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SOWK592 Fieldwork Practice 1

Introduction to social work in social service and community settings through supervised fieldwork placement.

The overall goal of the 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. 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. 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 1
Paper code SOWK592
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.2083
Points 25 points 25 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,957.60
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,825.32

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SOWK 551, SOWK 552, SOWK 553, SOWK 570
Pre or Corequisite
SOWK 554
SOWK 392
Limited to
MSCW (Applied)
Teaching staff
Lecturers: Susan Wason and Liz McCafferty
Paper Structure
Students are placed with social service agencies for either a 50-day or 60-day placement.
Teaching Arrangements
Throughout the placement students will be supported and supervised by fieldwork educators and fieldwork co-ordinators.
Readings are provided through Blackboard. Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong Learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural Understanding, Ethics, Information Literacy, Self-Motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students completing this paper will:
  1. Have a working knowledge of the placement agency in terms of its policies and procedures; protocols, organisation and resourcing; the services it provides; and the role and tasks of its workers.
  2. Develop and apply appropriate skills and methods for working with users of the services, be they individuals, families/whānau, groups, communities, iwi or organisations.
  3. Have an awareness of one's own attitudes and values, social analysis, limitations and strengths in relation to the work undertaken in the agency/setting through supervision.
  4. Understand the professional elements of social and/or community work.
  5. Critically reflect on the placement in the context of wider theories of social work practice.
  6. Make effective use of the teaching and learning opportunities provided on placement and use these for identifying further learning goals.

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Second Semester

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

Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-12:50 28