A Relational Framework for Social Work Theory and Practice

Developing a relational-praxis framework for different theories of social work, models of practice and approaches to engagement, assessment and intervention.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Social Work

Course planning information

Course notes

1. Students in the Bachelor of Social Work enrolled in the Auckland Block course offering must attend the in-person block workshops and skills labs. Students enrolled in the Distance course offering must attend the in-person contact workshop. Students enrolled in the Manawatū Internal course offering must attend the in-person weekly tutorials. 2. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) Block course offering at Auckland must attend the in-person block courses and skills labs. Students enrolled in the Distance course offering must attend the in-person contact workshop. Students enrolled in the Manawatū Internal course offering must attend the in-person weekly tutorials.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Examine and describe key relational assessments, theories and interventions used in social work practice with individuals in the context of their whānau, families, and communities.
  • 2 Develop, apply, and reflect on relationship building, interviewing and interpersonal skills for social work practice.
  • 3 Explore how your worldview shapes your practice in respect of individuals and whānau and families.
  • 4 Describe and reflect critically on social work practice theories and models.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 35%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 2 35%
Portfolio 3 4 30%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.




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