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    Introduction and orientation in social service and community settings and supervised practical work in the field.

    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Fieldwork Practice 1
    Subject Social Work
    EFTS 0.3
    Points 36 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,963.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SOWK 301, SOWK 302, SOWK 303, SOWK 320
    Pre or Corequisite
    SOWK 304
    SOWK 592
    Limited to

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinators: Susan Wason and Louie Claasen

    Paper Structure

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

    Teaching Arrangements

    Throughout the placement students will be provided with support and supervision.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Course outline

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching. Distance students are offered placement opportunities in the areas that they live.

    A course outline will be made available at the introductory workshop.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successfully completing the paper students will:

    • 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
    • Have developed and applied appropriate skills and methods for working with users of the services be they individuals, families/whānau, groups, communities, iwi, or organisations
    • 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
    • Have an understanding of the professional elements of social and/or community work
    • Analyse the organisation’s response to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural practice using material from previous and current learning

    In addition to these paper learning objectives students are also expected to develop at least three additional personal learning objectives to be achieved in the first placement.


    Semester 2

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


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-12:50 29

    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-12:50 29
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