HSRV203-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Policy Debates in the Social Services

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course examines key principles guiding policy on the provision of social services. Trends and debates around the shifting relationship between welfare systems and the state are explored along with factors influencing the delivery of human services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Students will learn to critically assess the implications of social service delivery for providers and consumers of welfare services, and issues around the impact of inequalities in society.

The purpose of the course is to develop the ability to analyse contemporary social issues in a systematic way that equips social workers and human service workers to apply their understanding in practice. The interface between ‘private troubles’ and ‘public issues’ will inform analysis and will assist practitioners with appreciating the forces that impact on their clients’ circumstances and on human service delivery. A history of social policy in Aotearoa is included in the course with emphasis on the effects of colonisation on the socio-economic outcomes for Maori.

Learning Goals:
1. To introduce social policy as it has developed in Aotearoa/New Zealand
2. To explore ideologies, values and beliefs that underpin current social policy
3. To introduce policy formulation and policy process
4. To analyse contemporary social issues and their social policy implications
5. To consider the influence of social policy on both human service
    organisations and their clients

Learning Outcomes

  • Sound grasp of social policy theories and how they inform current debates
  • Refined capacity to analyse and explain the complex interplay of factors that influence policy development
  • Advanced understanding of policy process and implementation in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Facility to critically assess the impact of social policy on service provision
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level in HSRV or SOWK, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA or from Schedule C or E of the BCJ.


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Raewyn Tudor

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All HSRV203 Occurrences

  • HSRV203-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020
  • HSRV203-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)