Social Work is a practice-based profession and academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Social work is underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge. Social Workers aspire to engage with people, their families, communities and social structures to address life challenges, enhance wellbeing and promote self-determination and autonomy. Principles of human rights, social justice, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to Social Work.

Social Work was available as a specified programme for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).

To have completed the specified programme in Social Work, students would have needed to complete the programme set out below.

For more information, contact the Programme Convenor for Social Work.


There will be no new enrolments into Social Work in 2022 onwards.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Social Work papers

400 Level
Code and paper title Points
SOCWK403 Social Justice, Ethics and Law right arrow

This paper critically examines social justice issues, principles and models of justice and human rights. Students develop an understanding of the...

30 24A (Tauranga)
SOCWK405 Research for Social Work Practice right arrow

In this paper, learners examine a range of methodological approaches to social work research and analyse the application of research evidence to...

30 24A (Tauranga)

2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 21 May 2024 01:00am