SOCIAL WORK COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for degree programs.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Social Work 1100
Introduction to Social Welfare
3-0; 3-0
This course pursues a critical analysis of the evolution of social work as a major social institution in Canada and the development of social work as a profession. Attention is given to the history of society's response to meeting human needs, to varying philosophical and theoretical perspectives and motivations for social work and special areas of concern, such as poverty and special needs groups. Attention is also being focused on the notion of the "helping professions" and particularly on the historical and philosophical evolution of the social work profession and the scientific, political, social, religious and economic forces which influenced its development.

Social Work 2401
Foundations of Social Work Practice
3-0; 3-0
This course is designed to examine the historical development of social work's knowledge base and the philosophical foundations upon which it is based. Included in this examination will be a detailed tracking of the development of social work practice theory and the trends and patterns which have led to the evolution of the Ecological System Perspective.

Social Work 3215
Preparatory Skills for Social Work Practice
3-0; or 3-0
Co-requisite: SW3401
This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore various dimensions of the professional use of self. From an ecological and experiential approach, students will be introduced to exercises on verbal/non-verbal communications, professional relationships, mutuality and social work ethics.
This course is restricted to third year Social Work Students only.

Social Work 3313
Northern Social Work Practice
3-0; or 3-0
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.
May be taken by Social Work students only.

Social Work 3315
Foundation Skills in Social Work Practice I
0-3; or 0-3
Prerequisite: SW3215
Co-requisite: SW3401
This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the counselling/communication skills associated with practice roles as introduced in SW3401. Special attention will be given to issues associated with cross-cultural counselling including first nation peoples. This is an experiential course which utilizes a wide variety of social work laboratory techniques.
May be taken by Social Work students only.

Social Work 3401
Theory of Social Work Practice I
6-0; 0-0
Co-requisite (Four Year program): SW3215
Co-requisite (One Year program): SW4407
This first professional practice theory course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the generalist practice approach in social work. The course focus is on intervention with individuals and families. Students are introduced to the ecological-systems perspective as a broad framework for understanding social work problems, and to a range of selected theories. Special attention will be paid to approaches appropriate for Northern practice.
May be taken by Social Work students only.

Social Work 3413
Child Welfare
3-0; or 3-0
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.
This course may be taken by fourth year students.

Social Work 3415
Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
3-0; or 3-0
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.
This course open only to second, third and fourth year students.

Social Work 3437/Gerontology 3437
Social Work Practice with Older People
3-0; or 3-0
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.
This course open only to second, third and fourth year students.

Social Work 3439/Gerontology 3439
Living with Grief and Loss
3-0; or 3-0
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.

Social Work 3450/Nursing 3450/Women's Studies 3450/Gerontology 3450
Introduction to Case Management
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Social Work 3501
Field Instruction I
350 hours total (4 days a week = 50 days in winter term) or equivalent
Prerequisite: SW3401
Co-requisite (Four Year program): SW3315
Co-requisite (One Year program): SW 4407
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.
Note: One Year students must complete a total of 700 hours (100 days) as the requirement for a combined placement (SW3501 and 4501) in the same setting.
May be taken by Social Work students only.

Social Work 3630
Social Work Practice with Children and Families
3-0; or 3-0
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.
This course may be taken by fourth year students.

Social Work 4212
Social Policy and Social Welfare
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: Permission of the Department
Examination of in-depth approaches to policy making and critical analysis of selected welfare policies in Canada on municipal, provincial and national levels.
May be taken by Social Work students only.

Social Work 4213/Women's Studies 4213
Violence and Social Work Practice
3-0; or 3-0
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.

Social Work 4217
Foundation Skills in Social Work Practice II
0-3; or 0-3
Prerequisite: SW3315, 3401, and 3501
Co-requisite: SW4401 and 4501
This course will introduce students to group work/community work skills associated with the social work practice roles introduced in SW4401. Special attention will be given to the application of these skills within a northern based practice setting. This is an experiential course which utilizes a wide variety of social work laboratory techniques.
May be taken by Social Work students only.

Social Work 4253 (ST)
Special Issues in Social Work
3-0; or 3-0
This course shall be offered in response to identified areas of special interest primarily for the human service community.

Social Work 4300
Theory of Social Work Practice
3-0; 3-0
Co-requisite: SW3401 and 4407
This course 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.
Note:
This course is restricted to students enroled in the One Year Social Work program only.

Social Work 4401
Theory of Social Work Practice II
3-0; 3-0
Prerequisite: SW3401 and 3501
Co-requisite: SW4217 and 4501
This course 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.
This course may only be taken by fourth year Social Work students.

Social Work 4405
Research in Social Work
3-0; 3-0
Critical examination of selected research materials in the field of social work. Discussion of the role of the social work practitioner as a consumer of research findings and participant in research. Quantitative approaches to the measurements of cost and effectiveness of services will be examined; as well as qualitative approaches to program evaluation.

Social Work 4407
Foundation Skills in Social Work Practice
3-0; 3-0
Co-requisite: SW4300
This course provides students with the opportunity to understand and learn about the professional use of self. 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 particularly in a northern context. A laboratory approach is used whereby students learn through self-examination exercises and participation in role playing.
This course is restricted to students admitted into the one-year Social Work program.
Students who have previously taken Social Work 3407 may not take Social Work 4407 for credit.

Social Work 4410/Women's Studies 4410
Feminist Perspectives in Social Work
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: SW 1100 or Women's Studies 1100
This course examines the particular effects of social policies on women, in areas such as the labour market, social assistance, child care, custody and access, and violence. It also explores the insights that feminist perspectives bring to practice with women, taking into account diversity along dimensions of race, class and sexual orientation.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Social Work 4411/Indigenous Learning 4411
Social Work Practice and Aboriginal People
3-0; or 3-0
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.
Students who have previously taken Social Work 3411/Indigenous Learning 3411 may not take Social Work 4411/Indigenous Learning 4411 for credit.

Social Work 4501
Field Instruction II
Four Year Program: Total 420 hours (60 days in fall and winter terms)
One Year Program: Total 350 hours (spring term)
Prerequisite: SW3501
Co-requisite (Four Year program): SW4401 and 4217
A combined social work practice experience and seminars for deepening and refining the student's knowledge and skills in social work intervention. The student will spend an equivalent of 60 days in field work experience.
Note: One Year students must complete a total of 700 hours (100 days) as the requirement for a combined placement (SW3501 and 4501) in the same setting.
May be taken by Social Work students only.

Social Work 4511/Sociology 4511/Women's Studies 4511/Gerontology 4511
Sociology of Disability

Social Work 4610
Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations
3-0; or 3-0
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.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Social Work 4677
Administration in Social Work Organizations
3-0; or 3-0
This course examines the administrative and organizational context of social work with implications for the delivery of human services. Particular attention is given to helping the student understand the social agency as a complex organization in relation to client problem outcomes. Some emphasis is placed on specific administrative and organizational considerations relating to social service delivery systems in northwestern Ontario.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Social Work 4770/Gerontology 4770
Psychosocial Palliative Care
3-0; or 3-0
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.

Social Work 4919 (ST)
Special Topics I
3-0; or 3-0
A reading course specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to investigate topics of special interest.

Social Work 4939 (ST)
Special Topics II
3-0; or 3-0
A reading course specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to investigate topics of special interest.

GRADUATE COURSES

Information regarding graduate programs and courses offered by the School of Social Work may be found in the Faculty of Graduate Studies section of this Calendar on page 294.


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