Social Work 7010

Philosophical & Historical Base of Social Work Practice

This course focuses on the philosophical base of social work practice within the context of the history of the development of social work as a practice and as a profession.

Scholars will consider the theory, concepts, value base, and practices that have given direction to social work - with special attention to their roots in the humanistic, social justice, social responsibility, social action, and scientific traditions.

Some attention will be paid to links with social work models within the current social context - with some reference to Canadian, British, and American social work, as well as to international social development.

Scholars will be expected to demonstrate both knowledge and an appreciation of social work philosophy and history. This course is intended to complement the critical thinking course.