Social & Community Development

    Course details

    • Code: SSSW.7305
    • Fee: $716*
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 15
    • EFTS: 0.125
    • Subject: Social Work
Study optionsFull-time
Time in class60 (approximate total hours)
Offered (indicative)Semester 1
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)

Course Aim

The aim of this course is for students to understand concepts and theories of social change applicable to social work, and to learn how to apply them in practice. The knowledge and skills gained in SSSW.5105 and SSSW.6215 to analyse social issues including their social policy dimensions will be developed further to inform interventions at the social and community development level. In particular, students will learn policy and service evaluation frameworks. Students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of social change practice and learn the major social change theories and models of intervention that can be used to address a social issue.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate social policy and social service provision;
    · Understand policy evaluation within the policy cycle and be able to locate, interpret and critique policy evaluation information
    · Understand social service programme evaluation and be able to locate, interpret and critique service evaluation information
  2. critically explore and analyse a social issue;
    · Contrast and compare differing social problem discourses and perspectives
  3. design an appropriate social change theoretical approach to address a social issue; and
    · Contrast and compare differing social change theoretical perspectives to address a social issue
  4. design specific intervention strategies to address a social issue.
    · Analyse the utility/applicability of different social change intervention theories/models to a social issue
    · Apply social change intervention theories/models to a social issue

*Course cost/fee: Indicative standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the Programmes and Tuition Fees for International Students information page.

*Course cost/fee last updated 13-Dec-2016

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017