Use of multimedia resources.
Course content will be guided by research, empirical knowledge and best practice. The following values and principles, consistent with professional standards, inform course content.
- Social workers require a comprehensive knowledge of Canadian cultural and political history.
- Addressing oppression is a central function of the practice of social work.
- A broad understanding of contemporary social problems in Canadian society, and the complexity of current public and private settings for meeting these problems, is critical to practice.
- Through collaborative work with individuals, groups and communities, social workers facilitate empowerment, social change, and mutual aid.
- Social workers require awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity about self, culture and ethnicity.
- A critical analysis of the role of social work in society is necessary for effective social work practice.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the major ideologies that give direction to the practice of social work in Canada.
- Describe the nature of social work including ethics and values of the profession.
- Identify the roles of a generalist social work practitioner.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles of anti-oppressive social work practice.
- Describe the social determinants of health and well being.
- Analyze the relationship between personal struggles and public issues (social structures) and how racism, heterosexism, classism, colonialism, ageism and ableism promote inequalities in society.
- Describe major theoretical and practice approaches that inform social work and analyze the contexts within which social work is practiced (individual, families, groups, communities, institutions, research and policy).
Text(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:
Hick, S, (2009). Social welfare in Canada (3rd ed.). Toronto: Thompson.
Chappell, R. (2014). Social welfare in Canadian society. Toronto: Nelson Education.
Turner, J.C. and Turner, F.J. (2010). Canadian social welfare. Toronto: Pearson, Allyn, and Bacon.
Canadian Social Work Association. (2005). Code of Ethics.