HSSW601 – Applied Social Policy

Module code
Module title
Applied Social Policy
Students will examine, within a historical context, a range of approaches to social policy. Students will explore relationships between policy and government, the community, social services and wider society, in Aotearoa New Zealand within an international context. This module extends students' understanding and analysis of social problems/issues, as initiated in Introduction to Society.
  • HS0114
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Explore and discuss social policy processes and their application to social service fields
2. Analyse the relationship between social policy and social practice.
3. Describe legal and political processes in relation to formulating legislation.
4. Examine the influence of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi in social policy development in Aotearoa New Zealand
5. Analyse the impact of globalisation and sustainability on policy in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Within a global, Aotearoa New Zealand and Maaori context:
- Definitions, purpose and history of social policy
- Interconnections between social policy, social practice, social research, social change and social wellbeing
- Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and social policy
- Policy and law making processes
- Social policy and political ideologies, including Maaaori political ideologies.
- Social policy analysis
- The structure and role of the state and the welfare state
- The impact of social policy on social services
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.
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 the commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.