SOWK202-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Human Behaviour and Human Systems

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course examines the applications to human services of primary knowledge about human functioning and social behaviours, drawing on contemporary theories of psychosocial processes. The course explores selected developmental and external challenges facing children and families in New Zealand. The focus of the course is on usual developmental processes and the interface between individual and societal expectations, and implications for social service delivery.

In this course you will explore selected developmental and external crises facing children and families, in particular in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The focus is on normal developmental processes and the interface between persons/families/communities and human and social expectations, conditions (including ill health) and events (such as war or natural disasters).  The implications for human service and social work practice are considered from a critical, analytic perspective.  Whilst the course is delivered through lectures and film, it also aims to stimulate a participatory-reflective learning process. As part of this participatory-reflective process, students have the opportunity to prepare for reflective assessment projects through participation in group discussions of case studies during class and tutorial time.

Learning Objectives
•   To promote an integrated understanding of persons/whānau/groups within biological,
    psychological, social, and cultural contexts
•   To consider child and whānau/family development in relation to the social environment,
    with particular emphasis on developmental and external crises and their resolution
•   To introduce the application of such knowledge to practice in the human services
•   To provide students with the opportunity for a reflective, participatory learning process

Learning Outcomes

  • On the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to competently demonstrate:

  •    Knowledge about theories of human development and human behaviour across the lifespan.
  •    Knowledge about the reciprocal relationship between human development and life challenges
         faced by people in a range of socio-cultural contexts, in particular Aotearoa New Zealand
  •    Understanding of the impact of socio-ecological conditions, cultural diversity, and social
         justice on human development ande human behaviour
  •    Beginning understanding of reflective participatory learning processes, and understanding
         of how these contribute to the theory practice matrix.
  •    Capacity to undertake literature searches, and  assess the relevance of literature to topics
         under consideration
  •    Capacity to engage in discussions and debates wherein they convey a beginning capacity
         to hypothesise or develop theoretical questions from data and literature.
    • 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.


15 points at 100 level in HSRV or SOWK; OR 60 points from the BA, BSW(Hons) or BCJ.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Rehua 102
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
26 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 17 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 19 May
27 May - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 009 (29/2, 14/3, 2/5, 16/5, 30/5)
Rehua 528 (28/3)
26 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 17 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 19 May
27 May - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kate van Heugten


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 27 Mar 2023 35% 2000 words
Reflexive Learning assignment 19 May 2023 25% 1,500 words
Open book test 40% During Exam Period

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* 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 SOWK202 Occurrences

  • SOWK202-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • SOWK202-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)