School of Social Work

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NOTES: 1) Except where otherwise indicated below, access to Social Work (SW) courses is restricted to those students admitted to a Social Work programme:
a) All students are permitted to register for SW 2510 and SW 2700.
b) Students not admitted to a Social Work programme can register in one or more of the following courses only with the permission of the instructor: From SW 4610 to 4617, 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 programme 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 Administration: Introduction to 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. Introduction to Social Work. 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: Individual and Families. This first foundation course addresses a number of social and behavioral theories and concepts and considers them within the context of four major schools of thought for understanding human behaviour. The primary focus is on the individual and the family.
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.

3230. Cultural Camp. Provides the opportunity for social work students newly admitted to the Diploma in Social Work to appreciate and affirm their own individual and collective identity as aboriginal people with a close connection to the land; to learn about and appreciate ways of helping and healing traditional to their own culture; and to begin their own journey in social work education towards a goal of becoming social workers who can effectively serve their own people by combining skills and knowledge traditonal to their own people with skills and knowledge appropriately adapted from traditional BSW education. The course includes a one week field trip to an isolated camp in coastal Labrador, where students and instructors will live according to traditional cultural practices under the guidance of community elders.

3320. Methods and Skills for Intervention: Communication and Relationships. This is the first intervention course. The course introduces students to the use of professional relationships, basic communication skills and interviewing skills. Attention is given to the development of self-awareness and professional identity.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3211 and 3220 or consent of instructor.

3321. Methods and Skills for Intervention: Assessment of Individuals and Families in Community Context. This is the second intervention course normally taught concurrently with Social Work 3320. Assessment processes and guidelines are considered within the context of four major schools of thought for understanding human behaviour. Emphasis is on the development of skills necessary to formulate professional judgments regarding individuals and families in a community context.
Prerequisite: 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.

3510. Social Administration: National and Provincial Policies and Programmes. This course considers how Canadians have taken social responsibility at National, Provincial, and local levels, with particular reference to Newfoundland. Policies, programmes and their organization are considered in historical, comparative and developmental contexts. Critical analysis includes a special emphasis on jurisdictional complexity and dissonance. Concepts for the assessment and evaluation of policies and programmes 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.

3520. Social Administration: Formal Communication for Professional Practice. This course focuses on theory, concepts and skills that enable the social worker to take informed professional action through written and oral communication, including both professional reports and formal presentations.
Prerequisite: Social Work 2510.

3530. Aboriginal Social Development. Integrates community and programme 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, programme 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. Methods and Skills for Intervention: Individuals and Families in a Community Context. This is the third intervention course which focuses on selected applied-derived models of practice with individuals and families. Students are introduced to methods and skills derived from general systems theory, cognitive behaviorism and social-interactional models. This course may have a required laboratory period.
Prerequisites: Social Work 3211, 3220, 3320, 3321.
Co-requisites: Social Work 4315, 4316, 4325, 4326, or equivalent with consent of the Instructor and Field Coordinator.
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 co-requisites.

4315, 4316, 4325, 4326. Field Placement. 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. Methods and Skills for Intervention: Groups and Families in the Community Context. This is a continuation of Social Work 4311. The course focuses on selected applied-derived models of practice with Groups and Families. This course may have a required laboratory period.
Prerequisite: Social Work 4311.

4421. Systematic Inquiry and the Evaluation of Information. 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. Social Administration: The Administration of Policies and Services. This course examines human service organizations and their administration. Management and Organizational Concepts, suitable for the administration of social policies and programmes, are addressed, as are ethical and ideological issues for social workers on human service teams. A focus on beginning skills in programme planning and development 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.
NOTES: 1) See exceptions to prerequisites at end of course description for Social Work 4617.
2) 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.
NOTES: 1) See exceptions to prerequisites at end of course description for Social Work 4617.
2) Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 4612 and the former Social Work 5612.

4614. Social Work in Family and Child Welfare. The rights of children, their needs, specific programmes and research findings in child welfare service are examined with particular emphasis on trends in child care. Social work intervention with problems such as domestic violence and multi-problem families are addressed.
*Prerequisites: Social Work 3320, 3321.
NOTES: 1) See exceptions to prerequisites at end of course description for Social Work 4617.
2) Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 4614 and the former Social Work 5614.

4615. Social Work in Gerontology. This course reviews aging from a "biopsychosocial" perspective and examines selected problems of older people in Canadian society. The demographic characteristics of the Canadian population are considered in relation to Federal and Provincial social policies.
*Prerequisites: Social Work 3320, 3321.
NOTES: 1) See exceptions to prerequisites at end of course description for Social Work 4617.
2) 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 mood-modifying chemical use and abuse, their effect on individuals and families throughout the life-cycle, and community responses to 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.
*Prerequisites: Social Work 3320, 3321.
NOTES: 1) See exceptions to prerequisites at end of course description for Social Work 4617.
2) Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 4616 and the former Social Work 5616.

