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  • SWP 132 - Critical Social Work Foundations
    An introduction to the history, knowledge and values of social work and social welfare, including the roles and functions of social workers within organizational settings. Emphasis is placed on reflectivity and social work ethics as important guides for practice. Drawing on critical and anti-oppressive perspectives, students will develop beginning analytical skills in understanding social work, an introduction to the challenges of contemporary power dynamics and the promotion of social justice.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Custom Requisites: Available to Social Work students only.
  • SWP 201 - Preparing for Social Work Practice
    This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of the interface between theory and practice, to promote the transferability of knowledge and skills. The primary focus of the course is the development of skills essential for a beginning social worker working within a decolonizing and anti-oppression framework. Skill areas include developing self-knowledge, communication for, and orientation to, the field placement experience.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (SWP132 and SWP 331) or 3rd Semester Advanced Standing Students
  • SWP 301 - Decolonizing and Anti-Oppression Practice
    This course is designed to increase the capacity of students to understand and apply decolonizing anti-oppression principles and approaches to a range of different social work settings. Students will develop analytical and conceptual skills and will deepen their knowledge and understanding of power, colonization, and transformation, as these relate to working within marginalized populations. The integration and application of social work theory and knowledge to practice situations are emphasized.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 302 - Social Policy: Welfare and Programs
    This course examines major concepts, roots, and social, cultural, political and economic trends shaping social policy and social welfare in Canada. It explores the increased needs for social protection and the desires for recognition by diverse groups and focuses on the impacts of the re-structuring of social systems and globalization on exclusion and structural inequalities. The discussions address social welfare programs, practices and current challenges for service users, social work and social change. (SWP 302 and SWP 402 replace former equivalent course SWP 22A/B).
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (SWP 132 and SWP 331) or 3rd Semester Advanced Standing
  • SWP 31A/B - Social Work Practice Seminar

    Based on School's Mission, this first practice seminar provides students with social work knowledge and skills for practice. Building on various theoretical perspectives, with an emphasis on anti-oppression practice, this course explores the process of social work assessment and various change processes. This course builds on knowledge from previous social work courses and the current practicum experience. It provides opportunities for students to reflect on and apply theory to practice for skill development.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs./3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 1/1
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
    Co-Requisites: SWP 36A
  • SWP 331 - Social Work Theories of Practice
    The course explores theories that influence the practice of social work.These theories are examined within the context of anti-oppressive perspectives. Attention is given to the social and institutional arrangements that determine definitions of social problems and the social work responses to these problems. Students will critically analyze their social location, professional role and ethical responsibilities.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: SWP 132 or 3rd Semester Advanced Standing or Direct Entry
  • SWP 335 - Power, Resistance and Change
    Theories of power and oppression, understandings of intersectionality, forms of resistance, and processes of social change will be examined in the course. Identified social issues and problems will be related to social work theory and practice. The course emphasizes skills of critical thinking, self-reflection, and dialogue and their relationship to social change processes.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (SWP 132 and SWP 331) or 3rd Semester Advanced Standing
  • SWP 341 - Transformative Social Work Practices
    Building upon conceptual frameworks that inform social work practice, the course develops strategies, approaches and skills that reflect an anti-oppression perspective. Specific attention is given to centering the person in all interventive approaches; addressing issues of difference and power; drawing on people's strengths and understandings; solidarity building; addressing resistance; and developing critical consciousness. Specific skills will include: active listening, reframing, open-ended questions, advocacy, reflexivity.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd Semester Required Courses
  • SWP 36A/B - Field Practicum

    This first field practicum placement offers the student beginning level experience with an emphasis on understanding social work skills, values and ethics in practice with direct service users within the community, organizational and policy context of practice. Most students attend placement two days a week for two semesters with required on-campus integration seminars; alternate methods of completing this credit may be available to students with extensive prior experience or those undertaking an international placement.

    Weekly Contact: Lab: 14 hrs./14 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 2/2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
    Co-Requisites: SWP 31A and SWP 301
  • SWP 402 - Social Policy and Social Inclusion
    Building on SWP 302, this course focuses on approaches and tools for social action and social change, moving students from a theoretical knowledge of social policies to a practical, action-oriented focus on making social claims visible and building program capacity. It examines issues of governance, funding structures, voices, exclusionary processes, and experiences with the social welfare system. The course explores strategies of collaboration and citizen engagement for social inclusion and social change. (SWP 302 and SWP 402 replace former equivalent course SWP 22A/B).
