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SOWK 200 - Introduction to Social Work Practice
Course Code:
SOWK 200


Calendar Description:
This course offers an introduction to generalist and critical social work practice, which is concerned with personal troubles faced by individuals and families in the broader community and societal context. Generalist social work practice skills, values and knowledge are introduced. Environments that have a crucial impact on social work practice are examined, specifically those of community, the employing organization, and professional organizations.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Course Content:
- The emergence of Social Work In Canada
- Ideological Foundations and Values of Social Work
- Social Work Roles
- Practice and Policy in a Field of Social Work Practice: Child Protection Services
- The Client-Social Worker Relationship: Voluntary and Involuntary Relationships
- Cultural Diversity, Cultural Awareness, and Social Work Practice
- Problem Solving in Social Work Practice
- The Broad Knowledge Base of Social Work
- Application of Focused Assessment within a Broad Knowledge Base
- Strengths-Based Practice as a Development Process
- An Aboriginal Approach to Social Work Practice
- Structural Social Work and Social Change
- Putting it Together; Problem-solving and Beyond

Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of SOWK 200, students will be able to:

- Identify the major historical roots, ideological influences and values that have shaped social work practice in Canada.
- Discuss how social work as a profession directs its activities toward helping people resolve personal problems and strives to respond to public issues and larger social problems affecting human well-being.
- Define what is meant by generalist social work practice, and have an understanding of its principle roles, functions and perspectives.
- Recognize the importance of natural helping and self-help groups to professional social work practice.
- Discuss the three major contexts within which social work is practiced: the community, the employing organization and professional social work bodies.
- Identify fundamental social work values and apply them to social work practice as indicated
- Understand and apply social work practice frameworks, including systems, ecological, structural, feminist, and planned change theories.
- Describe the “invisible walls” of class, gender, and race that produce and sustain inequalities in society.

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 35 %
Midterm Exam: 25 %
Assignments: 40 %

Number of Assignments:

Writing Assignments:
Discussion Postings and Article Critique

Percentage of Individual Work:

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