4617. Social Work in Residential Care. This course examines practice theory and skills for social work with residents and families associated with residential care and treatment.
*Prerequisites: Social Work 3320, 3321.

*Students who have completed a degree from a recognized post secondary institution and who have been admitted to the School, may take courses SW 4610, 4612, 4614, 4615, 4616 and 4617 without the prerequisites.

5000. Relapse Prevention in Addictions Counselling. This course focuses on practice knowledge and skills suitable for psychosocial clinical intervention in the interest of early brief intervention and the prevention of relapse, with individuals in their social-environmental context. Social policy implications of relapse prevention practice, will be addressed. Skills are tested through a demonstration in a simulation context.
NOTES: 1) Social Work 5000 cannot be used as an elective in the B.S.W. Programme.
2) Social Work 5329 is recommended.

5010. Addictions Counselling with Families. This course focuses on practice knowledge and skills suitable for psychosocial clinical intervention with individuals and families affected by addiction problems within the family. Included in the content are: fetal alcohol syndrome, children of alcoholics, adolescent abusers, the adult female spouse or parent, the adult male spouse or parent, alcohol-complicated marriages, the place of self-help and mutual aid as an adjunct to clinical intervention, the family within the larger societal context.
Prerequisite: Social Work 4616.
NOTES: 1) Social Work 5010 cannot be used as an elective in the B.S.W. Programme.
2) Social Work 5329 is recommended.

5020. Group Counselling in Addictions. This course focuses on practice knowledge and skills suitable for psychosocial clinical intervention with addictions problems, through the use of group methods and group support. Included in the content are: group dynamics, format and organization; the group as a unit of analysis and intervention; residential groups and milieu therapy; self-help and mutual aid; and groups for spouses, adolescents and children. Part of the course necessitates experiential activity in the class as a group participant. Skills are tested through a demonstration in a simulation context.
Prerequisite: Social Work 4616.
NOTES: 1) Social Work 5020 cannot be used as an elective in the B.S.W. Programme.
2) Social Work 5329 is recommended.

5030. Clinical Consultation in Addictions. This course focuses on the demonstration, by the student, of an ability to apply the knowledge and skills associated with clinical counselling for problems of addiction. The course involves the preparation of written, audio and video true case material (including suitable consent forms), for presentation and self-analysis. The context of the presentation for some of the student's material, must be that of a formal case conference and case consultation. Skills are also tested through demonstration in a simulation context.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Social Work 5329, 5000, 5010; 5020; AN ACCEPTABLE WRITTEN PLAN, APPROVED BY THE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME COORDINATOR, SUITABLE TO MEET THE DEMANDS FOR SKILL DEMONSTRATION WITH ADDICTIONS CLIENTS, IS REQUIRED BEFORE ADMISSION TO SOCIAL WORK 5030.
NOTE: Social Work 5030 cannot be used as an elective in the B.S.W. Programme.

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.

5211. Human Sexuality for Social Work Practice. Emphasis is on the biological, psychosocial and cultural aspects of gender and sexual expression. Research findings are examined and an orientation to values and contemporary sexual behaviours are addressed. Sexual problems and points of intervention are discussed.
Prerequisites or corequisites: Social Work 4311, 4315, 4316, 4325, 4326 or consent of the instructor.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both Social Work 5211 and the former Social Work 4211.

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

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

* 5320-5328. Selected Topics in Social Work Practice.
NOTE: Social Work 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325 cannot be substituted for a Social Work elective.

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.

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.

5324. Counselling With Couples. In this course the couple is the primary unit of analysis and intervention. Theory and skill are considered from several perspectives in relation to marriage preparation, satisfaction, conflict, and dissolution.
Prerequisites: Social Work 4320, 4325, 4326, or consent of the instructor.

5325. Family Centered Social Work. 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.

5329. Biopsychosocial Assessment in Addictions. This course focuses on practice knowledge and skills suitable for the comprehensive psychosocial clinical assessment of addiction problems and those persons exposed to problems of substance abuse, with special reference to individuals, couples, families, children, youth and adult children of alcoholics--within their societal context. While the main focus is on alcohol use and abuse, the problems of prescription drug and street drug abuse, will be addressed. Skills are tested through a demonstration in a simulation context.

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

5420. Systematic Inquiry: 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 Social Welfare Administration.

5520. Supervision and Staff Development in Social Work.

5521. Social Administration: Policy Formulation and Analysis in Practice. This course examines theories, concepts and methods for critical analysis and formulation of social policy within the context of programme planning, implementation and evaluation. Emphasis is given to selected policies and programmes in Newfoundland.
Prerequisite: Social Work 4520.

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 in Professional Issues in Social Work. 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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