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Community Practice: Employment

Course Code: CSSW 2322
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Community Social Service Work
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, students will examine the process of employment counselling based on four areas of focus: job loss, career planning, job search skills, and life skills. Students will have an opportunity to develop the practical skills necessary to assist people to make career transitions and to obtain employment. They will also examine the social and psychological effects of unemployment.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • One’s work and career satisfy multiple human needs.  Throughout life, a career is a major source of identity and motivation.
  • Occupational wellness emerges when individuals match their interests, personality traits, motivational patterns, and abilities with congruent work environments.  Arriving at an employment goal is the beginning of a process of change and learning.
  • Career changes are inevitable; some are predictable, some are developmental, others are necessitated by crisis.
  • From a systemic perspective, employment and unemployment are the result of many variables; global, national and local economies, culture, gender, education, familial employment patterns and expectations.
  • Individuals are unique in the ways they respond to job loss. 
  • Job loss affects not only the mind, body, and spirit of the individual, but also the health of the families and the community. 
  • Individuals who are seeking employment find support, encouragement and renewed self-esteem through participation in employment counseling and in groups.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Practice
  • Use of multimedia resources
  • Student presentations

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.  Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  1. Examinations
  2. Research reports
  3. Individual/group presentations
  4. Participation and attendance

 This is a letter graded course

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, within the following content areas the student will be able to:

  1. Unemployment:
    • identify social, economic, health and psychological issues
    • describe a range of strategies and skills for motivating individuals
    • demonstrate ability to understand and interpret labour force statistics
  2. Career Counselling:
    • identify sources of career information
    • demonstrate knowledge of the use of aptitude, interest and personality tests
  3. Motivation:
    • recognize individual differences with respect to motivation
    • describe a range of strategies and skills for motivating individuals
  4. Job Search:
    • describe methods for assisting clients to overcome barriers to employment (age, criminal record, language, skill, etc.)
    • demonstrate ability to prepare chronological and functional targeted resumes
    • demonstrate knowledge of the use of multiple approaches to job search including networking,
    • researching employers, use of phone contacts, direct contact with targeted employers, use of the hidden job market, follow up of contacts, call back, use of Internet
    • demonstrate ability to prepare for a job interview
  5. Job Club:
    • describe the philosophy, structure and method of  Job Club
  6. Legal:
    • describe the structure and operation of unions
    • identify relevant legislation

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.