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Study Social Work

SOWK"It is seldom routine and involves working with people all of whom are unique, in situations which are complex, frequently messy and obscure, rarely easy to understand, and almost never amenable to standardised or prescribed responses" Yelloly & Henkel

Why Study Social Work?

Social work is based on the principles of human rights and social justice, and seeks to implement these in work with individuals, communities and groups. Social workers draw on an ecological perspective and a diverse knowledge base to assist people to develop self-determination and improve their wellbeing. Social work papers are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, on and off campus. If you have a strong interest in people, the make-up of New Zealand society, and contemporary social issues, then consider completing an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification with us.​

New postgraduate programme: Master of Social and Community Work (Applied)

Social Work degrees, professional qualifications

A recognised professional qualification in the social services is a crucial step in becoming a social worker. Through the BSW programme undergraduates are provided with the skills and knowledge required to work in a variety of social services and community agencies. This is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification. Our professional bachelor degree (BSW) is an approved and accredited qualification by both the Social Workers Registration Board of New Zealand (SWRB) and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW).  Our post-qualifying degrees offer options for social services practitioners to extend their knowledge with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Social and Community Work (Applied) (MSCW(Applied)) and for those seeking further academic study, a Master of Arts (MA) or PhD.

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