SOWK206-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Communication for Practice

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


This course will include substantive content on communicating across the life course, communication for practice with Maori, communication for working with diverse communities, communication for advocacy, professional communication (legal and ethical), documenting for practice, and working in groups (teamwork). This course is an introduction to aspects of professional communication in a practice/workplace environment. Common communication dynamics associated with teamwork, breaking bad news, addressing conflict, and macro advocacy will be explored. The course utilises a blended learning format.

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of skills used for communication across the life course and in professional contexts.
  • An understanding of factors that influence interpersonal communication
  • Developed awareness of ways to engage with Māori using indigenous frameworks in a practice context.
  • Explored how to communicate cross-culturally with diverse communities including, but not limited to, Pasifika communities, people with disabilities, and children and older persons.
  • Developed knowledge and skills of micro and meso communication for advocacy.
  • Developed an understanding of the professional, legal and ethical standards for communication in practice.


Any 15 points at 100 level from HSRV or SOWK, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA  or BC, or
from Schedule C to the BSW(Hons).


HSRV201, SOWK201

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Letitia Meadows


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Communication reflection exercise 14 Aug 2023 30% 1800 words including references
Social assessment 18 Sep 2023 35% Utilising observation - 1500 words including references
Critical analysis and advocacy plan 20 Oct 2023 35% 2500 words including references

Textbooks / Resources

Throughout the course recommended readings and resources will be uploaded to the course AKO|LEARN site.

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 SOWK206 Occurrences

  • SOWK206-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023