The application of theory to social work and development of a case-based practice framework. Case studies include youth justice, foster care, health (physical and mental), family violence, (dis)ability, and family support practice domains.
This paper provides the foundation for the social work professional programme for both on-campus and distance students. It provides an overview of theory using the ecological model as a framework. The purpose of this paper is to explore the application of theory to social work practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The content covers theories and models that shape assessment and guide intervention at each of the three levels of the ecological model. This paper introduces the concept of practice frameworks, which allow for the integration of different theories and models in a coherent manner.
Theories and models introduced during this paper will be critically evaluated in relation to culture, class, gender, age and ability. Given that many of these theories and models have been developed in other contexts, their relevance for practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand is explored. Students are also encouraged to evaluate these theories in relation to their own values. The material provided in lectures will be applied to case studies to provide students with the opportunity to explore the practical application of theory. In the final assignment students will be required to develop their own framework for practice and apply this to their chosen case study.
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|Theories and Methods of Social Work
Semester 1 (On campus)
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- SOWK 301
- Limited to
- MSCW(Applied), PGDipSW
Non- MSCW(Applied) or PGDipSW students may be admitted to this paper with approval from the Head of the Social and Community Work Programme.
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- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Katheryn Margaret Pascoe
- Paper Structure
- The paper is divided into three modules exploring theories and models that shape social work practice at micro- (individuals and families), meso- (organisations and communities) and macro- (societal and political) levels.
Required: Harms, L., & Connolly, M. (2019). Social work from theory to practice (3rd ed). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-46084-2 paper back.
Recommended: Payne, M. (2021). Modern social work theory (5th Ed). MacMillan Education Limited. ISBN 978-1-352-001108-01 paper back
Teater, B. (2010). An introduction to applying social work theories and methods. The Open University Press. ISBN 978-0-33-523778-4.
- Course outline
- A course outline will be provided at the commencement of the paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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- Learning Outcomes
By successfully completing this paper students will:
- Develop critical analytical skills on the areas of social theories and methodologies examined in the paper
- Understand the nature and causes of social inequality and poverty
- Critically assess differing explanations of problems and their practical implications for change
- Be able to analyse the basis and effectiveness of current practice models
- Develop skills of critical reflection on one's own professional practice