SOWK 200 - Introduction to Social Work Practice

This course offers an introduction to critical and generalist social work practice, which is concerned with personal troubles faced by individuals, families, groups and communities. The major histories, ideologies and values that influence the profession of social work practice are explored. An understanding and application of critical thinking and social work values are applied to social justice obligations


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


ENGL 100, or permission of the Chair


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Social Work and Social Welfare
- History of Social Work
- Social Work Theory and Approaches to Practice
- Social Work with Individuals, Groups, and Communities
- Social Work and Child Welfare in Canada
- Social Work and Health of Canadians
- Mental Health and Social Work Practice
- Social Work and Women
- Social Work with Indigenous Communities
- Social Work with Racialized Canadians and Immigrants
- Social Work with Older Canadians
- Social Work and Sexual and Gender Diversity
- Social Work and Persons with Disabilities
- International Social Work Practice


Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of SOWK 200 students will be able:
- Identify the major historical roots, ideological influences and values that have shaped social work practice.
- Describe how social work as a profession directs its activities toward helping people resolve personal problems and the relationship between private troubles and public issues.
- Compare the major contexts within which social work is practiced with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
- Identify fundamental social work values and apply them to social work practice.
- Understand and apply social work practice frameworks including ecological, critical/structural, feminist, anti-oppressive and planned change theories.
- Describe social work practice within the context of social change and social justice obligations.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically think about social work theories and practice.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C+ (65%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


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