Welcome to the Social Work Programme

Social Work is a valuable and necessary profession in our society, particularly as society grows increasingly complex. It is a caring response to helping people overcome, adjust or change social circumstances and function within society with as much ease as possible. Social justice and human rights principles are fundamental to social work practice in assisting the improvement of social functioning and social well-being. Social and Community 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 taught in conjunction with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. The Social Work programme is only available at the University of Waikato at Tauranga.

Social Work papers (SOCW) are only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).