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 435 - Aboriginal Approaches to Social Work
    The course introduces students to issues confronted by contemporary Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Aboriginal perspectives on the origins of these issues and their resolution will be examined in the context of aboriginal self-determination. Students will examine the importance of world views, identity, and values of Aboriginal peoples and themselves in the provision of services. Aboriginal perspectives on the role of "helper", "healer", and "ally" will be addressed.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (CMN 100, SWP 302 and SWP 335) or (SWP 201, SWP 302 and SWP 335)
  • SWP 50A/B - Advanced Social Work Practice Seminar

    This practice theory seminar emphasizes the integration of knowledge of social work practice, research and social policy. Social work practice theories will focus on direct application in work with individuals, families, groups and communities. This course emphasizes ethical considerations of client factors such as ethnicity, gender, race, culture, sexuality, age, etc. and student's personal and professional values in preparation for graduation and the assumption of roles as direct service practitioners in the community.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs./3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 1/1
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: All 5th and 6th Semester Required Courses
    Co-Requisites: SWP 51A/B
  • SWP 51A/B - Field Practicum

    The second practicum emphasizes students learning in the field about themselves and social work practice through: developing critical self-reflexivity in working with people and transformative activities; engaging in anti-oppressive support and change processes; understanding links between policy, research and practice and how these are influenced by social, economic, political and organizational contexts; understanding professional roles and values and ethics of social work. Students are in field placement three days a week for two semesters.

    Weekly Contact: Lab: 21 hrs./21 hrs.
    GPA weight: 2.00
    Billing Units: 2/2
    Count: 2.00
    Prerequisites: All 5th and 6th Semester Required Courses
    Co-Requisites: SWP 50A/B
  • SWP 538 - Social Work Research: Part I
    This course provides an introduction to quantitative social research epistemologies relevant to an anti-oppression practice framework. The course explores ethics, ownership, research for and with marginalized communities, inclusiveness and critical reflexivity while designing and conducting research. It critically examines steps in the quantitative research process. As a strategy to effect change, students will acquire the knowledge and skill to conduct quantitative research and to critically assess research articles in the literature from an anti-oppression framework. (SWP 538 and SWP 638 replace former equivalent course SWP 38A/B).
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 638 - Social Work Research: Part II
    Building on Part I, this course provides an introduction to qualitative research from critical, interpretive, anti-oppression and Indigenous peoples' perspectives. The course explores ethics, ownership, research for and with marginalized communities, inclusiveness and critical reflexivity while designing and conducting research. Students will acquire knowledge and skills to conduct qualitative research, program evaluations and community-based research as a strategy for effecting change. (SWP 538 and SWP 638 replace former equivalent course SWP 38A/B).
