HSSW605 – Applied Professional Practice

Module code
Module title
Applied Professional Practice
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to analyse the impacts of social, legal, political and economic policies on social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Current and topical issues in social work practice will be explored and analysed. Students will support their learning through experiences gained in voluntary work. The aim of this module is to build off the theoretical foundations and practice principles of Year One and demonstrate integration of learning.
  • 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. Evaluate social, political and economic issues which impact on social service delivery
2. Observe, analyse and discuss Kaupapa Mori, bicultural and western approaches to practice and applications within social service delivery
3. Analyse dynamics of power, ethical obligations and dilemmas that occur in social work practice and develop the skills and knowledge to assess such situations guided by professional values and principles of practice.
4. Analyse how key social work legislation impacts on social work practice within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand
5. Discuss strategies to respond to current professional social work issues.
6. Use reflection as a professional tool and process
- The context within which social work is practiced in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Ethics in social work
- Current practice issues (e.g. workplace bullying, mangerialism, self-care, keeping safe,)
- The analysis of Kaupapa Mori, Bicultural, Pasifika, Multicultural and Western approaches to social work
- The role of power, privilege and oppression and its relationship to social work practice
- Self and professional reflection
- 40 hours of voluntary work
Teaching and Learning Strategi
- Lectures
- Tutorials
- Undertake 40 hours of volunteer work
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the course. This will be updated annually.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. The application and assessment of transferable skills are integrated into the assessment tasks. To pass this module all assessments must be submitted and an overall pass mark of 50 is required. Students must also meet all the requirements of the competency based assessment task to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks from the achievement based tasks.

The BSW is an applied academic degree which includes the requirement that students demonstrate professional practice in a range of ways. This includes high levels of attendance and participation. To this end, students who do not meet the 80 attendance criteria (without approved reason) will fail the respective module.