SOWK101-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Introduction to Social Policy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


An introduction to the provision of welfare in New Zealand, providing students with the opportunity to examine socio-cultural, economic and political factors that have influenced current welfare policies, practice and services. The course addresses basic organising concepts of welfare, using historical and contemporary case studies. Students will be introduced to tools and frameworks that will enable them to develop research skills and critical thinking. Using current case studies of service delivery presented by guest practitioners, contemporary research practices, social worlds/issues and welfare services/responses are analysed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe key themes and concepts in welfare provision  
  • Explain the political, economic, and socio-cultural influences on the development of welfare services in Aotearoa New Zealand from a policy and a service organisation perspective
  • Develop familiarity with the tools required to analyse welfare services and programmes critically.  
  • Understand and situate social policy issues with the global context.
  • Assess the impact of policy on key human service practice issues.
    • 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.



Equivalent Courses



Jane George


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Policy Impact Assessment 23 Aug 2023 30%
Policy Analysis 30 Sep 2023 30%
Take home test 28 Oct 2023 40%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no textbook for this course. Readings relevant to the course will be placed on AKO|LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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 School of Health Sciences .

All SOWK101 Occurrences

  • SOWK101-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • SOWK101-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)