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SOWK515 Iwi Social Services I - Contextual Issues

An introduction to the wider political issues that arise in the development of iwi social services.

This paper has been designed to extend and develop kaupapa Maori practice, theory, scholarship and research at an advanced level.

Paper title Iwi Social Services I - Contextual Issues
Paper code SOWK515
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,482.25
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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SOWK 407
Limited to
Admission subject to approval from Head of the Social and Community Work Programme.

Suitable for graduates and professionals who possess an approved social services qualification and have at least two years proven competence working in the social or human services. MSCW programme students wishing to take this paper should apply for special permision.


Teaching staff

Coordinators and Lecturers: Associate Professor Anaru Eketone and Shayne Walker

Paper Structure

The paper is offered via videoconferences.

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

The paper is offered via videoconferences as well as two one-day compulsory hui/workshops held in Dunedin.

There is no set text; readings will be provided.
Course outline
A course outline will be available at the commencement of teaching.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

The goal of this paper is for students to be able to use Māori practice models, theory and social underpinnings in Māori and non-Māori settings. This will be evidenced by enhancing understanding of:

  1. Te Ao Māori and your own cultural origins and the way in which these shape your development of theory and practice.
  2. Knowledge of and the ability to critically analyse the historical conditions that have shaped the development of Iwi Social Services.
  3. Organisational structure and change.
  4. Practice beyond Whare Tapa Whā (i.e. look at what practice models are around)
  5. Wairua and karakia in practice.
  6. Theory relevant to the contexts you work in.

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Semester 1

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


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-16:50 22
Friday 09:00-16:50 10