 40 points|
|Teaching period(s)||Second Semester, Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,729.39|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$9,321.07|
- SOWK 392, SOWK 402, SOWK 403
- SOWK 593, SOWX 492
- Limited to
- BSW, BSW(Hons)
- Full-time students should normally enrol for SOWK 492 in the second semester. Part-time students may enrol for SOWK 492 in the first semester if they have already completed the prerequisite.
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- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinators: Liz McCafferty and Susan Wason
- Paper Structure
- Students are placed with social service agencies for either a 60-day or 70-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,
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- 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 agency 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