Course Descriptions - Undergraduate Calendar 2017-2018

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Notes

1. SWREN 400-level courses represent requirements for the Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

2. The following SWREN 100s, 200s, 300s are specific prerequisite courses available only to students who have been granted Conditional Admission to the BSW program.

3. For information on admission to the post-BA Honours Bachelor of Social Work program, visit the Renison Social Work Website.

4. For courses in Social Work in the Bachelor of Arts Social Development Studies plans, see Social Work (Social Development Studies).

SWREN 100s


SWREN 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 given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
(Cross-listed with SOCWK 120R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 200s


SWREN 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 given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SWREN 120R
(Cross-listed with SOCWK 220R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 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 given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SWREN 120R
(Cross-listed with SOCWK 221R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 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 available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SWREN 120R
(Cross-listed with SOCWK 222R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 224R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008605
Poverty in Canada and its Social Consequences
A sociological analysis of poverty in contemporary Canada as it underlies a multiplicity of interlocking social problems.
[Note: SWREN 224R is available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with SOC 224R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 250R LEC 0.50Course ID: 006507
Social Statistics
This introductory level statistics course will emphasize the collection, manipulation, descriptive presentation, and statistical analysis of social research data.
[Note: SWREN 250R is available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A; two courses from ANTH, SDS/ISS, PSYCH, SOC, SOCWK; Not open to students in the Faculty of Mathematics.
Antireq: ARTS 280, ECON 221, ENVS 278, ISS 250R, KIN 222, LS/SOC 280, PSYCH 292, REC 371, SMF 230, STAT 202, 206, 231.
(Cross-listed with SDS 250R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 251R LEC 0.50Course ID: 006508
Social Research
Introduction to the philosophy and methodology of applied social science research including treatment of the problems and strategies of research design and execution.
[Note: SWREN 251R is available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SDS/ISS 250R; Level at least 2A; Not open to students in the Faculty of Mathematics.
Antireq: KIN 330, ISS 251R, SOC 321/LS 221/321, PSYCH 291, REC 270, SDS 251R
(Cross-listed with SDS 251R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 300s


SWREN 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 given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SWREN 120R
(Cross-listed with SOCWK 300R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 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 given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SWREN 120R
(Cross-listed with SOCWK 301R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 311R LEC 0.50Course ID: 011378
Public Policy and Native Peoples in Canada
This course examines the evolution, logic, processes, and impacts of government policies developed specifically for Native peoples, with particular attention to government policy as both a cause of and a response to social problems within Native communities.
[Note: SWREN 311R is available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: Level at least 2B
(Cross-listed with LS 373, SDS 311R)

SWREN 312R LEC 0.50Course ID: 011979
Homelessness & Public Policy
This course provides students with a basic overview of homelessness in modern society. Its goal is to familiarize students with the human, social, political and economic aspects of homelessness. Throughout, the emphasis will be on understanding homelessness from a public policy framework - its incidence and prevalence, etiology, consequences, and strategies for its prevention and amelioration.
[Note: SWREN 312R is available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: Level at least 2B
(Cross-listed with SDS 312R)

SWREN 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 available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SWREN 120R
(Cross-listed with SOCWK 321R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 331R LEC 0.50Course ID: 013894
Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Public Policy
This course examines the hidden causes of inequality and associated social injustices. It provides a snapshot of main issues associated with modern society and the evidence that ties them to persistent inequality and injustice. The course reviews not only the major types of inequality but also social and public policy responses to them.
[Note: Formerly ISS 331R. SWREN 331R is available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
(Cross-listed with SDS 331R)
Also offered Online

SWREN 349R LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 011388
Cross-Cultural Psychology
This course focuses on human psychology (behaviours, cognition, emotion, motivation, and personality) across cultures, with the aim of raising awareness and understanding of human commonality and diversity. It examines theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues in cross-cultural psychology in light of the current literature.
[Note: SWREN 349R is available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: PSYCH 220R or 253/253R.
Antireq: PSYCH 222R, 352
(Cross-listed with PSYCH 349R)

SWREN 400s


SWREN 411R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008915
Integrative Practice: Aboriginal Perspectives and Social Work
This integrative practice course examines the impact of policy, service delivery and large and small systems on Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Long-standing policies of assimilation and colonization are considered from a political, economic, and social perspective. With a critical eye towards matters of discrimination and oppression, specific attention is given to the culturally-specific skills and approaches particular to traditional and current helping with Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only

