HSSW507 – Introduction to Social Work Fields of Practice

Module code
Module title
Introduction to Social Work Fields of Practice
Students will develop knowledge of a variety of theories, models and perspectives of Social Work. Students will demonstrate an understanding of selected theories and models in relation to Social Work Scopes of Practice including roles and fields of practice, particularly in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • HS0114
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
On the successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
Describe social worker roles and fields of practice.
Identify models of practice in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand
Recognise the relationship between theory and practice in the social work field.
• Social work perspectives, models and theories culturally relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand.
• Maaori theories and models (including but not limited to Te Whare Tapa Wha, Te Wheke, Powhiri Poutama).
• Pasifika (including but not limited to Fonofale framework) and other indigenous theories and models.
• Traditional western and emerging social work perspectives, models and theories including (but not limited to) task-centred, cognitive behavioural, attachment, ecological systems and critical theories.
• Social Work Scopes of Practice including (but not limited to), family violence, mental health, disability, health, addictions, community development, corrections, child welfare, refugee and migrant settlement.
• Evidence based practice - the relationship between social science research and social work practice.
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the course. This will be updated annually.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-Integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.