Māua ko Te Tiriti o Waitangi

An examination of self and cultural positioning within Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Students will be able to create meaning and make sense of their personal journey as Tangata Whenua or Tangata Tiriti, their social citizenship and active responsibility in advancing Māori aspirations in Aotearoa. Students will develop confidence in utilising Māori models of practice in whānau hui and social work practice from a te ao Māori perspective.

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

All assessments are compulsory.

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 Explore bi-culturalism and kaupapa Māori in the context of social work.
  • 2 Demonstrate engagement with a range of Māori models of practice in social and community work contexts.
  • 3 Apply a decolonisation framework to social work practice.
  • 4 Reflect on the how the immersive and cultural learning of the noho marae contributes to an individual’s practice.
  • 5 Examine their own cultural positioning as social workers in Aotearoa.

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


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Portfolio 1 2 3 5 30%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 3 4 5 40%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 5 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.