||Students in this course will learn about the history of
and social welfare in Canada. The course will focus on
students to understand the
movements, sociocultural practices, and ethics that have contributed to
development of Social Work as a profession, as well as the values that
inform the profession. The course is designed to help students
recognize the relationships between history,theory, and praxis in
social interventions, with the goal of contemplating the various ways
in which a society can ethically respond to human need and social
suffering. Students also will gain some perspective on research in
Social Work, as well asthe role of social workers and their practice
around the globe.
- Thursday, September 1: Hand out and review course outline, obtain text, introduction discussions.
- Read Chapter 1 The Canadian Welfare State Today for next class
- Tuesday, September 6: What is social welfare? What is social work?
- Read Chapter 2 Income Security and Social Welfare
September 8: Income Security and Social Welfare programs in Canada and
Alberta. What is the difference between a universal program and a
selective income security program? Who are Canada’s poor?
- Read Chapter 3 The History of Social Work
- Tuesday, September 13: What are the three phases of the evolution of social work in Canada?
- Read Chapter 5 Social Work as a Profession
September 15: What roles can a social worker take on? What are the key
values and ethics that guide the practise of social work?
- Read Chapter 4 Theories and Approaches to Social Work Practise
September 20: What is functional theory, strengths–based theory, social
systems theory, and structural approach theory? What are the key social
work practise skills? What is empowerment? Class Exercise: We will be
drawing our own ecosystem identifying those systems we interact with
and are effected by in our own lives.
- Thursday, September 22: No Class – Interdisciplinary Studies Conference
September 27: Continuation: What is anti-oppressive practise? What are
psychologically based theories of practise? What is narrative therapy?
What is task centered practise? Be prepared to discuss: What practise
theory fits with your values and beliefs?
- Read Chapter 6 Social Work with Individuals and Families
- Thursday, September 29: Exam 1 chapters 1-5.
is clinical direct practise? What is the process for direct practise?
What are the social work direct practise skills?
- Tuesday, October 4: Continue Chapter 6. Practise basic social work interviewing/practise skills.
- Read Chapter 10 Social Work and Women
- Thursday, October 6: Personal Reflection Assignment due
- What are the principles of feminist practise? Violence against women and the role of social work.
- Read Chapter 7 Social Work with Groups and Communities
October 11: Types of groups. Group dynamics to be aware of.
What are the stages of group development? What are the skills needed
for group facilitation? Keys to community work. What are the phases in
community work? Group exercise
- Read Chapter 8 Social Work with Children and Youth
- Thursday, October 13: What is child welfare? What is child abuse? Youth and Crime issues.
- Guest Speaker – Janice Adamson BSW RSW - Alberta Children and Youth Services
- Read Chapter 9 Social Work and the Health of Canadians
- Tuesday, October 18: Universal health care and medical/mental health social work practise.
- Guest Speaker – Papiya Das MSW RSW – Mental health Social Worker
- Thursday, October 20: Exam 2 Chapters 6 – 10
- Work on your social issues paper
- Read Chapter 11 Social Work and Aboriginal People
- Tuesday, October 25: Who are the Aboriginal People? The Indian Act. Aboriginal Social Work Practise.
- Read Chapter 13 Social Work and the Elderly
- Thursday, October 27: Healthy vs Unhealthy Seniors. What is elder abuse?
- Read Chapter 12 Social Work with Racialized Canadians and Immigrants
November 1: History of Canada’s Race Relations. Canada’s
Immigration Policy and Multi-culturalism Policy. VIDEO: Pier 21
- Guest Speaker – Asma Sai – Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Services CSS
- Read Chapter 14 Social Work and Sexual and Gender Diversity
November 3: What are the two major developments that have shaped
society’s thinking about gender and sexuality? Social Work Counselling
Practise for individuals with sexual and gender diversity.
- Guest Speaker – Evan Westfal- Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services U of A
- Read Chapter 15 Social Work with Persons with Disabilities
November 8: Who are People with Disabilities? Types of
disabilities. Theories of Disability. Disability and social work
- Read Chapter 16 International Social Work Practise
- Thursday, Nov. 10: No class – Fall break
November 15: What is International Social Work? Human Rights Policy and
Practise. International Social Work opportunities. Social Action/Social
- Thursday, November 17: Exam 3 Chapters 11 – 16
Social Action - We will be writing a letter to the appropriate source
ex. Editor of the Edmonton Journal, Mayor of Edmonton, Minister of the
government department on a social issue.
- We will
need some people with laptops to bring them to class so we can get our
draft copies of our letters typed and then have them finalize them for
next class and sent or emailed.
- Tuesday, November 22: Social Action exercise completed
- Thursday, November 24: Social Issues Paper Due & Presentations begin
- Tuesday, November 29: Social Issues Presentations
- Thursday, December 1: Social Issues Presentations
- Tuesday, December 6: Social Issues Presentations
- Thursday, December 8 Last class! Social Issues Presentations if needed.
evaluation. Discussion of your view of social work, is this the
profession for you? What has been your most significant learning? Any
questions about social work not previously