Office of the Registrar
School of Social Work (2017/2018)
11 Course Descriptions

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for 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 Dean of the School.

All courses of the School are designated by SCWK.

1710

Social Work Philosophy and Practice

provides an overview of the historical development, philosophical orientation, basic values, principles and knowledge base, and fields of practice of the profession. The course will examine critical social problems that impact societies with an emphasis on the quest for social justice at local, national and global levels.

CR: the former SCWK 2700

2211

Diverse Theories for Social Work Practice

provides an overview of critical and practice theories that explain problems and guide the change process. The course will involve students in a critical analysis of a broad range of theories including: Critical theories such as structural, feminist, Marxist, anti-racist, Aboriginal, queer and anti-oppressive practice; modern theories such as interactional, systems, ecological cognitive & crisis theory/intervention; postmodern theories such as solution focused and narrative; and macro practice, social action, and community organization.

CO: SCWK 2320 and SCWK 2520; or admission to the Second Degree program option

PR: SCWK 1710 or the former SCWK 2700

230A/B

Field Practicum Preparation Seminars

expose students to both theoretical and practical aspects of field education in general and the field practicum specifically prior to the first field placement. The seminars will utilize a combination of lectures, guest speakers, panel discussions, and practical exercises to prepare students for their field practicum. This course will be evaluated as PAS or FAL based on attendance, participation, and assignments. In exceptional circumstances, components of this course may be offered outside of semester start and end dates and/or in an accelerated format.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 0

LC: as scheduled

2313

Social Work Knowledge and Skills for Group and Team Work

(same as the former SCWK 4313) introduces students to social work methods and skills in group practice and team work. The design and implementation of diverse group types, evaluative models and the parallels between group and team functions are explored. The characteristics and challenges of interdisciplinary team work are considered as well as effective strategies and unique roles that social workers can contribute for effective team collaboration.

CO: SCWK 2321 and 2711; or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 4313 and the former SCWK 4320

PR: SCWK 2211, SCWK 2320, and SCWK 2520; or admission to the Second Degree program option and successful completion of all designated courses for the Second Degree program option

2320

Social Work Knowledge and Skills for Assessment and Intervention

introduces beginning skills for social work practice. The relevance of relationship based approach, a strengths perspective and an anti-oppressive stance will be considered as students acquire biopsychosocial assessment and interviewing skills. Attention is given to self-awareness, professional identity and a wide range of beginning counselling skills with diverse populations and situations such as: Aboriginal people, involuntary clients, suicide risk, domestic violence, clients in crisis and children at risk.

CO: SCWK 2211 and SCWK 2520; or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 3320, the former 3321 and the former 4310

PR: SCWK 1710 or the former SCWK 2700

2321

Social Work Knowledge and Skills for Personal and Social Change

addresses knowledge, skills and competencies that enable the social worker to facilitate positive change within the middle and end stages of intervention. Emphasis will be given to a range of current best known practices within the context of clinical and community applications, promotion of social justice, strengths and critical thinking. General practice approaches that may be applied with individuals, families and communities will be emphasized.

CO: SCWK 2313 and SCWK 2711; or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 3421

PR: SCWK 2211, SCWK 2320 and SCWK 2520; or admission to the Second Degree program option

2520

Social Work: Critical Analysis of Social and Health Policy

engages students in critical analysis of local and national social and health policy development from a social work perspective. The course explores topics that are relevant to direct service provision such as: the influence of historical context on policy, policy development, interactions among federal, provincial and local governments that influence policy and leadership and advocates roles of social workers in program development in a diverse and changing environment.

CO: SCWK 2211 and SCWK 2320, or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 2510 and 2710

PR: SCWK 1710 or the former SCWK 2700 or admission to the second degree program option

2711

Social Justice and Social Work Practice

explores human rights from global perspective and examines social responsibility, the nature of oppression and marginalization and strategies to promote social justice and prevent injustice. Reflective practice principles and experiential activities will form the basis for examining use of self and the relevance of social location, and the application of: critical theoretical perspectives, critical empathy and ethical evaluation for anti-oppressive practice at the individual and structural/organizational level.

