Integrated Social Work Practice - Decolonising Social Work

Theories and skills of group dynamics, collaboration, conflict management and culturally appropriate communication. Students develop their facilitation skills for working with people from diverse and culturally different backgrounds.

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 Block course offering must attend the in-person block courses. Student enrolled in the Distance course offering must attend the in-person contact workshops. 2. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) enrolled in the Auckland Block course offering must attend the in-person block courses. Students enrolled in the Distance course offering must attend the in-person contact workshops.

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 200-level before enrolling in 300-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 Critique the current state of social work knowledge and practice, with particular reference to working with groups, under-served groups and mandated interventions.
  • 2 Reflect on how personal, societal and professional factors affect the social work role in working with individuals and groups.
  • 3 Apply key skills concepts, theories and models which guide practice with groups.
  • 4 Develop an integrated framework for practice that articulates a basis for analysis (assessment) and a basis for action (intervention).
  • 5 Use a decolonisation lens to critique the influence of western society on indigenous ways of knowing and doing.

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


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 40%
Written Assignment 3 4 5 40%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 20%

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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