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SOWK 201 - Introduction to Social Welfare
Course Code:
SOWK 201


Calendar Description:
This course introduces students to the complex system of social welfare in Canada from a critical social work perspective. Social programs are guided by social policy therefore various influences on social policy development are also explored. Particular, attention is paid to the differential impact of social policy on the well-being of various groups in society including our political system, Ideology, globalization and professional social work.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online: Yes
Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables.

Pre-Requisites: None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Rearticulation Submission: No

Course Content:
- Nature of Canadian Social Welfare
- Social Welfare Policy
- Historical Foundations
- Social Welfare in an Era of Economic Uncertainty
- Service Sectors
- Social Agencies
- Service Providers
- Promoting Change in Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Settings
- The Social Welfare of Low-Income Groups
- The Social Welfare of Children and Their Families
- Social Welfare of Older Canadians
- Aboriginal Canadians and the Social Welfare System
- The Social Welfare of Recent Immigrants
- Social Welfare and People with A Disabilities

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of SOWK 201, students will be able to:
1. Describe the historical and contemporary social welfare influences on the delivery of social services in Canada
2. Recognize the methods of policy-making in Canada and identify how policy connects to social work practice
3. Identify their position on policy and program development and explain how it reflects the value base of social work
4. Recognize how social policy promotes or inhibits the humane treatment of marginalized groups in Canadian society
5. Explain the major facts concerning economic disadvantage and understand the differential impact with reference to
specific groups
6. Discuss their own values and beliefs in relation to social policy and social service delivery

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 20 %
Midterm Exam: 15 %
Assignments: 50 %
Other: 15 %

Number of Assignments:

Writing Assignments:
Social policy paper; Social Policy Presentation

Percentage of Individual Work:

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