Faculty of Education and Social Work


Bachelor of Social Work

Detail information about the courses, field practice and assessment of Bachelor of Social Work programme.

Courses


This programme consists of 480 points. Below is a sample of how the programme is structured. Depending on the semester you begin your study, the order in which you study these courses may differ. Each course is worth 15 points unless indicated.

Year One

You will complete the following compulsory courses:

Year Two

You will complete the following compulsory courses:

Year Three

You will complete the following compulsory courses:

  • SOCWORK 311 - Social Work Process and Practice
  • SOCWORK 312 - Applied Social Research
  • SOCWORK 315 - Organisations and Management
  • SOCWORK 317 - Supervised Field Practice and Professional Development 1 (30 points)
  • SOCHLTH 313 - Mental Health in Social Practice
  • SOCCHFAM 314 - Child Protection Practice
  • Course from your chosen major (or elective)

Year Four

In your final year of study you will either do Year Four of the BSW or the BSW(Hons) programme.

You will complete the following compulsory courses:

  • SOCWORK 356 - Community Development
  • SOCWORK 411 - Social Work Interventions for Best Practice
  • SOCWORK 413 - The Social Work Discourse
  • SOCWORK 414 - Research and Evaluation in Social Practice
  • SOCWORK 415 - Supervised Field Practice and Professional Development 2 (30 points)
  • Course from your chosen major (or elective)

You also will complete 15 points from any course within the Bachelor of Social Work schedule.

Note: programme structure differs in Year Four if you are selected into the BSW(Hons).

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

For course information on the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) programme see here.

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Field practice

You will undertake blocks of supervised field practice in social work agencies to experience first-hand what it is like to work in the profession. There are two blocks of supervised field practice - an approximately three-month placement in Year Three and a longer placement in Year Four. The final placement aims to match your major with a similar role in a related agency. When you are on a supervised field placement, you will be expected to work agency hours of approximately eight hours per day and you must have a full New Zealand driver’s licence (exceptions include any disability that prevents driving).

Assessment

You will undertake a range of assessment tasks including essays, reports, practical work (videos or audio tapes), seminars, presentations, examinations and tests. In your field placements (Years Three and Four) you will have tasks to complete to assist you to apply your knowledge in the field.