SOWK 201 - Introduction to Social Welfare

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.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


ENGL 100, or permission of the Chair


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Introducing Social Welfare
- The History of Social Welfare in Canada
- Challenges to Social Welfare
- Social Welfare Theory
- Making Social Policy in Canada
- Canadians Living in Poverty
- Employment, Unemployment, and Workers’ Compensation
- Women and the Family
- Children and Families in Poverty
- The Social Welfare of Immigrants
- Aboriginal Social Welfare
- Disability and Social Welfare
- The Elderly and Retired
- Globalization and Social Welfare


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of SOWK 201, students will be able to:
- Describe the historical roots of the social welfare system in Canada with the three founding Nations
- Recognize the methods of policy-making in Canada and identify how policy connects to social work practice
- Identify the political positions on policy and program development and explain how it reflects the value base of social work
- Analyse the structural cause and policies that impact marginalized populations in Canada
- Discuss their own values and beliefs in relation to social policy and social service delivery
- Describe the differing political ideologies addressing private troubles and public issues
- Examine the service delivery models of social welfare programs


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C+ (65%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


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