SOWK612-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)

Tino Rangatiratanga and Mana Motuhake in Practice

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 provides a critical analysis of culture, diversity and contemporary debates within Aotearoa New Zealand society. There is a focus on racial diversity and the part that the Treaty of Waitangi plays in developing biculturalism as a precursor to multiculturalism.

This course draws together considerations for effective social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi based society. Te Tiriti is the basis for relationships in Aotearoa and provides a template for how we work together and with each other. It also considers issues of cultural identity, ethnic relations, and power and control as the basis for cross-cultural work with ethnic minorities and settler communities. A marae-based hui is a course requirement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of how social work contributes to a range of welfare, health, justice and educational services.
  • Understanding of the contributions that social work can make to welfare, wellbeing and social change.
  • Critically analyse the role of culture in social work provision.
  • Critically analyse the influence of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi in social work provision.

  • Critically examine the purpose of social work
  • Identify and analyse principles, perspectives, and models and appropriateness to social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Critically consider the impact of context on social work policy and practice
  • Identify and explore skill sets for social work practice
  • Investigate social work processes
  • Compare and contrast key knowledge bases for social work
  • Explore the integration of purpose, values, skills and knowledge in social work
  • Examine domains of difference and diversity and explore how these factors impact on social work practice
    • 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.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
19 Feb - 25 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 16:00 Noho Marae
13 May - 19 May
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 16:00 Noho Marae
13 May - 19 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kerri Cleaver


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Allyship Scrapbook & Plan part 1 18 Mar 2024 20% Digital scrapbook (one page)
Allyship Scrapbook and Plan Part 2 29 Apr 2024 10% Allyship plan
Gender Constructions 29 Apr 2024 40% Movie written analysis. Essay format 2,500 words.
Tino Rangatiratanga 30% Online exam. 5-9 June.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,023.00

* 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.

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  • SOWK612-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)