School of Social Work

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Director of the School.

NOTES: 1) Except where otherwise indicated below, access to Social Work (SW) courses is restricted to those students admitted to a Social Work program:
a) All students are permitted to register for SW 2510 and SW 2700.
b) Students not admitted to a Social Work program can register in one or more of the following courses only with the permission of the instructor: SW 4610, SW 5112, SW 5211, from SW 5220 to 5229, from SW 5520 to 5523 (students admitted to the women's studies minor will be permitted to register for SW 5522), from SW 5610 to 5619, SW 5720, and from SW 5820 to 5829.
c) Students not admitted to a Social Work program but who have completed a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution will be permitted to register in the following courses provided the appropriate prerequisite requirements have been met: Social Work 3510, 4421, 4520
d) Students may be admitted to any Social Work course with the approval of the Director, School of Social Work.
2) Fourth and fifth year electives are not available to third year students. However, all fourth year electives are available to fifth year social work students and fifth year electives are available to fourth year social work students.

2510. Social Policy Formulation and Analysis. Concepts of ecological systems, social responsibility, socioeconomic well-being, prevention, and other social policy and administration concepts are examined and applied to policy analysis and formulation.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Social Work 2510 and the former Social Work 2710.

2700. Social Work Philosophy and Practice. This course provides an over-view of the historical development, philosophical orientation, basic values, principles and knowledge base, and fields of practice of the profession.

3211. Human Behaviour and Social Environment: Individuals and Families. This first foundation course addresses a number of social and behavioral theories and concepts and considers them within the context of major schools of thought for understanding human behaviour and development from a social work perspective. The primary focus is on how theories and information guide social work interventions with individuals and families.
Prerequisites: Psychology 2010, 2011, and 2012.

3220. Human Behaviour and Social Environment: Groups and Society. This second foundation course, normally taught concurrently with Social Work 3211, addresses a number of social, economic, political and behavioral theories and concepts. The primary focus is on society and social groups.
Prerequisites: Psychology 2010, 2011, and 2012.

3320. Social Work Practice: Interviewing and Professional Communication. This second foundation course, normally taught concurrently with Social Work 3211, addresses a number of social, economic, political and behavioral theories and concepts from a social work perspective. The primary focus is on how these theories and information guide social work interventions with society and social groups.
Prerequisites: Psychology 2010, 2011, and 2012.

3321. Biopsychosocial Assessment: Individuals and Families in Community Context. The focus of this course is the development and application of self awareness and theoretical learning with beginning practice skills. Developing awareness of and an ability to apply anti-oppressive practice stance and values in the creation of a biopsychosocial assessment will be emphasized. Upon completion of this course, it is expected that students will be able to conduct and write a biopsychosocial assessment.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3211 and 3220 or consent of instructor.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Social Work 3321 and the former Social Work 4310.

3421. The Process of Change: Middle and End Phase Interventions. This course introduces students to the concept and process of change at both the micro and macro levels of social work practice. This course focuses on the theories, concepts, and skills that enable the social worker to take informed professional action in the middle and end phases of intervention to facilitate positive change.
Prerequisite: Social Work 3320
Corequisite: Social Work 3321

3510. Health and Social Policy Analysis: National and Provincial Programs. This course considers how Canadians have taken social responsibility at National, Provincial, and local levels, with particular reference to Newfoundland. Policies, programs and their organizations are considered in historical, comparative and developmental contexts. Concepts for the assessment and evaluation of policies and programs are reviewed and applied.
Prerequisite: Social Work 2510.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for Social Work 3510 and both the former courses Social Work 3110 and Social Work 4111.

3511. Aboriginal People and Social Policy. The course is designed to provide students with the conceptual tools and knowledge for understanding; the nature of aboriginal historical/structural challenges; the role and operation of aboriginal social policy in Newfoundland and Labrador; and methods of social policy intervention. This course includes a survey of the political, social and economic issues affecting Aboriginal People in Canada, with special reference to the contemporary social policy aspirations of the Inuit people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prerequisites: Social Work 2700, 2510.

3530. Aboriginal Social Development. Integrates community and program development to create a model of aboriginal social development. This course will be offered in aboriginal communities and will develop skills in traditional forms of self-help, strengths assessment, program design, proposal development, resource development and evaluation. Labrador and Newfoundland case studies, exemplifying northern and remote uniqueness as well as aboriginal community issues, will be the foundation of the teaching tools for this course.

