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Social Work 1100 Introduction to Social Welfare View Details
An in-depth exploration of the experience of poverty and Canada’s social welfare system – specifically the income security programs offered as part of that system. We will examine the income security-related social policy and social programs that underlie the Canadian social welfare system. Attention is given to the history of society's response to meeting human need and to the various philosophical and theoretical perspectives and motivations for social welfare. We will look at how the social welfare system works, how it became what it is today, who makes decisions about it, what theories and approaches inform those decisions, and why certain vulnerable populations within our society are more likely to make use of it. Attention will be given to key concepts including oppression and social justice.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 2011 Foundations of Social Work Practice View Details
An introduction to the foundational theoretical and practice dimensions that contribute to and define the profession of social work. The social contexts and challenges of individuals, groups, and communities will be considered by reference to several of the diverse populations served by social work. An introduction will be provided to the broad range of service approaches that support a generalist social work practice in Canadian society.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Social Work 1100

Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: Students with previous credit for Social Work 2401 cannot take Social Work 2011/2012 for credit.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 2012 Human Development View Details
An introduction to theories and concepts that have been developed to explain human development from birth through to old age. An exploration of the physical, cognitive, socio-emotional and relational aspects of development over the lifespan. The major emphasis of the course is on the implications of developmental issues for social work practice.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Social Work 1100

Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: Students with previous credit for Social Work 2401 cannot take Social Work 2011/2012 for credit.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3215 Social Work Interviewing and Communication Skills I View Details
Provides students with the opportunity to understand and learn preparatory skills of communication and interviewing as part of their emerging social work practice. One's values, attitudes and beliefs as well as an understanding, appreciation and respect for cultural diversity will be emphasized. From an ecological and experiential approach, students will be introduced to exercises on verbal/non-verbal communications, professional relationships, mutuality and social work ethics.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
Notes: This course is restricted to third year Social Work Students only.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3230 Dementia Care: A Case Study Approach View Details
See Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology, Gerontology Courses, Gerontology 3230, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 3230
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3313 Northern Social Work Practice View Details
An examination of generalist social work practice within the context of northern, remote, and rural settings. Particular characteristics, issues, and problems associated with these settings are examined. The demands and expectations for the practitioner in terms of principles, skills, assumptions, and a generalist practice framework to facilitate northern practice and the significance of natural helping networks in northern communities are explored.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3315 Social Work Interviewing and Communication Skills II View Details
Provides students with the opportunity to understand and learn foundational skills of communication and interviewing as part of their emerging social work practice. In addition, students will learn about the professional and ethical use of self in their social work practice. One's values, attitudes and beliefs as well as an understanding, appreciation and respect for cultural diversity will be emphasized. Particular attention is devoted to the application of relationship and communication theories and how critical these theories are to social work practice.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Social Work 3215

Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd year of the Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3401 Theory of Social Work Practice I View Details
This professional practice theory course is designed to provide students with an introduction to selected major clinical theories that inform clinical social work practice with individuals and families. Students are introduced to how these clinical theories can enhance social work practice.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 6-0; 0-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or the One Year Social Work program. Students in the One Year HBSW program must be concurrently enrolled or have completed SOWK 2011 and SOWK 2012.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3413 Child Welfare View Details
An examination of abuse, violence, and dysfunction within families. The emphasis will be on intervention strategies, services, prevention, and education. The role of human service systems, helping professionals and community response to the variety of issues related to public child welfare and family welfare in contemporary society and northern communities will be examined.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3415 Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Abuse View Details
An interdisciplinary examination of the assessment and treatment of addictions. A biopsychosocial perspective is used to study current theory and practice. The course content is relevant to studies in the human services, education and health care fields.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3437 Social Work Practice with Older People View Details
An interdisciplinary examination of key issues of social policy and practice with older adults. The knowledge, values and skills for social work with older people and their families is presented using a biopsychosocial perspective. The course content is relevant to studies in the human services, education and health care fields.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 3437
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3439 Living with Grief and Loss View Details
A study of the human grief process, whether it is due to bereavement or other significant life losses, and effective ways to support people in adapting to their new reality. Both normal and complicated grief will be considered. The course is relevant to studies in the human services, gerontology, education and health care.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 3439
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3450 Introduction to Case Management View Details
See Gerontology Courses, Gerontology 3450, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Nursing 3450/Gerontology 3450
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3500 Field Instruction I View Details
Planned and supervised practice of Social Work in approved settings in which the students obtain an opportunity to apply the theories and principles learned in the classroom. Students will work with the Field Coordinator to plan and develop their placement experience, and will participate in seminars designed to integrate classroom learning with field learning. The course will include activities such as participation in Agency Education Day, Practicum Orientation sessions, meetings with Field Coordinators and interviews with agency supervisors, completion of the Learning Contract, and completion of Evidence of Learning. The student will spend the equivalent of 50 days in the field work experience.
Credit Weight: 1.5
Offering: 350 hours total (4 days a week = 50 days in winter term or equivalent)
Notes: Note 1: One Year students must complete a total of 700 hours (100 days) as the requirement for a combined placement (Social Work 3500 and 4501) in the same setting. May be taken by 3rd year and One year Social Work students only. Note 2: Students may consider challenging Social Work 3500 with appropriate work experience/prior placements and social work supervision Note 3: 3rd Year students must have completed SOWK 3401 and SOWK 3215 prior to beginning SOWK 3500. 3rd Year students must be currently enrolled in SOWK 3315. Note 4: One Year students must have completed SOWK 3401 and be currently enrolled in SOWK 4300 and SOWK 4407
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3515 Life Course Studies View Details
See Department of Sociology, Sociology Courses, Sociology 3515, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Sociology 3515/Gerontology 3515
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 3630 Social Work Practice with Children and Families View Details
Designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge and clinical skills relating to social work practice with families incorporating a variety of family and child therapies.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4055 Interprofessional Education and Wellness View Details
See School of Kinesiology, Kinesiology Courses, Kinesiology 4055, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Kinesiology 4055/Nursing 4055/Gerontology 4055
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4212 Social Policy and Social Welfare View Details
Examination of in-depth approaches to policy making and critical analysis of selected welfare policies in Canada on municipal, provincial and national levels.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

 

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4213 Violence and Social Work Practice View Details
Examining issues regarding societal violence, social policy and social work practice with the implications for individuals, families, groups and communities. Special issues include structural violence, family violence, safer communities, and violent offenders.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 4213
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: This course is not open to 1st and 2nd year Social Work students.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4217 Social Work Practice with Groups View Details
As social work professionals, most social workers will lead, participate, develop or refer to group services at some time in their career. Builds on the skills developed in Social Work 3215, 3315, or 4407. Focuses on skills required to propose, formulate, assess, deliver and evaluate a variety of groups and the clinical and/or community level. Exposes students to the basic issues and key concepts of group dynamics, process, intervention, theory, application and evaluation. The interaction between individual psychological processes and group dynamics will be discussed. Further, students will learn about various types of therapeutic groups for a wide variety of populations that have unique developmental and counseling needs.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-3; or 0-3
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4253 Special Issues in Social Work View Details
This course shall be offered in response to identified areas of special interest primarily for the human service community.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4300 Theory of Social Work Practice View Details
Focuses on theory relevant to an integrated generalist approach to social work practice and builds on the ecological-systems perspective with an emphasis on northern settings. Exposure to traditional helping approaches of First Nations Peoples is integrated into the course. Application is made of generalist theory to five client systems: individuals, small groups and families with an emphasis on practice with communities and organizations. Case examples are drawn from fields of practice including: child welfare, mental health, family service, education, corrections, health and aging.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

Social Work 3401

Corequisite(s):

