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Social Work Education in New Zealand

2000px-Flag_of_New_Zealand.svgNew Zealand is one of the countries I haven’t yet visited but thanks to the support of the social work educator from New Zealand, Neil Ballantyne, I was able to verify the list of Schools that are currently offer social work degrees in New Zealand. The list can be found on the Social Worker Registration Board website under New Zealand Recognised Social Work Qualifications and included on the Schools of Social Work Around the World Google Map:

NZL Ara Institute of Canterbury http://www.ara.ac.nz/study-options/qualifications-and-courses/programmes/Bachelor-of-Social-Work.xml
NZL BTI – Bethlehem Tertiary Institute https://www.bti.ac.nz/social-work.html
NZL Eastern Institute Of Technology https://www.eit.ac.nz/programmes/bachelor-of-social-work/
NZL Massey University http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/programme-course/programme.cfm?prog_id=92512
NZL Manukau Institute of Technology https://www.manukau.ac.nz/about/faculties-schools/education-and-social-services
NZL Northland Polytechnic: Tai Tokerau Wananga (North Tech) https://www.northtec.ac.nz/programmes/social-services/bachelor-of-applied-social-work
NZL The Open Polytechnic Of New Zealand https://www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/qualifications-and-courses/op7400-bachelor-of-social-work/
NZL Te Wānanga o Aotearoa https://www.twoa.ac.nz/Nga-Akoranga-Our-Programmes/Social-Services/Bachelor-of-Social-Work?sc_lang=en
NZL Te Wānanga o Raukawa https://www.wananga.com/degrees-certificates,portfolio,,4,Bachelor-of-Social-Work.html
NZL The University of Auckland http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/schools-departments/chsswk/social-work-home.html
NZL UNITEC Institute of Technology https://www.unitec.ac.nz/career-and-study-options/social-work-and-community-development
NZL University of Canterbury http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/future-students/qualifications-and-courses/bachelors-degrees/bachelor-of-social-work/
NZL University of Otago http://www.otago.ac.nz/sgsw/study/socialwork/
NZL University of Waikato http://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/subjects/social-work
NZL Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology – Tokoroa Campus https://toiohomai.ac.nz/study/bachelor-social-work
NZL Whitireia New Zealand https://www.whitireia.ac.nz/study-programmes/social-and-community-work
NZL The Waikato Institute of Technology https://www.wintec.ac.nz/study-at-wintec/courses/health-and-wellbeing/social-work/bachelor-of-social-work
NZL Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology https://www.nmit.ac.nz/study/programmes/bachelor-of-social-work/

If one wants to learn more about the development of social work in New Zealand the following academic sources can be helpful:

500+ page overview of the history of social work in New Zealand including the history of social work education in New Zealand

Nash, E. G. M. A. (1998). People, policies and practice: social work education in Aotearoa/New Zealand from 1949-1995: a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy and Social Work at Massey University (Doctoral dissertation, Massey University).

Liz Beddoe provides a comprehensive overview of the current concerns in social work education in New Zealand:

Beddoe, L. (2007). Change, complexity, and challenge in social work education in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Australian Social Work, 60(1), 46-55.

Beddoe, L., & Duke, J. (2009). Registration in New Zealand social work: The challenge of change. International Social Work, 52(6), 785-797.

Beddoe, L. (2015). Continuing education, registration and professional identity in New Zealand social work. International Social Work, 58(1), 165-174.

Some discussion on Field Education in New Zealand can be found in the following article:

Hay, K., & O’Donoghue, K. (2009). Assessing social work field education: Towards standardising fieldwork assessment in New Zealand. Social Work Education, 28(1), 42-53.

Hope one day I will visit New Zealand and learn more about the development of social work education there.

Sasha Kondrashov, PhD


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