SOWK304-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Indigenous Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course draws together considerations for effective social work practice in New Zealand's bi-cultural society. It also considers issues of cultural identity, ethnic relations, power and control as the basis for cross-cultural work with ethnic minorities, settler communities and refugees. One or more marae-based hui are a course requirement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate how a treaty-based society impacts on social work practice.
  • Describe the connections between Te Tiriti o Waitangi and social work practice with Māori, both at a policy and practice level.
  • Understanding what tino rangatiratanga is for Māori and how to engage with Māori on this basis.


  • To develop an understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand as a treaty-based society.
  • To develop increased awareness, knowledge and skill in working with whanau, hapū, iwi and hāpori Māori at policy and practice levels.
  • To learn how to be in Māori environments, both Māori and non-Māori.
    • 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 240 points at 100 and 200 level from the Schedule C and E of the BSW(Hons). Head of Department approval mandatory.



Equivalent Courses


Timetable Note

Marae overnight stay 04 to 05 May - attendance compulsory.


Kerri Cleaver


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Scrapbook 20 Mar 2023 20% Part 1 of 2 of this assessment
Allyship 20 Mar 2022 20% Part 2 of 2 of this assessment
Gender Constructions 28 Apr 2023 30% Movie written analysis - 2500 words
Tino Rangatiratanga 09 Jun 2023 30% Online Exam

Textbooks / Resources

Throughout the course readings and resources will be uploaded to SOWK304 LEARN site.

Course links

Library portal

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

During the first wananga class students will be expected to learn a basic mihi and will have the opportunity to practise this throughout the course.

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 Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SOWK304 Occurrences

  • SOWK304-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023