4311. Social Work Practice: Counselling and Case Management with Individuals and Families in a Community Context. This is an intervention course which focuses on selected models of practice with individuals and families. Students are introduced to methods and skills derived from a number of theories as applied to social work with an emphasis on work with individuals. Attention will be given to building awareness of links between theory and practice. This course may have a required laboratory period that is in addition to class time. The distance version of the course may include workshops that may be held outside the area in which students are attending placement.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3211, 3220, 3320, 3321.
Co-requisites: Social Work 4315, 4316, 4325, 4326, or equivalent with consent of the Instructor and Field Administrator.
NOTES: 1) Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 4311 and the former Social Work 4310.
2) Part-time students who are employed in a Social Work position may be permitted, with the consent of the course instructor and Part-time Studies Coordinator, to take Social Work 4311 and Social work 4320 without the corequisites.

4315, 4316, 4325, 4326. Social Work Internship. Taken conjointly. Supervised field experience in Social Work practice.
Co-requisite: Social Work 4311.
Prerequisites: Completion of all required third year courses or consent of the Director.

4320. Social Work Practice: Counselling and Case Management with Groups and Communities. This is an intervention course where students are introduced to methods and skills derived from a number of theories as applied to social work with groups and communities with a special emphasis on groups. This course builds directly on constructs and theories introduced in Social Work 4311. This course may have a required laboratory period that is in addition to class time. The distance version of the course may include workshops that may be held outside the area in which students are attending placement.
Prerequisite: Social Work 4311.

4421. Research and Evaluation for Social Work Practice. This course is designed to teach theories, concepts and methods of systematic inquiry. Emphasis is placed on the philosophy and logic of systematic inquiry. These emphases are considered within the context of the relationship between systematic inquiry and professional judgement and action.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 4421 and the former Social Work 4420.

4520. Management and Organization Development for Community Services. This course examines human service organizations and their administration. Management and Organizational Concepts, suitable for the administration of social policies and programs, are addressed, as are ethical and ideological issues for social workers on human service teams. A focus on beginning skills in program planning and continuous quality improvement is included.
Prerequisites: Social Work 2510, 3510 and 3520.

4610. Social Work in Health and Rehabilitation. This course focuses on social work practice in Institutional and Community Settings serving acutely or chronically ill, or permanently disabled persons. It is constructed around a comprehensive model of health, illness, and associated psychosocial factors. Theoretical and service delivery issues are addressed, including social work participation in multidisciplinary teams.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3320, 3321.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 4610 and the former Social Work 5610.

4612. Social Work in Corrections. This course examines criminal and delinquent activities and the provision of services to adult and young offenders. Theories of criminal behaviour are examined and their implication for social work practice addressed.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3320, 3321.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 4612 and the former Social Work 5612.

4614. Social Work in Family and Child Welfare: Prevention, Crisis Intervention and Protection. The rights of children, their needs, specific programs and research findings in child welfare service are examined with particular emphasis on the care and protection of children within a community context. Social work interventions with problems such as child abuse, and other forms of couple and family violence and families experiencing complex problems are addressed.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3320, 3321.

4615. Social Work in Gerontology. This course reviews ageing from a biopsychosocial perspective and examines selected problems of older people in Canadian society, with an emphasis on contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal and Provincial social policies are considered with specific attention given to community services and programs of institutional care.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3320, 3321.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 4615 and the former Social Work 5615.

4616. Social Work in Addictions. This course introduces the problem of modifying chemical use and abuse, its effect on individuals and families throughout the life-cycle, and community responses for prevention and addiction problem management. Social work intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities suffering from the effects of addiction problems is addressed. Skills are tested through a demonstration in a simulation context.
Prerequisite: Social Work 3320, or an equivalent undergraduate counselling course, or some suitable supervised counselling experience, that can be verified, and the permission of the instructor

5112. Family Law for Social Workers. This course provides an introduction to the law, including its origins and present status as it relates to marriage, parenting, separation, divorce, and domestic aspects of criminal law. Attention is paid to evidence gathering, child witness preparation, report writing and court testimony.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 5112 and the former Social Work 4112.

* 5220-5229. Selected Topics in Human Behaviour and the Social Environment.

5315, 5316, 5317, 5318, 5319. Social Work Internship II. Taken conjointly. Supervised field experience in Social Work practice.
Prerequisites: Completion of all required and elective fourth and fifth year courses.

