HSSW708 – Health Social Work

Module code
Module title
Health Social Work
The aim of this module is to critically analyse contemporary theory, approaches and debates related to health social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • HS0114
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Critically examine concepts and definitions related to health and well-being.
2. Critically analyse structural drivers and impacts on health in Aotearoa New Zealand.
3. Critically analyse a range of contemporary issues within the field of health social work.
4. Evaluate the application of social work practice theories and models to the field of health social work.
5. Critically reflect on unique professional practice considerations related to the field of health social work.
• Definitions of health and well-being
• Social and cultural determinants of health and well-being
• Hauora Maaori
• Health across the life span
• Legal aspects of health social work
• Inter-professional and multidisciplinary work
• Technology and health social work
• Specialist areas of health social work practice
• Role of social work across health settings.
• Professional social work practice considerations (for example, inter-professional practice, ethics).
Teaching and Learning Strategy
• Lecture
• Small Group Activities
• Tutorials
• Case studies
• Web-enhanced activities
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is achievement based and the application and assessment of transferable skills are integrated in the assessment tasks. The overall mark to pass the module must be 50%.

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.