Bachelor of Social Practice (Community Development)

Programme summary  Career opportunities  Courses & timetables  Admission requirements

7, 360 3.0
Full-time for three years or part-time options available
Starts February (full-time) or July (part-time)
80 full-time and 50 part-time places across all majors
By 22 November (late applications will be accepted)
Waitakere campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$5267 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Interested in a career in community development? Develop your understanding of community change and management, and further your knowledge of Pakeha, Maori and Pacific Island cultural practices.

Develop the skills for a career in community development. The Bachelor of Social Practice (Community Development) helps you gain a critical awareness of social and cultural contexts, social justice, class, gender and other issues. Explore community and organisational change, community empowerment, social policy and legislation, sociological analysis, and narrative ideas in counselling and social practice. Further your knowledge of Pakeha, Maori and Pacific Island cultural practices, psychology, mental health and risk assessment.


  • The only programme of its kind in Australasia.
  • Industry recognition: the Bachelor of Social Practice (Community Development) is recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board for registration.
  • Relevant to a wide range of social, counselling, disability, mental health and education services.
  • Emphasis on the practical application of theory.
  • A critical focus on social justice.
  • Work placement in a community organisation.
  • Two years to decide if you want to specialise in community development or social work.


Last edited: 04 September 2013