* 5320-5327. Selected Topics in Social Work Practice.

5322. Community Development. This course emphasizes theory and practice of Community Organizing (CO) and Community Development (CD). Ethical dilemmas, legitimacy, accountability and the roles and responsibilities of the worker are examined. Urban, rural and cultural differences are considered in pursuit of the role of effective organizing and development work.
Prerequisites: Social Work 4320, 4325, 4326, or consent of the instructor.
NOTE: Social Work 5322 cannot be substituted for a Social Work elective.

5323. Social Work With Groups. This course focuses on the group as a primary unit of analysis and intervention. Group work practice is examined from a variety of orientations, including therapy, self-help, and organization groups. Students are expected to participate in structured group experiences.
Prerequisites: Social Work 4320, 4325, 4326, or consent of the instructor.
NOTE: Social Work 5323 cannot be substituted for a Social Work elective.

5325. Family Counselling and Therapy. This course prepares students to offer direct service to families and to maintain a family focused practice in a variety of settings. Assessment and intervention skills, and family therapy concepts are addressed. Emphasis is given to nuclear, divorced, blended, and single parent family structures.
Prerequisites: Social Work 4320, 4325, 4326, or consent of the instructor.
NOTE: Social Work 5325 cannot be substituted for a Social Work elective.

5327. Interdisciplinary Course on Family Violence. (Same as Nursing 5327) This course focuses on physical, emotional, and sexual violence throughout the life cycle of the family. Issues of family violence will be addressed using an interdisciplinary framework with emphasis on understanding the nature and impact of family violence, incorporating gender and socio-cultural analysis. Emphasis will be given to causal explanations, common pattern, and short and long-term effects of abuse and on the roles of health professionals in prevention and treatment.
Prerequisites: Social Work 4311, Social Work 4325, Social Work 4326 or consent of the instructor.

5328. Social Work Practice in Child Abuse: From Protection to Prevention. This course further develops the student’s knowledge and skills necessary for prevention, assessment, crisis intervention, apprehension, family reunification, community consultation and community response, in the interest of child protection. Content includes research and best practices informing policy, assessments and standards of practice related to child maltreatment, with special reference to: child sex abuse, physical abuse, emotional neglect and abuse, physical and medical neglect, exploitation, inadequate caretaking, and exposure to violence. This course may include a skills testing component.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3211 and Social Work 3321 or consent of the instructor.

* 5420-5429. Selected Topics in Social Work Research.

5420. Social Work Research and Evaluation: Collecting and Analyzing Data. This course is designed to teach theories, concepts and methods of collecting, organizing and analyzing data for systematic inquiry. Content includes descriptive and inferential statistics, and narrative descriptions.
Prerequisite: Social Work 4421.
NOTE: Social Work 5420 is recommended for students who are considering graduate study in Social Work.

* 5520-5529. Selected Topics in Health and Social Policy.

5522. Women and Social Welfare. This course examines social policies and social services as they affect women in our society. Specific emphasis is placed on women as providers and consumers of social services. Issues related to feminist practice are examined.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 5522 and the former Social Work 5122.

5523. International Social Welfare.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 5523 and the former Social Work 5121.

5610-5619. Selected Fields of Practice.

5613. Social Work in Mental Health. This course provides an overview of the field of Mental Health. Social Work responsibilities are examined in relation to formal and informal mechanisms that bear on an individual's entry into mental illness, explanations of mental illness, the role of institutions, types of treatment, community mental health advocacy and return to the community.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3320 and 3321 or consent of the instructor.

5614. Social Work in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador. The practice of social work in rural and northern communities requires a unique adaptation of social work theory and practice. Due to the limited resources in isolated communities the social worker or human service professional is called upon to utilize specific social work skills. This course examines the practice of rural and northern social work from the perspective of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3320 and 3321 or consent of the instructor.

5720. Seminar on Professional Issues and Interdisciplinary Practice. Integrative study of current professional trends and issues in contention. Dilemmas and tasks in professionalism; such as, contending values; relations among disciplines.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3320 and 3321 or consent of the instructor.

5820-5829. Directed Readings. Consent may be given to senior students to pursue individual studies not duplicative of other studies.
Prerequisite: Consent of Director.

* Selected Topics: Students should consult the School for course offerings listed under selected topics in a given semester.


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