Social Work

  • Dr Annabel Taylor and Dr Jorg Finsterwalder
    Dr Annabel Taylor (Social Work and Human Services) and Dr Jörg Finsterwalder (Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship) are collaborating on government-funded research which focuses on encouraging the uptake of social services by people who might benefit from such services but are not currently being reached or are not accessing them.



Social workers help people to overcome personal and institutional barriers to well-being and achieve their full potential. They work with individuals, families, groups and organisations in a wide range of contexts.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a great option to consider if you are interested in working in a people-focused career. Professionally trained people are needed in increasing numbers to work in the social services, nationally and internationally.

Students develop a strong academic foundation by studying a variety of courses from the social sciences and Māori studies, as well as specialist Social Work topics. Later on in the degree, a fieldwork internship takes place in the community. Combined, this academic and practical foundation equips students with the values, knowledge and skills for employment in the social work profession, as well as in people-related, social policy and research occupations.

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School of Language, Social and Political Sciences

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Location Level 3, Geography/Psychology building - see the School's website for up-to-date location details.

Postal address College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha Private Bag 4800 Christchurch 8140 New Zealand

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