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Global Perspectives in Social Work

Course Code: SOWK 4260
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Social Work
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, students will examine the impact of globalization on social welfare in the local and international contexts. Course content will include contemporary and historical issues related to indigenous peoples, social justice, the environment, wealth, gender, human rights, and political freedoms, particularly as these relate to migration and settlement. Students will consider how globalizing forces are manifest in local communities in order to respond to and anticipate the social consequences of this process. Special attention will be given to investigating and applying principles and practices developed by indigenous peoples.

Course Content

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 assess and anticipate the impact of globalization on social welfare at the local and international level.
  • Knowledge of global events and trends informs social work assessment, advocacy, intervention and planning.
  • Social workers evaluate and adjust practice in response to emerging global changes.
  • Social workers are knowledgeable of, and prepared to adopt promising practices developed in Canada and internationally.
  • Emerging practices for international collaboration and social welfare developed by or in partnership with indigenous peoples offer unique perspectives which may foster innovation and creativity to meet the challenges posed by globalization.

Methods of Instruction

Small group discussion

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.
Typical means of assessment may include some or all of the following:

Written paper
Presentation (individual or group).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Provide an analysis of the impact of global issues and global change on society and specifically how these changes relate to social welfare of people in the Lower Mainland and throughout Canada.
  2. Provide examples of the impact of a globalized system on the social welfare of people locally and internationally.
  3. Evaluate policies governing immigration to Canada, and Canadian policies and practices related to refugees within a historical context of human migration.
  4. Critically examine the effects of colonization on indigenous peoples in the global community and articulate  personal values concerning colonization, and indigenous issues and rights.
  5. Explain social problems such as international human trafficking and the exploitation of migrant labour, and formulate a social work response to these problems at the local level.
  6. Examine the impact of migration on individuals, families, and communities in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and design community-based strategies to target improvements consistent with the social determinants of health.
  7. Compare social work values and ethics to similar/competing global goals.
  8. Understand and critique the role of major international institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank and the World Trade Organization in international economic and social development.

course prerequisites




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.