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SOWK 200 - Introduction to Social Work Practice

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.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:





Course Content:
- Historical Foundations of Social Work
- Social Work Theories
- Ethic in Social Work Practice and Research
- Social Work with Individuals and families
- Social Work with Groups and Communities
- Social Work and Health
- Social Work Practice with Children
- Social Work and Aboriginal Peoples
- Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees
- Social Work and Sexual and Gender Diversity
- Disability and Social Work Practice
- Social Work with Aging Populations

- International social work practice


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: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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