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Social Work

Social work is both an academic discipline and a practice-based profession that advocates for social change, social development and social cohesion, in order to empower and liberate people and communities.

Kate Dooley

Bachelor of Social Work
It's quite a jump from duty manager at Mitre 10 to family support social worker, but that's what Kate Dooley has done.


Shannon Julian

Bachelor of Social Work
Since a young age, Shannon had wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, so she chose to study a Bachelor of Social Work.


Tracey Lee

Bachelor of Social Work
A mother of five, Tracey began a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Waikato, in Tauranga. The Bachelor of Social Work is a professional qualification for anyone who wants to make a difference to people’s lives and create positive changes to society – a perfect fit for Tracey.


Social work is a valuable and necessary profession in our society, particularly as society grows increasingly complex. Social justice and human rights principles are fundamental to social work practice in assisting the improvement of social functioning and social well-being.

Social workers work with individuals, families, whānau, groups, schools and communities, especially with disadvantaged members of society, for whom they may provide advocacy and other skills and services. It is also important that as a profession, social workers have a capacity to carry out research and build a foundation of knowledge to further work in the field, as well as the capacity to analyse, influence and, when necessary, challenge social policies.

Social Work is available as a specified programme for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) only. Graduates of the BSW will be equipped with these skills and abilities and more. The BSW can be awarded with Honours. The degree programme for the BSW is delivered at the Windermere Campus in Tauranga. This campus is shared in partnership between the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato.

Career Opportunities

  • Child and Family Services Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Therapist/Counsellor
  • Youth Worker

Qualifications

Study Social Work in any of these qualifications

Year 1

Year 2

Students must take the following papers and a further 20 points chosen from HDCO200, HDCO201, HDCO202, PHIL218, PSYC228, PSYC229, SOCY204, TIKA263, TIKA264, TTWA201 or a paper approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor.

Social Policy and Social IssuesSOCP20620.0 Points
Social Work IssuesSOCW20120.0 Points
Social Work ApproachesSOCW20220.0 Points
Sociology of the FamilySOCY22220.0 Points
The Practice of Social Science ResearchSSRP20220.0 Points

Year 3

Students must take the following papers plus a further 20 points chosen from HDCO200, HDCO201, HDCO202, PHIL218, PSYC228, PSYC229, SOCY204, TIKA263, TIKA264, TTWA201 or HDCO300, HDCO301, HDCO302, PSYC301, PSYC310, PSYC319, PSYC338, SOCP302, SOCY311, TIKA363 or a paper approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor.

Perspectives on CounsellingHDCO34020.0 Points
Social Work Placement 1SOCW30040.0 Points
Children and Young People at RiskSOCW30320.0 Points
Community DevelopmentSOCW30520.0 Points

Year 4

Students must take SOCW400, SOCW402 and SOCW404 and either i) SOCW401 plus a further 20 points chosen from HDCO300, HDCO301, HDCO302, PSYC301, PSYC310, PSYC319, PSYC338, SOCP302, SOCY311, TIKA363 or a paper approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor or ii) SOCW490.

Students wishing to be considered for the award of Honours must include SOCW490 in their programme of study.

BSW (Upgrade)

To complete the BSW upgrade, students must complete 120 points comprising SSRP202, SOCW303, SOPCW401, SOCW402, SOCW404 and one of SOCW201, SOCW202, SOCW305 or a relevant paper above 100 level approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor.

Prescriptions for the PGCert (SocWork), PGDip (SocWork), Master of Social Work (MSW)

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Social Work papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 400 level Social Work papers or all their undergraduate Social Work papers. Candidates who do not meet this requirement may be considered for admission based on academic merit and relevant experience, at the discretion of the Academic Board.

To complete a PGCert (SocWork) students must complete 60 points at 500 level, from of SOCW501, SOCW502, SOCW503, SOCW504 or SOCW505.

To complete a PGDip (SocWork) students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including SOCW506 or another approved research methods paper and at least 60 points from SOCW501, SOCW502, SOCW503, SOCW504 or SOCW505.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSW, a student must have completed a BSW or a BSW(Hons) and have gained at least a B average in all of their undergraduate Social Work papers.

Students must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including SOCW506 or another approved research methods paper; and at least one of SOCW501, SOCW502, SOCW503, SOCW504 or SOCW505; and a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis, or a 60 point dissertation; with any remaining points taken from the papers listed for the MSW.

Professional SupervisionSOCW50130.0 Points

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Social Work Programme

Social Work is available as a specified programme for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). To complete the specified programme in Social Work, students must complete the programme set out below.

Notes:

  1. SOCW101, SOCW102, SOCW201, SOCW202 and SOCW305 are available to all students who have met any required prerequisites. With regard to SOCW303, prerequisites may be considered met for candidates currently in social work practice upon application to the Social Work Programme Convenor. All other papers with the subject code SOCW are only available to students enrolled in the BSW.
  2. The BSW may be awarded with Honours.

Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4138
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: socw-fass@waikato.ac.nz