SOCWK202-20A (TGA)

Social Work Approaches and Fields of Practice

30 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Social Work

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Paper Description

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This 30 points 200 level paper discusses various approaches, methods and models of social work practice including Māori modalities and critically examines their application to various fields of practice including mental health, health, addictions, and disability.

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Paper Structure

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This paper will use a combination of classroom-based lectures, case study analysis, guest speakers, role plays and discussions for teaching and learning. The four hours each week will normally begin with karakia and panui, followed by a lecture and discussion. The lectures will explore the content of the paper through presentations, discussion and activities. This paper is supported through Moodle and students need to actively engage with Moodle to access readings, lecture notes and other items of interest and to submit their assignments.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Assess the needs and risks associated with individuals, groups and whānau and develop intervention strategies in various fields of social work practice such as mental health, health, disabilities and addictions
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  • Critically examine the social constructions of mental health and the purpose,dimensions and role of social work practice in the field of mental health
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major mental health issues that are common in social work practice settings
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  • Apply crisis intervention and task centred approaches in social work practice
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  • Apply Māori modalities in social work practice
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the skills necessary for working in a range of social service agencies
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Assessment

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The assessment of this paper is designed to determine the ability to apply concepts, models, tools and theories discussed in the paper through essay and case studies and developing critical and reflective thinking through practice reflection.

There are four assessment tasks (refer to the table below) for this paper and the final grade is determined by the total marks received for all the four assignments. The students must submit/attempt the two compulsory assignments by the dates specified to receive a grade for this paper. Students who fail to submit/attempt the compulsory assignments will receive an IC grade if no other provisions have been made under the policy on special considerations for missed assessment.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Moodle Quiz
20 Mar 2020
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Essay
3 Apr 2020
11:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Case Study Role Play
14 May 2020
9:00 AM
25
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Oral Presentation-Practice reflection
4 Jun 2020
9:00 AM
30
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are no prescribed textbooks for this paper, but students are encouraged to read the strongly recommended books below which cover different topics of the paper.
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Recommended Readings

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  • Bland, R., Renouf, N., & Tullgren, A. (2015). Social work practice in mental health: An introduction (2nd ed.). Allen & Unwin.
  • Watson, D., & West, J. (2006). Social work process and practice: Approaches, knowledge & Skills.Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Teater, B. (2014). An introduction to applying social work theories and methods(2nd ed.).Open University Press.
  • Payne, M. (2014). Modern social work theory (4th ed.).Palgrave Macmillan.

Students are expected to read the weekly prescribed readings listed on Moodle before each class to prepare for the lecture.

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Other Resources

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  • Social Work in Mental Health Journal published by Taylor and Francis
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Online Support

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Moodle will be used as an online learning platform for this paper. Moodle can be accessed from elearn.waikato.ac.nz. All paper related communication will be managed through Moodle. Students can contact the lecturer via email (preferred) or using the message function on Moodle. Students are encouraged to use the Student’s Forum available on Moodle if you think that your enquiry could be useful for other students as well.

The lecture notes may not be available on Moodle before the lectures; however, students can download lecture notes from Moodle within 24 hours of the lecture. Students are advised that reading these notes is not a substitute for attending lectures and taking one’s own notes. The provision of any materials from guest lecturers is at the discretion of the speaker. Students are required to do weekly readings before each class to prepare for the lecture and discussions. The weekly required readings will be listed on Moodle. These readings or a link to the reading sources will be available on Moodle under each lecture topic. Details of any additional recommended readings will be made available on Moodle.

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Workload

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  • The total hours for this paper are 300 hrs (30 points). This paper has 48 hours of class contact time (4 hours/week). Successful completion of the course will require approximately an additional 252 hours for study and assessment preparation. This means students need to spend at least 20 hours per week working in addition to lectures. These figures are only approximations as students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
  • Students are expected to attend all lectures and actively participate in classroom activities
  • Students are expected to complete the weekly required readings in order to come prepared for the class discussions and activities.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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All SOCWK coded papers
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: SOCWK101, SOCWK102, SOCW101 or SOCW102

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: SOCW202

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