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.
- Child and Family Services Worker
- Child Protection Worker
- Community Worker
- Policy Analyst
- Probation Officer
- Social Worker
- Youth Worker
Study Social Work in any of these qualifications
|Lifespan Development||HMDEV100||15.0 Points|
|Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi||MAORI150||15.0 Points|
|Critical Thinking||PHILO103||15.0 Points|
|Social Psychology, Health and Well-being||PSYCH101||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Sociology||SOCIO101||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Social Policy||SOCPY100||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to the Social Work Profession||SOCWK101||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Social Work Theory||SOCWK102||15.0 Points|
Students must take the following papers:
|He Ao Hurihuri He Ao Tuakiri: Evolving Maori Culture and Identity||MAORI222||15.0 Points|
|Social Policy and Social Issues||SOCPY200||15.0 Points|
|Social Policy, Families and Children||SOCPY201||15.0 Points|
|Social Work Issues||SOCWK201||15.0 Points|
|Social Work Approaches and Fields of Practice||SOCWK202||30.0 Points|
|Community Development||SOCWK205||15.0 Points|
|Social Science Research Methods||SSRES200||15.0 Points|
Students must take the following papers 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.
|Perspectives on Counselling||HDCO340||20.0 Points|
|Social Work Placement 1||SOCW300||40.0 Points|
|Children and Young People at Risk||SOCW303||20.0 Points|
|Community Development||SOCW305||20.0 Points|
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.
|Social Work Placement 2||SOCW400||40.0 Points|
|Social Work Decision Making||SOCW401||20.0 Points|
|Bicultural and Multicultural Social Work Practice||SOCW402||20.0 Points|
|Social Justice, Ethics and Law||SOCW404||20.0 Points|
|Social Work Decision Making: Research Project||SOCW490||40.0 Points|
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 Supervision||SOCW501||30.0 Points|
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.
- 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.
- The BSW may be awarded with Honours.
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