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Animals and social work.
|Paper title||Advanced Studies Special Topic|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2022, expected to be offered in 2024 (Distance learning)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,415.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- Limited to
- PGDipSW, MSW
- Admission subject to approval from Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work.
- Suitable for master's level 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 Walker
- 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
- Discussion on animal ethics, animals within legislation and challenges the use of animals pose for the social work profession
- Teaching Arrangements
- There will be a compulsory workshop for this paper at the end of the semester; information about this will be provided with the course books. Other teaching arrangements include audioconferencing, Blackboard and other distance technology.
- 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 course outline is made available in the course book provided to students prior to the beginning of the second semester.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Upon successfully completing the paper students will be able to
- Identify and clearly articulate historical and contemporary trends affecting animals and social work
- Understand and apply contemporary theoretical explanations for animals within social work
- Critically appraise practice framework 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, critique and improve professional practice in relation to animals and their use within social work practice
- Apply the theoretical and conceptual framework to a literature review and case study regarding one of: violence towards animals, the inclusion of animals in social work assessments, or the use of animal assisted interventions in the helping professions