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Course code

BSWL600

Level

6

Credits

15.0

Estimated hours

150.0

This course will enable the social work student to explore national and international law as 'rules of human behaviour' which concern human relationships, rights, duties, choices and responsibilities. The student will analyse the relevance of law for social work practice and for the users of social work services with particular reference to law and legal processes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Learning outcomes

  • analyse the role of law in society. 1.1 the role of law as ‘rules of human behaviour’ is analysed. 1.2 concepts of rights, duties, choices and responsibilities are discussed and related to social work practice in a legal context.
  • explain and illustrate the legal implications of statutory and non-statutory social work roles and appraise the importance of Aotearoa New Zealand law and legal processes for professional generic social work practice, for social work agencies and for users of social work services. 2.1 the impact of Aotearoa New Zealand law and legal processes on professional generic social work practice is appraised. 2.2 the impact of Aotearoa New Zealand law and legal processes on social work agencies is appraised. 2.3 the impact of Aotearoa New Zealand law and legal processes on users of social work services is appraised. 2.4 legal responsibilities of statutory social work roles are explained and compared to non-statutory social work. 2.5 discuss specific areas of law and international codes relevant to generic social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand relating to families, children, older people, mental, physical and economic wellbeing.