Course Descriptions - Undergraduate Calendar 2014-2015

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Notes

  1. The following courses lead to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies. Depending upon demand, courses may be subject to priority enrolment. First priority will be given to Social Development Studies majors.
  2. For courses in Social Work in the Bachelor of Social Work program, see Social Work (Bachelor of Social Work). For information on admission to the post-BA Bachelor of Social Work visit the School of Social Work's website.

SOCWK 100s


SOCWK 120R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008748
Introduction to Social Work
Presentation of the values, knowledge, and skill base, principles and purposes of the profession, and an examination of methods of practice. Traditional and innovative social work settings are discussed. Historic development of Social Work and its influence on contemporary practice are reviewed.
[Note: SWREN 120R is available only to students who have been granted conditional admission to the BSW program.]
(Cross-listed with SWREN 120R)
Also offered Online

SOCWK 200s


SOCWK 220R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008749
Social Work with Individuals - Theory and Practice 1
A presentation of some of the theoretical constructs necessary for the understanding of the individual in the casework relationship, as well as an introduction to some appropriate casework interventions. Emphasis in the course will be theoretical.
[Note: SWREN 220R is available only to students who have been granted conditional admission to the BSW program.]
Prereq: SOCWK 120R.
Antireq: SMF 301/311
(Cross-listed with SWREN 220R)
Also offered Online

SOCWK 221R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008750
Social Group Work
Presentation of some of the theoretical constructs necessary for an understanding of social group work as well as an introduction to methodology and interventions.
[Note: SWREN 221R is available only to students who have been granted conditional admission to the BSW program.]
Prereq: SOCWK 120R
(Cross-listed with SWREN 221R)
Also offered Online

SOCWK 222R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008751
Community Organization 1
An examination of social work practice as it relates to functional and geographical communities. The course will explore the theoretical foundations of organization practice as well as a variety of models.
[Note: SWREN 222R is only available to students who have been granted conditional admission to the BSW program.]
Prereq: SOCWK 120R
(Cross-listed with SWREN 222R)
Also offered Online

SOCWK 240R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008753
Palliative Care
An introduction to the concepts and practices in palliative care. Topics include historical and philosophical background, the hospice movement, current approaches in palliative care, the multi-discipline team, stress factors, suicide and cross-cultural beliefs of death, illness and loss as they affect the terminally ill and their families.
Prereq: SOCWK 120R

SOCWK 300s


SOCWK 300R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008755
Canadian Social Welfare Policy
This course will introduce students to the concept of social welfare as it has evolved in the post-industrial era. It will examine various social, economic and political factors that have shaped Canadian social welfare policy and it will consider present-day factors that are transforming that policy.
[Note: SWREN 300R is available only to students who have been granted conditional admission to the BSW program.]
Prereq: SOCWK 120R
(Cross-listed with SWREN 300R)
Also offered Online

SOCWK 301R LEC 0.50Course ID: 011116
Understanding Diversity in Canada
This course explores culture, its components, characteristics and processes, theories, issues, and the history of diversity in Canadian social systems. It also examines the implications of diversity for social work practice and fosters culturally competent practice with micro and macro social systems.
[Note: SWREN 301R is available only to students who have been granted conditional admission to the BSW program.]
Prereq: SOCWK 120R
(Cross-listed with SWREN 301R)
Also offered Online

SOCWK 320R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008757
Social Work with Individuals - Theory and Practice 2
Considers some of the intellectual components of the social work skills necessary for working with individuals. Social work theories of the individual will be examined in order for the student to learn some clinical applications relevant to the casework relationship.
Prereq: SOCWK 220R
Also offered Online

SOCWK 321R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008758
Social Work with Families
Presentation of some of the theoretical constructs necessary for an understanding of the family in the social work relationship as well as an introduction to methodology and interventions.
[Note: SWREN 321R is only available to students who have been granted conditional admission to the BSW program.]
Prereq: SOCWK 120R
(Cross-listed with SWREN 321R)
Also offered Online

SOCWK 322R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008759
International Perspectives in Community Organization
An exploration of community organization activities in the context of international processes of colonization and globalization.
Prereq: SOCWK 120R

SOCWK 326R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008760
Philosophy and History of Social Welfare
Social welfare from the 18th century to the present. The effects of religious, political, economic, and cultural factors on social welfare development and the continuing influence of inherent attitudes, philosophies and values on this complex institution. Focus on the Canadian social welfare system.
Prereq: SOCWK 120R

SOCWK 355R LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 008767
Child Maltreatment: Identification and Prevention
The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the dimensions and causes of child maltreatment, to develop skills identifying cases of this social problem and to explore current methods of management and treatment of persons involved in child maltreatment situations.
Prereq: SOCWK 120R
Also offered Online