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: SWP 538
  • SWP 900 - Race and Ethnicity
    This course examines current debates around the concepts of race and ethnicity in Canada. The historical and contemporary social context of race and ethnicity will be examined with respect to interrelated discourses of gender, class, sexual orientation, nation, and colonialism. Anti-oppression and anti-racism responses will be explored.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required courses or Disability Studies students or Direct Entry
  • SWP 901 - Youth and Social Justice
    The terms 'youth' and 'crime' are often used interchangeably. Young people are typically portrayed as threats, deviant, deficient, or dangerous. In recent years, such concerns have crystallized in a myriad of interventions, reform programs and policies designed to affect their compliance, discipline, guidance, protection, control and punishment and prevent 'anti-social' and 'undesirable behaviour. This course examines anti-oppression approaches to work with youth affected by these perspectives and interventions.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 902 - Gerontology
    This course presents a study of aging or social gerontology. Implications of legislation, policies and programs will be explored along with an examination of how structural inequalities and system issues impact a diverse Canadian population. The course will also explore ethical issues affecting an aging population and will place the aging process, within a historical context. The roles of professional helpers, issues around community care and care-giving, and factors affecting care-givers will be discussed.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 903 - Crisis Intervention
    This course will offer a background in theories and strategies of intervention in crisis situations. A number of important themes will be addressed including; the helper/client relationship, suicide intervention, violence against women, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and incest, recovery and aftermath of trauma, crisis related to substance abuse, illness, death and loss, poverty and homelessness, and community programs for crisis intervention. Students will have an opportunity to practice crisis intervention skills through role plays and vignettes.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Year Required courses or Disability Studies students or Direct Entry
  • SWP 905 - Criticl. Appr. to Mental Health and Madness
    This course critically examines mental health and madness, challenging the traditional focus on pathologization and medicalization. Guided by critical approaches that are anti-oppressive, anti-racist and decolonizing, students will explore how some social, economic, political and historical practices may negatively affect mental well-being and how others may be healing. Through reframing and reflecting, students will begin to create their own critical practice with respect to mental health policy, promotion and care.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SWP 906 - Gerontology: Social Policy and Soc Security
    This course will explore the impact of social policies on aging populations. A Canadian perspective will be taken. The significance of changing Canadian demographic factors for social planning will be analyzed and the special needs of the elderly, relative to retirement, income maintenance and leisure will be explored in the context of the social process of aging.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: (SWP 302, SWP 331, SWP 335, SWP 341, SWP 402 and SWP 435) or Direct Entry
  • SWP 907 - Inequality, Oppression and Health
    The history of a people, cultural background and the social environment in which people grow, live, work and play have a powerful influence on health. These historic and societal factors determine why some people are healthy and others become ill. This course will enable students to understand and explain how inequality and oppression impact health. Strategies to address these health determinants across a diversity of health contexts will be explored.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 908 - Social Group Work
    This course focuses on the theory, context and practice of social group work. Different theoretical foundations for social group work are explored, as well as the impact of funding, agency mandates and socio-political climate. Social group work processes and activities are critically examined, including exploration, assessment, group design, implementation and evaluation. A commitment to social work values is stressed, along with the intersection of social location with social group work practice.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 909 - Social Work and the Law: Children and Family
    This course will focus on the many areas of the law that social workers need to be familiar with in order to work with children and families (e.g. marriage, co-habitation, separation, divorce, custody, access, child protection and substitute decision-making). Students will be helped to understand their legal obligations as social workers and to become more comfortable with what might be expected of them in working with lawyers and in courts.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 910 - Queer Theory and Identities
    Same-sex affectional and physical expression has rarely been accepted in Euro-centric cultures. Social institutions have explicitly regulated and stigmatized specific sexual/emotional behaviours. The course examines these social dynamics and their consequences for people who express difference. The on-going organizing and strategizing of excluded people and communities is a central theme of the course. Social work responses will be explored with attention to diversity, with the aim of providing inclusive and relevant services.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Social Work courses or in Disability Studies or Direct Entry
    Antirequisites: POL 510
  • SWP 914 - Ethics and Values for Social Work
    This course examines the nature of values, ethics and human rights, discusses major sources of ethical misconduct, mistakes and dilemmas in social work, and seeks to assist students in developing and applying frameworks for ethical decision-making in practice. Theoretical orientations to ethics and the current context of values and ethics within our social/economic/political context are critically examined. Conflicts between personal, professional, workplace and public values and a critical evaluation of codes of ethics are explored.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 915 - Independent Study I
    This course provides students with an opportunity to engage in specialized scholarly and project work within the field of social work, where the content of the proposed studies is unavailable in the curriculum. The proposed area of study must be related to the research and field interests, and availability of a social work faculty member. A plan of study must be submitted by the student and approved by the faculty member prior to course registration.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 916 - Independent Study II
