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.
About this paper
|Fieldwork Practice 1
Semester 2 (On campus)
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- SOWK 551, SOWK 552, SOWK 553, SOWK 570
- Pre or Corequisite
- SOWK 554
- SOWK 392
- Limited to
- MSCW (Applied)
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- Teaching staff
- 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. Distance students are offered placement opportunities in the areas that they live. Throughout the placement students will be provided with support and supervision.
- 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.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students completing this paper 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/whanau, 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
- Critically reflect on the placement in the context of wider theories of social work practice