SOCWK 356R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008768
Developmental Disabilities and the Family
This course explores the nature and extent of developmental disability in Canada. It reviews traditional approaches to support services and social work practice with people with disabilities and their families, and it examines how these have changed in response to social change movements and milestones. Students consider social work interventions with individuals and families from a strengths-based perspective emphasizing advocacy, empowerment, and social support.
Prereq: SOCWK 120R

SOCWK 357R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008769
Family Violence
An application of the principles and models of medical, psychogenic, and sociogenic adjustment to an understanding of family violence. The treatment of victims of family violence, the prevention of such violence, and social policies affecting family welfare are considered.
Prereq: SOCWK 120R;
Antireq: SOCWK 350B
Also offered Online

SOCWK 365R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008770
Social Work in Health Care
Analysis of social work in the medical setting, concentrating on identification and treatment of emotional, family, and community aspects of illness. Emphasis is on the concrete application of professional social work to health care while comparing medical and social work values and concepts of illness.
Prereq: SOCWK 120R

SOCWK 367R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008771
Social Work with the Elderly
An examination of social work theory and practice concerning the needs of the elderly. Social work strategies of intervention with the healthy and frail aged will be considered from the individual, group, family, community, and bureaucratic perspectives.
Prereq: SOCWK 120R

SOCWK 375R LEC 0.50Course ID: 012192
Studies in Social Work
This course will deal with selected topics in Social Work. Subjects will be dependent upon the research and/or instructional interests of faculty.
[Note: Students wishing to take such courses should consult with the Social Development Studies undergraduate advisor.]
Department Consent Required

SOCWK 390A LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 008772
Family Violence: An Advanced Seminar
Social Work concepts and practices introduced in preceding family violence courses will be considered in depth. Over the course of two terms, a seminar format will be used to explore etiological and intervention issues pertaining to the various forms of family violence.
[Note: A numeric grade for SOCWK 390A will be submitted only after completion of SOCWK 390B.]
Prereq: SOCWK 355R and 357R

SOCWK 390B LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 008773
Family Violence: An Advanced Seminar
A continuation of SOCWK 390A. Social Work concepts and practices introduced in preceding family violence courses will be considered in depth. A seminar format will be used to explore etiological and intervention issues pertaining to the various forms of family violence.
Prereq: SOCWK 355R and 357R

SOCWK 398R RDG 0.50Course ID: 008774
Independent Study
An independent in-depth study of a selected area of concern to the student within the discipline of Social Work. Available to individuals or small groups of third- or fourth-year Social Development Studies students and arranged with one of the faculty members from the program.
[Note: Normally, a student may take only two of the Independent Studies courses, SDS 398R, 399R; PSYCH 398R, 399R; SOCWK 398R, 399R; SOC 398R, 399R.]
Department Consent Required

SOCWK 399R RDG 0.50Course ID: 008775
Independent Study
An independent in-depth study of a selected area of concern to the student within the discipline of Social Work. Available to individuals or small groups of third- or fourth-year Social Development Studies students and arranged with one of the faculty members from the program.
[Note: Normally, a student may take only two of the Independent Studies courses, SDS 398R, 399R; PSYCH 398R, 399R; SOCWK 398R, 399R; SOC 398R, 399R.]
Department Consent Required

SOCWK 400s


SOCWK 421R LEC 0.50Course ID: 013335
Advanced Family Practices
This course examines the integrated use of advanced knowledge, assessment and interventions addressing selected social problems in families, individuals, and communities.
Prereq: SOCWK 220R or 321R; Level at least 3A Honours students

SOCWK 450R SEM 0.50Course ID: 013098
Honours Seminar in Special Topics
Honours seminars may include weekly readings, individual and/or group projects, class presentations and discussions, research proposals, essay/literature reviews, assignments, midterms, and final exams. Consult departmental listings for topics and prerequisites for the current year.
Prereq: 1.0 unit of SOCWK; Level at least 3A Honours students

SOCWK 490R ESS 0.50Course ID: 013102
Special Studies
An independent, in-depth study, based on empirical research and/or extensive reading in social work under the direction of individual instructors in Social Work. Available to individuals or small groups of fourth-year Social Development Studies Majors and arranged with one of the faculty members from the plan. The project must be approved by the academic supervisor of the course prior to registration.
[Note: Normally, a student may take only two of the following: PSYCH 490R, SOC 490R, SOCWK 490R, SDS/ISS 490R, SDS/ISS 499A and SDS/ISS 499B.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A Honours students