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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.

Paper title Fieldwork Practice 1
Paper code SOWK592
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.2083
Points 25 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,012.80
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
SOWK 551, SOWK 552, SOWK 553, SOWK 570
Pre or Corequisite
SOWK 554
Restriction
SOWK 392
Limited to
MSCW (Applied)
Contact

socialwork@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff
Lecturers: Susan Wason and Liz McCafferty
Paper Structure

Students are placed with social service agencies for a 50-day placement.

Teaching Arrangements
Throughout the placement students will be supported and supervised by fieldwork educators and fieldwork co-ordinators.
Textbooks
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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students completing this paper will:

  1. A working knowledge of the organisation in terms of its policies and procedures protocols, organisation, and resourcing; the services it provides and the role and tasks of its workers.
  2. To have developed and applied appropriate skills and methods for working with users of the services be they individuals, families/whanau, groups, communities, iwi, or organisations.
  3. Through supervision: to have an awareness of one's own attitudes and values, limitations and strengths in relation to the work undertaken in the organisation/setting.
  4. An understanding of the professional elements of social and/or community work.
  5. To analyse the organisation’s response to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural practice using material from previous and current learning.
  6. Critically reflect on the placement in the context of wider theories of social work practice.

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

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

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

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

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.

Paper title Fieldwork Practice 1
Paper code SOWK592
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.2083
Points 25 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
SOWK 551, SOWK 552, SOWK 553, SOWK 570
Pre or Corequisite
SOWK 554
Restriction
SOWK 392
Limited to
MSCW (Applied)
Contact

socialwork@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Lecturers: Susan Wason and Louie Claasen

Paper Structure

Students are placed with social service agencies for a 50-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
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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students completing this paper will:

  1. Have a working knowledge of the organisation in terms of its policies and procedures, protocols, organisation, and resourcing; the services it provides and the role and tasks of its workers.
  2. Have developed and applied appropriate skills and methods for working with users of the services be they individuals, families/whanau, groups, communities, iwi, or organisations.
  3. Through supervision: have an awareness of one's own attitudes and values, limitations and strengths in relation to the work undertaken in the organisation/setting.
  4. Have an understanding of the professional elements of social and/or community work.
  5. Analyse the organisation's response to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural practice using material from previous and current learning.
  6. Critically reflect on the placement in the context of wider theories of social work practice.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

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

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

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