FSSW708 – Rural Social Work

Module code
Module title
Rural Social Work
The aim of this module is for students to extend and apply knowledge and skills gained in Introduction to Society, Introduction to Social Work Practice, Applied Social Policy, Applied Social Work Practice 2, Advanced Social Work Practice and Advanced Professional Practice to Rural Social Work. They will analyse and critique current thinking about the rural social context, rural social work practice and social policy as it impacts on rural communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through an interview and review of literature students will build a comprehensive understanding of daily life for rural dwellers. They will use their knowledge, skills and a reading of literature to analyse in depth a specific field of practice in the rural context.
  • FA0802
  • HS0114
  • HS1302
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1.Compare, contrast and evaluate the differences between rural and urban living.
2.Critically analyse social issues, policy and bicultural considerations in a rural context.
3.Articulate and critique effective practice social work in a rural environment within a bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand
- Exploration of the rural urban continuum
- Awareness of the urban centric nature of social work
- Sociological and social work perspectives and narratives about daily lived experiences of rural dwellers
- Current social issues in rural communities in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Social policy which impacts directly on rural communities in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Social work skills relevant in the rural context
- Understanding what it means to be a rural practitioner in a bicultural context, the professional issues and challenges
- In depth exploration of a field of practice of interest in relation to rural social work practice
Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Lectures
- Tutorials
- Workshops
- Individual exercises
- Watching videos
- Case studies
- Guest speakers
- Reading of texts
- Class discussions
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is achievement based and the application and assessment of transferable skills are integrated in the assessment tasks. Students are required to complete each of the assessment tasks with a result of at least 35. The overall mark to pass the module must be 50.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Required Text:
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the course. This will be updated annually.