CO: SCWK 2313 and SCWK 2321; or admission to the Second Degree program option

PR: SCWK 2211, SCWK 2320, and SCWK 2520; or admission to the Second Degree program option

3221

Social Impacts on Human Development

addresses how theories, concepts and information related to human development must be considered in the context of social issues and impacts in order to inform social work practice with vulnerable populations. The impact of issues such as violence, addictions, poverty, trauma and oppression are examined as are strengths and resilience of human beings. Strategies to address social impacts on human development are explored.

CO: SCWK 3410 and SCWK 3720

CR: the former SCWK 3211 and the former SCWK 3220

PR: SCWK 3300 and 3311

3300

Social Work Practicum 1

is a 350 hour supervised field experience that provides students with opportunities to apply social work principles, theories and skills to work with clients and communities. The field experience is designed to develop: professional use of self, beginning ability to implement planned interventions with diverse populations and an appreciation for social justice activities.

CH: 12

CO: SCWK 3311

CR: the former SCWK 4315, the former 4316, the former 4300, the former 4325, and the former 4326

PR: successful completion of all designated Year 2 courses for the First Degree program option; or admission to the Second Degree program option and successful completion of all designated courses for the Second Degree program option

3311

Social Work Knowledge and Skills for Integration of Theory and Practice

focuses on application of selected models and methods of practice. The course explores links between theory and practice through critical consideration of: the influence of agency and community, the value of theory and knowledge, the role of self awareness, social location and practice skills. Topics to be explored include: documentation, support/resource counselling, advocacy, self care, vicarious trauma, professional identity, community work, interdisciplinary practice, group work, ethics and consultation.

CO: SCWK 3300

CR: the former SCWK 4310 and SCWK 4311

PR: successful completion of all designated Year 2 courses for the First Degree program option and successful completion of all designated courses for the Second Degree program option

3410

Applied Research and Evaluation for Social Work Practice

(same as the former SCWK 4410) teaches theories, concepts and methods of systematic inquiry and its relationship to professional social work judgment and action. The contribution of applied research to social justice, community based inquiry and accountability and evidence based practice is emphasized. Topics to be explored include: quantitative, qualitative, action and evaluative approaches to systematic inquiry for social work practice; ethical considerations in social work research.

CO: SCWK 3221 and SCWK 3720; or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 4410, the former SCWK 4420, and the former SCWK 4421

PR: SCWK 3300 and SCWK 3311; or admission to the Second Degree program option

3720

Ethical and Legal Issues in Social Work Practice

examines ethical theories, decision - making models and key legislation in a variety of areas including child welfare, youth justice, privacy, health, human rights to resolve dilemmas in practice. Components of legislation and the Social Work Code of Ethics are analysed to determine approaches to practice dilemmas. Consideration and critical analysis of frameworks for decision making will lead to a personal model for practice choices.

CO: SCWK 3221 and SCWK 3410; or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 5720

PR: SCWK 3300 and 3311; or admission to the Second Degree program option and successful completion of all designated courses for the Second Degree program option

4302

Social Work Practicum 2

is a 350 hour supervised field experience that provides students with opportunities to apply social work principles, knowledge and skills that demonstrates the capacity for independent practice at micro and macro levels. Emphasis is on developing strong analytical abilities, applying enhanced practice skills, mastering a variety of social work roles, implementing strategies that impact social justice and making professional judgments in increasingly complex situations.

CH: 12

CO: either SCWK 4321, SCWK 4322 or SCWK 4323 (First Degree) or SCWK 4521 (Second Degree)

CR: the former SCWK 5300, the former SCWK 5301, and the former SCWK 5315-5319

PR: successful completion of all designated Year 3 courses for the First Degree program option; or admission to the Second Degree program option and successful completion of all designated courses for the Second Degree program option

4312

Social Work Knowledge and Skills for Community Development

emphasizes theory and practice of community organizing and community development within the context of social justice. Frameworks for community practice are critically analysed through examination of ethical dilemmas, accountability issues, practice skills, leadership and other roles. Urban, rural and cultural differences are considered in relation to their influence on effective community organizing and development work.

