Social Work (2018)

Social Work is a practice-based profession and academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Social work is underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge. Social Workers aspire to engage with people, their families, communities and social structures to address life challenges, enhance wellbeing and promote self-determination and autonomy. Principles of human rights, social justice, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to Social Work.

Social Work is available as a specified programme for the BSW, which may be awarded with honours.

To complete the specified programme in Social Work, students must complete the programme set out below. Registered social workers with at least five years relevant social work experience can upgrade their historical, recognised social work qualifications to a BSW. To complete the BSW upgrade, students must complete 120 points comprising SSRP202, SOCW303, SOPCW401, SOCW402, SOCW404 and one of SOCW201, SOCW202, SOCW305 or a relevant paper above 100 level approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor.

For more information, contact the Programme Convenor for Social Work.

Note: SOCW101, SOCW102, SOCW201, SOCW202 and SOCW305 are available to all students who have met any required prerequisites. With regard to SOCW303, prerequisites may be considered met for candidates currently in social work practice upon application to the Convenor of the Social Work programme. All other papers with the subject code SOCW are only available to students enrolled in the BSW. The Social Work programme is only available at the University of Waikato at Tauranga.


  • Year 1

  • Year 2
    Students must take the following papers and a further 20 points chosen from HDCO200, HDCO201, HDCO202, PHIL218, PSYC228, PSYC229, SOCY204, TIKA263, TIKA264, TTWA201 or a paper approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor.

  • Year 3
    Students must take the following papers plus a further 20 points chosen from HDCO200, HDCO201, HDCO202, PHIL218, PSYC228, PSYC229, SOCY204, TIKA263, TIKA264, TTWA201 or HDCO300, HDCO301, HDCO302, PSYC301, PSYC310, PSYC319, PSYC338, SOCP302, SOCY311, TIKA363 or a paper approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor.

  • Year 4
    Students must take SOCW400, SOCW402 and SOCW404 and either i) SOCW401 plus a further 20 points chosen from HDCO300, HDCO301, HDCO302, PSYC301, PSYC310, PSYC319, PSYC338, SOCP302, SOCY311, TIKA363 or a paper approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor or ii) SOCW490.

    Students wishing to be considered for the award of Honours must include SOCW490 in their programme of study.

  • BSW (Upgrade)
    To complete the BSW upgrade, students must complete 120 points comprising SSRP202, SOCW303, SOPCW401, SOCW402, SOCW404 and one of SOCW201, SOCW202, SOCW305 or a relevant paper above 100 level approved by the Social Work Programme Convenor.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert (SocWork), PGDip (SocWork), Master of Social Work (MSW)
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Social Work papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 400 level Social Work papers or all their undergraduate Social Work papers. Candidates who do not meet this requirement may be considered for admission based on academic merit and relevant experience, at the discretion of the Academic Board.

    To complete a PGCert (SocWork) students must complete 60 points at 500 level, from of SOCW501, SOCW502, SOCW503, SOCW504 or SOCW505.

    To complete a PGDip (SocWork) students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including SOCW506 or another approved research methods paper and at least 60 points from SOCW501, SOCW502, SOCW503, SOCW504 or SOCW505.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSW, a student must have completed a BSW or a BSW(Hons) and have gained at least a B average in all of their undergraduate Social Work papers.

    Students must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including SOCW506 or another approved research methods paper; and at least one of SOCW501, SOCW502, SOCW503, SOCW504 or SOCW505; and a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis, or a 60 point dissertation; with any remaining points taken from the papers listed for the MSW.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information as of 20 September 2017 4:40pm

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