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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Bachelor of Social Work
BSW

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified;

(b) meet the requirements for registration as set down by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of candidates being 'fit and proper persons to practice social work';

(c) provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English, in the form of an overall academic score of at least 6.5 in an IELTS assessment with no band score less than 6.5 within the preceding two years, if English is not the applicant's first language; and

(d) be selected into the programme.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Bachelor of Social Work shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 480 credits, comprising:

(a) Parts One, Two, Three, and Four;

(b) at least four years of study;

and including:

(c) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule to the Degree;

(d) attending field trips, workshops, tutorials, and practice laboratories as required.

Specialisations

3. The Degree of Bachelor of Social Work is awarded without specialisation.

Academic Requirements

4. Every candidate for the Bachelor of Social Work shall complete the required Field Education courses and at least 120 days of approved supervised field education and associated reports, in accordance with the requirements of the following courses:

(a) 179.255 Introduction to Field Education

(b) 179.355 Field Education I

(c) 179.455 Field Education II.

Student Progression

5. Candidates may progress from Parts One to Two, Two to Three, and Three to Four, by passing all courses in the prior part.

6. Notwithstanding Regulation 5:

(a) Candidates shall not enrol in Part II unless they have passed courses to at least 75 credits. The candidate may on the recommendation of Academic Board, be permitted to enrol in approved courses of Part II in the same year that the candidate is enrolled in the remaining courses of the previous part.

(b) Candidates shall not enrol for Part III unless they:

(i) have passed all the compulsory requirements of the previous parts except that a candidate who has passed all the prerequisites for entry to Part III of the degree, except one of the compulsory courses in Part I or Part II may, with the approval of the Academic Board, be permitted to enrol in Part III;

(ii) have been admitted to Part III by a selection process approved by the Head of School; and

(iii) hold a current full driver's licence valid in New Zealand unless otherwise exempted.

(c) Candidates shall not enrol in Part IV unless they have been admitted to Part IV by a selection process approved by the Head of School.

7. Candidates must continue to meet the requirements for registration as set down by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of candidates being 'fit and proper persons to practice social work'; Candidates must advise the Programme Coordinator of any change to their circumstances in this regard within 7 days, including any conviction or criminal charges pending. Annual confirmation of eligibility is required.

8. The Degree of Bachelor of Social Work may be awarded with or without a class of Honours.

Completion Requirements

9. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates will apply.

10. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Diploma in Arts should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

11. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work, the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) Failure to meet the requirements for registration as set down by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of candidates being 'fit and proper persons to practice social work';

(b) Failure to obtain a pass in either 179.355 or 179.455 in two successive attempts;

(c) Persons excluded under clause 11(b) will only be re-admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work with approval of the Academic Board, which may be declined, or granted under such conditions as it may determine.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Social Work

Part One (120 credits from)

Compulsory courses (90 credits from)

150.103 Nau mai e noho: Engaging with Māori 15 credits  
176.101 The Sociological Imagination 15 credits  
179.110 Introducing Social and Community Work Practice 15 credits  
179.155 An Introduction to Helping Skills in Social and Community Work Practice 15 credits  
275.102 Human Development 15 credits R 208.102, 209.102
279.101 Social Policy: An Introduction 15 credits R 179.101

Electives courses to a total of 30 credits drawn from courses offered for other Bachelor's degrees

Part Two (120 credits from)

150.201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society
R 269.274
15 credits  
150.205 Kura Mai Tawhiti: Māori Knowledge 15 credits  
179.202 Applied Research for Social Policy and Social Work 15 credits  
179.210 Social Work Theories, Assessment and Interventions 15 credits P 179.110, 179.155
179.230 The Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand 15 credits  
179.255 Introduction to Field Education 15 credits P 179.155 C 150.201
279.201 Social Policy: Concepts and Theories 15 credits P 279.101 or 179.101 or 200.162; 279.101 or 179.101 for BSW
279.203 Law, Government and Social Policy 15 credits P 279.101 or 179.101 or 200.162 (179.102 to 2009)

Part Three (105 credits from)

179.310 Integrated Practice with Groups and Families 15 credits P 179.210
179.320 Community Development 15 credits  
179.330 Māori Development and the Social Services 15 credits  
179.355 Field Education I 45 credits P 179.255 C 179.310, 179.320, 179.330
279.301 Government Policy, Planning and Administration 15 credits P 279.201 or 179.201

Part Four (135 credits from)

179.410 Social Work Fields of Practice 30 credits  
179.420 Advanced Social Work Practice 30 credits  
179.440 Management in the Social Services 15 credits  
179.455 Field Education II 45 credits P 179.355 C 179.410, 179.420
279.401 Social Policy Evaluation 15 credits P 279.301 or 179.301 R 179.462

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