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The Master of Social and Community Work (Applied)

This is a new two-year taught social work masters' programme available for people with an undergraduate degree.  Consisting of a mixture of papers and fieldwork placements, this degree is also great for mid-career social workers who are looking for a recognised professional qualification. (Poster)

Coursework Master of Arts programme for Humanities students

From 2018 the University of Otago is offering a new pathway within the Master of Arts, a 180-point coursework option.

The Coursework Master of Arts (Coursework MA) programme is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding for Humanities students in a range of subjects as preparation for further study or future employment. The programme will take either 12 months or three semesters of full-time study to complete. The programme can also be studied part-time.

Find out more about the new Coursework Master of Arts programme.


SOCI 309 Special Topic: Science, Technology and Post-Capitalist Future

SOCI 410 Alternative Futures and the Sociological Imagination

2018 Seminar Series

Semester One

  • 7 March: Professor Gerald West (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa): ‘Resisting violence against women and children (and recovering a “redemptive masculinity”)’.Co-hosted by the Department of Theology and Religion.       
  • 21 March: ‘Ageing well: Bio, psycho, and social dimensions’. Full-day colloquium organised by Professor Amanda Barusch (SGSW). Co-sponsored by the Otago CARE Research Network and the Ageing Well National Science Challenge. (Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Time: 10-4pm, RSVP: Helen O’Sullivan at 479-7951 or           
  • 11 April 12:00 - 1:30 CastC: 'Micro-politics and everyday resistance in conflict zones: The case of Palestine and Israel'. Research roundtable featuring Ola Kattoura (SGSW), Nijmeh Ali (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies) and Danny Fridberg (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies) and Mariam Abdul Dayyem (SGSW)  
  • 18 April: Dr Catherine Hartung (College of Education): ‘Teachers’ engagements with global pop culture: Race, gender, and the colonial imagination’.     
  • 2 May: Susan Wason (SGSW):  ‘Saints or communists? The story of Dunedin/Ōtepoti food banks and FoodShare’.        
  • 16 May: Staff research 'snippets'.
  • 30 May: Otago Business School Rm G.19 Liz McCafferty (SGSW): ‘Social work skills—Ethical use of social media’.

Seminars take place in Room B11 Archway (i.e. SGSW Practice Suite) from 12-12:50pm, unless otherwise specified. All welcome.

If you would like to present a paper in the second semester please contact Marcelle Dawson (

Seminars previously held in the department.

Fascinating Volunteer Opportunities in International Social Work


New opportunities exist in Counseling and Poverty.

Please read NGOabroad website

and then send BRIEFLY answered Questionnaire and resume to:

Applications to volunteer opportunities are accepted on a rolling basis.