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    Introductory study and experience in selected areas of practice.

    This paper provides an introduction to the challenges of human service practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. It covers the fundamental knowledge and values bases underlying human and social services, introducing a range of fields of social service practice.

    About this paper

    Paper title Fields of Practice
    Subject Social Work
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (SOWK 111 or SOWX 111) or 54 points
    SOWK 114, SOWX 114
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    This is a compulsory paper for entry into the BSW programme. The paper is also suitable for those wanting an introduction to social work fields of practice.

    Teaching staff

    Course Coordinator: TBC

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers these key areas:

    • Knowledge and history of social services in Aotearoa New Zealand
    • Professional issues
    • Selected fields and perspectives for practice
    Teaching Arrangements
    2-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week.

    Required text:
    Chenoweth, L., and McAuliffee, D.,(2020) The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice: An Introductory Text (6th Edition). Cengage Learning, Australia. ISBN:9780170446860

    Recommended texts:
    Connolly, M. and Harms, L. (2017) Social Work: Contexts and Practice 4E. Oxford University Press, Auckland. ISBN:9780190308728
    Alston, M. and McKinnon, J., (eds) (2005) Social Work: Fields of Practice. Oxford: Australia.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Demonstrate a knowledge of social services and their history in Aotearoa New Zealand
    • Develop an understanding of professional issues, values and ethics, working across difference and theory in practice
    • Develop knowledge of selected fields covered by social/human services work
    • Gain an understanding of how a holistic perspective is required for practice within each field


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
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