Fields of Practice

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fields of Practice

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SOWK 111 or SOWX 111

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Introductory study and experience in selected areas of practice.

    This paper provides an introduction to the challenges of human service practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It covers the fundamental knowledge and values bases underlying human and social services, introducing a range of fields of social service practice.

    Course Structure
    The course covers these key areas:
    -Knowledge and history of social services in Aotearoa/New Zealand
    -Professional issues
    -Selected fields and perspectives for practice

    Learning Outcomes
    -Demonstrate knowledge and history of social services in Aotearoa/New Zealand
    -An understanding of professional issues, values and ethics, working across difference and theory in practice
    -Knowledge of selected fields covered by social/human services work
    -An understanding of how a holistic perspective is required for practice within each field

    Required text:

    Chenoweth, L., and McAuliffee, D.,(2012) The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice: An Introductory Text (3rd Edition). Cengage Learning, Australia.

    Recommended texts:

    Connolly, M. and Harms, L. (2009) Social Work: Contexts and Practice. Oxford University Press, Auckland.
    Alston, M. and McKinnon, J., (eds) (2005) Social Work: Fields of Practice. Oxford: Australia.

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