    This course provides students with the opportunity to continue studies from SWP 915 in greater depth, or to pursue another specialized area of scholarly and project work in the field of social work, where the content of the proposed studies is unavailable in the curriculum. The proposed area of study must be related to the research and field interests, and availability of a social work faculty member. A plan of study must be submitted by the student and approved by the faculty member prior to course registration.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: SWP 915
  • SWP 917 - Special Topics I
    This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced seminar studies on issues and themes of immediate and current significance in the field of social work, where the content of the proposed seminar is unavailable in the curriculum. Seminars will be offered where there is demonstrated student interest, and available faculty expertise in the subject.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 918 - Special Topics II
    This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced seminar studies on issues and themes of immediate and current significance in the field of social work, where the content of the proposed seminar is unavailable in SWP 917 or in the curriculum. Seminars will be offered where there is demonstrated student interest, and available faculty expertise in the subject.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Consent: Departmental consent required
  • SWP 919 - Substance Use and Abuse
    This course provides a framework for understanding fundamental concepts in substance use and critically examining addiction as a social construct. It addresses some key domains in the addiction field, including: underlying theories of addiction, stigma and its impact on diverse populations, pharmacology, screening and case management, Canadian drug policy, prevention and harm reduction. Students will gain a critical understanding of the scope of the addiction field and its relevance to direct practice and social policy.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 920 - Addressing Substance Use and Abuse
    This course focuses on current best practices in addiction treatment, with an emphasis on linking theory, research and practice. Assessment tools and research-based treatment interventions are critically examined for their relevance and application to diverse client populations. Self-help, alternative treatment approaches and methods of evaluating treatment outcome are also explored. Students will leave the course with core knowledge and skills in applying different treatment approaches to a variety of service settings and contexts.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 921 - Disability Issues Social Work Practice
    This course provides a framework for critically analyzing disability issues consistent with an anti-oppression/social justice perspective, one that explores the societal roots of disability disadvantage. Students are introduced to the concepts of oppression, devaluation, ableism, and intersectionality and to a range of theories including social role valorization. We challenge some of the traditional (and damaging) assumptions made about the perceived "needs" of disabled people and examine strategies that can make a positive difference at the individual, community and societal levels.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
    Antirequisites: DST 501, INT 902
  • SWP 923 - Family Violence
    The course provides a critical examination of understandings of violence as experienced within families. Drawing on feminist perspectives within the field of gender based violence; forms of violence are identified along with societal and social work responses. The course examines, but is not limited to, domestic/intimate violence, sexual/physical assault, harassment, neglect and emotional abuse. Also included is a critique of practice approaches in working with survivors of violence.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 924 - Strategies for Addressing Conflict
    Conflict is a natural and common phenomenon in social interaction. Depending on how conflict is dealt with, the results can be positive or negative. This course is designed to provide students with practical skills and specific strategies for dealing with conflict in a variety of social work contexts: between individuals and social systems, between family members, between groups, between co-workers, and between participants of the public policy development process. This course will help the student to identify when different types of strategies may be more effective and how to implement them. Students will participate in hands-on case studies and role plays. They will be given an opportunity to re-explore real life conflicts from their own experiences.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
    Antirequisites: INT 905, INT 914
  • SWP 925 - Strong Helpers' Teachings
    Ogitchita Luwatilihunyunih (Aboriginal Translation) is designed to build upon the content and learning from SWP435. It provides students with an understanding of an anti-colonial theoretical framework when approaching social work with Aboriginal peoples. Students examine how social policies and research inform social work practice with Aboriginal peoples, with an emphasis on self-determination/sovereignty and Aboriginal research methodologies. They gain an understanding of the strengths of Aboriginal worldviews in helping others and address how to integrate these into their practice.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SWP 926 - Critical Practice with Queer Populations
    LGBTTIQ2 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Transsexual, Intersexed, Questioning, Two Spirited). The course examines and explores the historical and contemporary role of social work practice and research as it understands and relates to sexuality and gender and the social dynamics of heterosexism and homophobia. Critical self-reflection is one of many approaches used to identify those strategies that influence the social, political and professional contexts of social work practice within this domain.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 927 - Advocacy in Social Work
    This course will focus on social work advocacy, building upon an anti-oppressive, structural approach to social work, addressing social location, privilege, power-over, power-with, conflict and social change. More specifically, various types of advocacy will be analyzed with reference to social movement mobilization, transformative change, and social work values. Students will be offered an opportunity to participate in advocacy, as part of the on-going advocacy processes in the community.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 928 - International Social Work
