Kaupapa Maori and Indigenous Approaches to Social Work

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Kaupapa Maori and Indigenous Approaches to Social Work

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • 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

    The application of Kaupapa Maori, Pacifica and indigenous approaches, including cross-cultural contexts, to social work practice.

    This paper focuses on aspects of Iwi, Maori and Pacific development within a social change context. This course intends to take a critical look at post colonial theories, for example, 'orientalism' and 'privilege' and models of practice intended to benefit Maori and Pacific peoples. The paper will cover an examination of a range of different sites or fields of enquiry in order to illustrate contemporary responses in regards to Treaty knowledge, practice and compliance. A critical appraisal of relevant policies and the theories that underpin these trajectories will be analysed in relation to their impact on Pacific, Iwi and community development.

    Course Structure
    -Thirteen Lectures
    -Twelve Tutorials
    -One overnight Noho Marae

    Learning Outcomes
    1.Clarify, advance and extend understanding of Iwi, Maori and Pacific development within a social change context for those wanting to work in social service organisations
    2.Develop a critical understanding of post colonial theories
    3.Enhance Treaty knowledge, practice and compliance
    4.Gain an understanding of relevant policies theories and how they impact on Pacific, Iwi and community development

    Readings are provided on Blackboard

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