Social Work 4407

Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: This course is restricted to students enroled in the One Year Social Work program only.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4401 Theory of Social Work Practice II View Details
Focuses on theory relevant to an integrated generalist approach to social work practice and builds on the ecological-systems perspective with an emphasis on northern settings. Exposure to traditional helping approaches of First Nations Peoples is integrated into the course. Application is made of generalist theory to five client systems: individuals, small groups and families with an emphasis on practice with communities and organizations. Case examples are drawn from fields of practice including: child welfare, mental health, family service, education, corrections, health and aging.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Social Work 3401, 3500
Corequisite(s): Social Work 4500
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: This course may only be taken by fourth year Social Work students.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4405 Research in Social Work View Details
Provides students with a basic understanding of: the issues surrounding conceptualization, creation and utilization of knowledge and empirical evidence; the main quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; and the role of research in professional social work practice. Emphasis is placed on research design, including the development of research questions and objectives, conducting comprehensive literature reviews, completing the research ethics process, and collecting and analyzing data. This course will introduce basic statistics including measures of central tendency, variability, and association, significance tests, and statistical analysis. In addition, qualitative approaches to social work research will be explored including but not limited to grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography, case study and narrative research. A critical examination of selected research materials in the field of social work will be used to appraise research as an integral component of social work practice and competency.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: Note 1: Students may apply for exemption from Social Work 4405 if they have completed 1 FCE in research courses covering both statistics and research methodology with an average of 70% or higher. If exempted, Social Work 4405 must be replaced by 1 FCE of Social Work elective courses. Note 2: May only be taken by students enroled in the 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4407 Social Work Interviewing and Communication Skills I & II View Details
Provides students with the opportunity to understand and learn foundational skills of communication and clinical interviewing as part of their emerging social work practice. In addition, students will learn about the professional and ethical use of self in their social work practice. One's values, attitudes and beliefs as well as an understanding, appreciation and respect for cultural diversity will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to the fundamental components of an intake/assessment interview and write-up, treatment planning, the process of change, and termination. Particular attention is devoted to the importance of the therapeutic alliance, relationship, and communication/ listening skills. Also, selected major theoretical models and evidence based theoretical concepts that enhance clinical social work practice/interviewing will be addressed. The course will also introduce students to the major mental health/clinical issues clients typically present and will discuss their impact on clinical interviewing.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

Social Work 3401

Corequisite(s): Social Work 4300
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: This course is restricted to students admitted into the one-year Social Work program. Students who have previous credit in Social Work 3407 may not take Social Work 4407 for credit.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4411 Social Work Practice and Aboriginal People View Details
Designed to promote an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Aboriginal people. Emphasis will be on culture, values, beliefs, and appropriate intervention strategies for social workers in terms of knowledge, skills, and methods. Issues of social policy, programs and services, and the practice of social work in First Nations communities will be explored. Aboriginal involvement, participation, and culture are important dimensions to this course.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Indigenous Learning 4411
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previous credit in Social Work 3411/Indigenous Learning 3411 may not take Social Work 4411/Indigenous Learning 4411 for credit. Note: Students completing this course will have fulfilled the Indigenous Content Requirement for Social Work.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Social Work 4500 Field Instruction II View Details
Social work practice experience and combined integrative seminars for deepening and refining the student's knowledge and skills in social work intervention. Includes activities such as meetings with Field Coordinators and interviews with agency supervisors, completion of the Learning Contract, and completion of Evidence of Learning.
Credit Weight: 1.5
Prerequisite(s):

Social Work 3500, Social Work 3315

Corequisite(s): Social Work 4401
Offering: Offering: Total 420 hours (60 days of field work experience in fall and winter terms)
Notes: May only be taken by students in the Four Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4501 Field Instruction II View Details
A combined, supervised Social Work practice experience and integrative seminars for deepening and refining the student's knowledge and skills in Social Work intervention. The course will include activities such as meetings with Field Coordinators and interviews with agency supervisors, completion of the Learning Contract, and completion of Evidence of Learning.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

Social Work 3500, Social Work 4407, Social Work 4300

Offering: Total 350 hours (50 days in the spring term)
Notes: One Year students must complete a total of 700 hours (100 days) as the requirement for a combined placement (Social Work 3500, 4501) in the same setting. If a student has been approved to do a split One Year placement, or has successfully challenged the Social Work 3500 course, the student will be required to spend the equivalent of 60 days (420 hours) in the field work experience for Social Work 4501. May only be taken by students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4511 Sociology of Disability View Details
See Department of Sociology, Sociology Courses, Sociology 4511, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Sociology 4511/Women's Studies 4511/Gerontology 4511
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4610 Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations View Details
This course seeks to develop a culturally sensitive approach to practice by: enhancing self-awareness, helping students learn effective intervention skills, and promoting awareness and sensitivity regarding issues faced by diverse populations within our society. It is relevant to the studies in the human service, education and health care fields.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students enroled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4770 Psychosocial Palliative Care View Details
An examination of the social, psychological and spiritual issues faced by people who are dying, and the knowledge, values and skills needed to effectively support them, their families and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of a team approach in providing holistic palliative care. The course content is relevant to studies in the human services, education and health care fields.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 4770
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4919 Special Topics I View Details
A seminar course specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to investigate topics of special interest.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Social Work 4939 Special Topics II View Details
A reading course specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to investigate topics of special interest.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences

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