    This course provides students with knowledge of social work practice in an international context with a focus on developing countries. The course is framed within the historical and contemporary social/political/cultural realities that impact social work and community work in developing countries. Consequently, concepts such as colonialism, globalization, wars, genocide and other forms of structural and systemic oppressions will be introduced as a means of understanding the complexities and challenges in international social work.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 929 - Working in Marginalized Communities
    This course is focused on examining the discourses on communities and populations that contribute to their marginalization and social exclusion. Through this examination, the impact of discourses that are produced through systemic policies, programs and practices by the media, educational, criminal justice, social welfare and other institutions will be explored. Anti-oppressive strategies, approaches and principles that support personal and social transformations are also addressed.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 930 - Spirituality in the Helping Professions
    This course emphasizes the interrelationship between spirituality and the helping professions among diverse individuals, families, communities and societies. The content provides a framework of knowledge, values and practice of holistic approaches and the integration of the professional and personal self. The role of spirituality in healing and social justice will be highlighted. This course is intended for Social Work students in the 3rd or 4th year of the program.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester required courses or Direct Entry Social Work students
  • SWP 931 - Human Rights for Social Workers
    This course reviews social work approaches to human rights and analyzes issues, concepts, policies, and legal and institutional structures associated with equity and human rights in Canada aimed at forwarding social work practice. The course will incorporate reference to the circumstances of Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups from a human rights perspective.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
  • SWP 932 - Evaluating Social Work Practices
    Given the increasing concern with accountability in the social services, social workers are consistently being asked to evaluate their practice effectiveness. This introductory course provides students with an opportunity to critically explore traditional and emerging approaches to evaluation. Various evaluation methodologies are reviewed, along with the political, ethical and contextual aspects of evaluation research. Students will develop the skills necessary for designing and implementing evaluation studies that include needs assessments, process evaluations and impact studies.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All 3rd and 4th Semester Required Courses or Direct Entry
    Co-Requisites: SWP 538
  • SWP 933 - Indigenous Health and Well Being
    Taking a global perspective, Indigenous health and wellness will be explored through the decolonizing theoretical framework of the Anishinaabe Medicine Wheel - a balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. The health status of Indigenous people globally, the Indigenous peoples of North America, and more specifically Aboriginal peoples of Canada will be discussed through social and political determinants of health lens. The course will also focus on promising health promotion practices and programs.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SWP 934 - Community Engagement Foundations
    This course will establish the historical evolution and theoretical underpinnings of community engagement as a process for enacting and supporting active citizen participation in community and civic affairs. The student will learn models, principles, and methods of community engagement. The course will cover a range of analytic frameworks from which action on community engagement and community development can occur.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SWP 935 - Engaging Diverse Communities
    This course will focus on building practice skills for working with diverse communities and engaging excluded groups in order to improve the well-being of their neighbourhoods and/or organizations. Students will learn to assess and understand the demographics of an area, the implications of these findings for guiding community outreach and engagement initiatives successfully, and how to develop and support implementation of an engagement plan with diverse communities and groups.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SWP 936 - Community Engagement Practices
    This course will study best practices for community capacity-building and improving community well-being. It will focus on the knowledge and skills required to effectively support the community engagement process. Case studies and experiential exercises will be used in the course to convey the skill-set that a community practitioner needs for effective community engagement and leadership development.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SWP 937 - Community Engagement Capstone
    This capstone course provides an opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired through previous courses. Individually or in small groups, and with course instructor approval, students select a project that reflects their own personal or professional interests. Examples of possible projects include the development of a presentation based on analysis of a set of real life scenarios or the analysis of a community issue or situation from the student's own professional milieu.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Consent: Departmental consent required
  • SWP 938 - Innovative Organizing in Precarious Times
    This course is designed to draw lessons and inspiration from various innovative models of community and workplace organizing for social change locally and globally. In the context of neoliberal globalization and growing inequalities, the course integrates a critical understanding on theoretical approaches on movement building with hands-on community practices on the importance of people, power and change.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • SWP 939 - Art and Social Transformation
    This course provides students with knowledge of the intersections between community practice and the uses of art. Specifically, the focus of the course will be on how art has been used to advance the cause of social transformation and resistance to marginalization, exploitation and powerlessness. Diverse mediums of art-production and performance such as photography, film, drama and storytelling will be explored. The course is framed within anti-oppression, anti-colonial and decolonizing theoretical frameworks.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00