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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Undergraduate Courses Social Work
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.

Social Work 1100      Introduction to Social Welfare
Credit Weight: 1
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Social Work 2401      Foundations of Social Work Practice
Credit Weight: 1
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Social Work 3215      Preparatory Skills for Social Work Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Corequisite(s): Social Work 3401
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: This course is restricted to third year Social Work Students only.
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Social Work 3230      Dementia Care: A Case Study Approach
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: See Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology, Courses, for full course description.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 3230
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Social Work 3313      Northern Social Work Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May be taken by Social Work students only.
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Social Work 3315      Foundation Skills in Social Work Practice I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Social Work 3215
Corequisite(s): Social Work 3401
Description: This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the counselling/communication skills associated with practice roles as introduced in Social Work 3401. 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.
Offering: 0-3; or 0-3
Notes: May be taken by Social Work students only.
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Social Work 3401      Theory of Social Work Practice I
Credit Weight: 1
Corequisite(s): Social Work 3215Social Work 4407
Description: 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.
Offering: 6-0; 0-0
Notes: May be taken by Social Work students only.
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Social Work 3413      Child Welfare
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: This course may be taken by fourth year students.
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Social Work 3415      Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: This course open only to second, third and fourth year students.
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Social Work 3437      Social Work Practice with Older People
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 3437
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: This course open only to second, third and fourth year students.
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Social Work 3439      Living with Grief and Loss
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 3439
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 3450      Introduction to Case Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Nursing 3450/Women's Studies 3450/Gerontology 3450
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Social Work 3501      Field Instruction I
Credit Weight: 1
Prerequisite(s): Social Work 3401
Corequisite(s): Social Work 3315  Social Work 4407
Description: 350 hours total (4 days a week = 50 days in winter term) or equivalent 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.
Notes: 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.
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Social Work 3630      Social Work Practice with Children and Families
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: This course may be taken by fourth year students.
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Social Work 4055      Interprofessional Education and Wellness
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Kinesiology 4055/Nursing 4055/Gerontology 4055
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Social Work 4212      Social Policy and Social Welfare
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Description: Examination of in-depth approaches to policy making and critical analysis of selected welfare policies in Canada on municipal, provincial and national levels.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May be taken by Social Work students only.
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Social Work 4213      Violence and Social Work Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 4213
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 4217      Foundation Skills in Social Work Practice II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Social Work 3315, 3401, 3501
Corequisite(s): Social Work 4401 and 4501
Description: 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.
Offering: 0-3; or 0-3
Notes: May be taken by Social Work students only.
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Social Work 4253      Special Issues in Social Work
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This course shall be offered in response to identified areas of special interest primarily for the human service community.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 4300      Theory of Social Work Practice
Credit Weight: 1
Corequisite(s): Social Work 3401, 4407
Description: 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:
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: This course is restricted to students enroled in the One Year Social Work program only.
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Social Work 4401      Theory of Social Work Practice II
Credit Weight: 1
Prerequisite(s): Social Work 3401, 3501
Corequisite(s): Social Work 4217, 4501
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: This course may only be taken by fourth year Social Work students.
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Social Work 4405      Research in Social Work
Credit Weight: 1
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Social Work 4407      Foundation Skills in Social Work Practice
Credit Weight: 1
Corequisite(s): Social Work 4300
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: 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.
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Social Work 4410      Feminist Perspectives in Social Work
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Social Work 1100 or Women's Studies 1100
Description: 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.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 4410
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 4411      Social Work Practice and Aboriginal People
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Cross-List(s): Indigenous Learning 4411
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Social Work 3411/Indigenous Learning 3411 may not take Social Work 4411/Indigenous Learning 4411 for credit.
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Social Work 4501      Field Instruction II
Credit Weight: 1
Prerequisite(s): Social Work 3501
Corequisite(s): Social Work 4401, 4217
Description: Four Year Program: Total 420 hours (60 days in fall and winter terms) One Year Program: Total 350 hours (spring term) 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.
Notes: Note: One Year students must complete a total of 700 hours (100 days) as the requirement for a combined placement (Social Work 3501, 4501) in the same setting.  May be taken by Social Work students only.
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Social Work 4511      Sociology of Disability
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: See Department of Sociology, Courses, Sociology 4511, for full course description.
Cross-List(s): Sociology 4511/Women's Studies 4511/Gerontology 4511
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Social Work 4610      Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 4677      Administration in Social Work Organizations
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 4770      Psychosocial Palliative Care
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: 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.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 4770
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 4919      Special Topics I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A reading course specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to investigate topics of special interest.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 4939      Special Topics II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A reading course specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to investigate topics of special interest.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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