CO: SCWK 4314, SCWK 4317, SCWK 4521, and SCWK 4620; or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 5322

PR: successful completion of all designated Year 3 courses for the First Degree program option; or admission to the Second Degree program option and successful completion of all designated courses for the Second Degree program option

4314

Social Work Knowledge and Skills for Practice with Families

prepares students to offer direct services to families through increasing their knowledge of family functioning and their competence in family assessment and intervention. Critical analysis of models of family intervention and exploration of ethical issues form the basis for application of selected approaches to family work including: structural therapy, solution focussed approach and crisis intervention.

CO: SCWK 4312, SCWK 4521, SCWK 4317, and SCWK 4620; or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 5325

PR: successful completion of all designated Year 3 courses for the First Degree program option; or admission to the Second Degree program option and successful completion of all designated courses for the Second Degree program option

4317

Field of Practice: Child Welfare Prevention, Crisis Intervention and Protection

examines legislation that protects the rights of children, best practice in child welfare and care and protection of children within a community context. Social work intervention with complex issues such as: family violence, poverty, cultural influences, addictions and mental health impacts are explored through feminist, Aboriginal, empowerment and anti-oppressive perspectives. Continuity of care, permanency planning and the impact of separation are addressed through critical analysis of child welfare programs, and care giving models.

CO: SCWK 4312, SCWK 4314, SCWK 4521, and SCWK 4620

CR: the former SCWK 4614

PR: successful completion of all designated Year 3 courses for the First Degree program option

4321

Field of Practice: Social Work in Child Abuse and Protection

is aimed at developing knowledge and social work skills necessary for intake, crisis intervention, assessment, family support, removal, community placement, family reunification, and amelioration, within the context of social justice and the best interest of those most vulnerable for maltreatment and oppression. It addresses child-youth neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, exploitation, problems, risks, needs and harm and includes trauma and developmental impacts.

CO: SCWK 4302

CR: the former SCWK 5328

PR: SCWK 4312, 4314, SCWK 4317, SCWK 4521, and SCWK 4620

4322

Field of Practice: Social Work in Gerontology

reviews aging from a biopsychosocial perspective with an emphasis on the strengths of seniors and the impact of oppression on the lives of the elderly. The course will explore legislation, policies, societal trends and elder abuse, and consider the social work role in developing strategies for healthy aging and service provision for seniors.

CO: SCWK 4302

CR: the former SCWK 4615 and the former SCWK 5615

PR: SCWK 4312, SCWK 4314, SCWK 4317, SCWK 4521, and SCWK 4620

4323

Field of Practice: Social Work in Addictions

is aimed at developing knowledge skills, and beginning competence, necessary for assessment and intervention with populations experiencing problems and risks associated with the use and abuse of chemicals and non-chemical addictions throughout the lifespan. Themes addressed include: the oppression of addictions; social determinants of addictions, the social worker’s role in the continuum of care; strengths; the special needs of women, Aboriginal, and GLBT populations.

CO: SCWK 4302

CR: the former SCWK 4616

PR: SCWK 4312, SCWK 4314, SCWK 4317, SCWK 4521, and SCWK 4620

4521

Social Work Organizational Development for Community Services

(same as the former SCWK 3521) examines policy development and change in human services 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 administration is included for the social worker within a management and leadership context in human services organizations.

CO: SCWK 4312, SCWK 4314, SCWK 4317, and SCWK 4620; or admission to the Second Degree program option

CR: the former SCWK 3110, the former SCWK 3510, the former SCWK 3521, and the former SCWK 4111

PR: successful completion of all designated Year 3 courses for the First Degree program option; or admission to the Second Degree program option and successful completion of all designated courses for the Second Degree program option

4620

Field of Practice: Social Work in Interdisciplinary Mental Health and Health Services

provides an overview of mental health and illness, the impact on people and communities and social work interventions within an interdisciplinary community context. The oppression of illness, disability and mental health problems across the lifespan is considered as well as the role of social work in the continuum of care. Topics include: mental health, health, mental illness, disability, social determinants of health, social movements and advocacy.

CO: SCWK 4312, SCWK 4314, SCWK 4317 and SCWK 4521

CR: the former SCWK 4610, the former SCWK 5610, and the former SCWK 5613

PR: successful completion of all designated Year 3 courses for the First Degree program option

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).