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    Critical exploration of contemporary Pacific social issues, preparing students to develop a policy, practice or research framework about an identified Pacific social issue.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Special Topic
    Subject Social Work
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,551.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SOWX 521
    Limited to
    PGDipSW, MSW
    Admission subject to approval from Head of the Social and Community Work Programme.
    This paper is aimed at students intending to deepen their critical awareness of issues affecting Pacific Peoples and their relationship to the social services in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: To be advised when paper is next offered.

    Paper Structure
    The paper covers six broad topics. These include:
    1. An introduction to Pacific thought and worldviews
    2. Pacific research frameworks
    3. Pacific families and communities
    4. Pacific children and young people
    5. Policy and practice in social service work with Pacific Peoples
    6. Contemporary issues affecting Pacific families, communities, children and young people
    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper is taught using a combination of methods. It includes lectures, interactive video sessions, Blackboard forums and activities, readings and assignments. There is a compulsory workshop at the end of the semester.
    There are no set texts for this paper; however, readings will be made available on Blackboard.
    Course outline
    The course outline will be made available on Blackboard at the beginning of the semester.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    To be advised when paper is next offered.


    Not offered in 2024

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