SWREN 414R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008916
Interviewing and Assessment in Social Work Practice
This social work methods course explores the theory and skills of generalist social work practice, with particular attention to interviewing, communication, and assessment skills used with individuals, families, organizations and communities. Emphasis is placed on developing capacity for "critical reflection" on the social work practitioner's professional and personal self.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 422R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008918
Advanced Macro Practice
The course examines and compares the strengths, limitations, differential uses, and interconnections of the range of skills needed for community organization, social planning, and social policy practice. Practical applications such as conference planning, proposal writing and fund raising will be explored.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 423R LEC 0.50Course ID: 012135
Advanced Social Group Work Practice
The aim of this course is to develop student's knowledge of different approaches to social group work practice, and the ways in which specialized knowledge of client's life conditions, life circumstances, and significant life events informs social work practice with groups within a generalist framework. Emphasis is placed upon conceptualizing and analyzing group work skill and the capacity for self-directed practice with groups directed towards increasing the resiliency of the group as a whole and the resiliency of individual group members. A salient goal is the use of democratic means so that group process in all social work groups reflects a vision of social justice.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 424R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008919
Diversity and Empowerment
This social work course focuses on issues of diversity and social injustice, with emphasis on culturally sensitive and anti-oppressive practice. It is based on generalist and empowerment perspectives in responding to needs and facilitating changes at appropriate system levels.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 431R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008920
Fields of Practice Research
This course examines contemporary fields of practice. Attention is given to historical developments, service delivery systems, and practices. Research activities help develop a critical understanding of how social experience impacts the ways that people with diverse experiences access and encounter some of the major fields of practice.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 434R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008921
Selected Theories for Social Work Practice: Analysis and Application
This course focuses on analysis and application of selected theories and practice methods within a generalist-eclectic approach to social work practice with numerous populations in a variety of settings.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 441A PRA 0.50Course ID: 012395
Practicum 1A
This first practicum phase helps students understand the general structure and functioning of the helping network and the place of agency-based community settings in it. Simultaneously, the students begin to integrate interviewing and assessment skills to formulate an intervention plan with sensitivity to the diversity of the setting. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
[Note: This course is for BSW part-time students only.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 441B PRA 0.50Course ID: 012396
Practicum 1B
This first practicum phase helps students understand the general structure and functioning of the helping network and the place of agency-based community settings in it. Simultaneously, the students begin to integrate interviewing and assessment skills to formulate an intervention plan with sensitivity to the diversity of the setting. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
[Note: This course is for BSW part-time students only.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SWREN 441A; Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 441R PRA 1.00Course ID: 008922
Practicum 1
This first practicum phase helps students understand the general structure and functioning of the helping network and the place of agency-based community settings in it. Simultaneously, the students begin to integrate interviewing and assessment skills to formulate an intervention plan with sensitivity to the diversity of the setting. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only.
Coreq: SWREN 414R
Also offered Online

SWREN 442A PRA 0.50Course ID: 012397
Practicum 2A
The second practicum phase develops students' intervention skills. Opportunity is given to enhance social work practice skills specific to particular client populations within the context of diversity, and to develop awareness of one's professional self in relation to social work practice within the agency context. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
[Note: This course is for BSW part-time students only.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SWREN 441A and B; Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 442B PRA 0.50Course ID: 012398
Practicum 2B
The second practicum phase develops students' intervention skills. Opportunity is given to enhance social work practice skills specific to particular client populations within the context of diversity, and to develop awareness of one's professional self in relation to social work practice within the agency context. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
[Note: This course is for BSW part-time students only.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SWREN 442A; Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 442R PRA 1.00Course ID: 008923
Practicum 2
The second practicum phase develops students' intervention skills. Opportunity is given to enhance social work practice skills specific to particular client populations within the context of diversity, and to develop awareness of one's professional self in relation to social work practice within the agency context. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SWREN 414R, 441R; Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 443A PRA 0.50Course ID: 012399
Practicum 3A
The third practicum phase helps students demonstrate understanding of, and ability to use, a range of interventions within the context of diversity. Professional identification and the integration of theory with practice are emphasized. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
[Note: This course is for BSW part-time students only.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SWREN 442A and B; Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 443B PRA 0.50Course ID: 012400
Practicum 3B
The third practicum phase helps students demonstrate understanding of, and ability to use, a range of interventions within the context of diversity. Professional identification and the integration of theory with practice are emphasized. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
[Note: This course is for BSW part-time students only.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SWREN 443A; Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 443R PRA 1.00Course ID: 008924
Practicum 3
The third practicum phase helps students demonstrate understanding of, and ability to use, a range of interventions within the context of diversity. Professional identification and the integration of theory with practice are emphasized. A bi-weekly seminar runs concurrently with the practicum.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SWREN 414R, 442R; Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 470R LEC 0.50Course ID: 012671
Mental Health and Addiction Issues: Social Work Responses
This course will focus on social work practice in the fields of mental health and addictions providing social work students with knowledge concerning the etiology and intervention issues related to mental health and addictions. A life-span perspective will allow an integration of practice, policy and research in relation to mental health, addictions, substance use and concurrent disorders. The continuum of services, including community-based and institutional care perspectives will be presented, along with "best practice" models for the future.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only
Also offered Online

SWREN 471R LEC 0.50Course ID: 012672
Social Work with Older Adults: Critical Issues and Future Trends
Focusing on social work practice, policy and research, the course examines issues of aging such as health, economic changes, role transition, family dynamics and losses. The course also looks at implications of societal issues and the influence of recent Canadian research in the field of aging. Current innovative and traditional programs will be examined for their relevance for future work with populations of older adults.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only

SWREN 472R LEC 0.50Course ID: 012673
International Context of Practice: An Experiential Learning Opportunity
This course provides a framework for understanding a developing country through a comparative study with Canada. The collective responses of citizens in meeting community needs in the context of colonial legacies and contemporary global influences are highlighted in both settings. The international learning experience usually takes place during Reading Week and is complemented by two days of pre-trip learning focusing on Canadian realities and one post-trip day to reflect upon the comparative analysis.
[Note: Student is responsible for travel expenses.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Bachelor of Social Work students only