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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.

2018 Seminar Series

Semester Two

1 August
Professor Tony Harland (Higher Education Development Centre)
Teaching undergraduate students as researchers and the relationship to powerful knowledge
Chair: Marcelle Dawson

15 August
Professor Sudesh Mishra (University of the South Pacific)
Acts of “rememory” in Oceania
Chair: Patrick Vakaoti

5 September
David Wither (PhD Candidate, Centre for Sustainability)
Community disaster resilience: The impact of institutional arrangements
Chair: Katharine Legun

19 September
5.15pm SUFFRAGE LECTURE presented by:
Professor Janine Hayward (Politics)
Women, communities and politics today: What's to be done about the ongoing over-representation of men?
Venue: ARCH1

3 October Jessica Young (PhD candidate, General Practice and Rural Health)
Exploring dying people's perspectives on euthanasia/assisted dying: Confronting normative discourses
Chair: Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott

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.