Social Work Course Listing


SW 001 - Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health
Students will work as a team under the supervision of professional mentors to provide after hours primary health care services, with measures in place to ensure continuity of care and health promotion.

SW 100 - Foundations in Social Work
This course explores social issues confronting the state, social welfare agencies and social workers in addressing and responding to societal inequalities and human need. Students will also be introduced to the roles and fields of practice in social work in Canada and the values and ethics that guide the profession. *SW 100 should be taken as the first Social Work course.

SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work
(Yukon College only) This course provides an overview of both First Nations and western social work models, historical development, and current practice issues. Students are introduced to a critical analysis of the social work profession, and exposed to a range of social work theories and models.

SW 202 - Critical Issues/Critical Thought
This course examines the foundations of critical thinking with application to social work issues in such areas as oppression, poverty, health, child welfare and violence. *Note: It is recommended that SW 100 be taken prior to SW 202*

SW 346 - Social Work Practice I
This course examines the principles, concepts and skills related to social work with individuals, families, and groups, providing a theoretical framework for generalist social work practice. *Note: SW 346 must be taken prior to or concurrently with SW 347. For Yukon SW programs, SW 346 is a prerequisite for SW 347.*

SW 347 - Social Work Practice II
This course aims to develop an understanding of the characteristics of organizations, institutions and communities. Students will gain knowledge about macro practice theories and will begin to develop and enhance the social work skills used in various practice settings. Students will think critically about the structural responses to social distress. ***Prerequisite: SW 346. Concurrent enrolment is allowed.***

SW 348 - Social Work Practicum I
Students, with support of agency supervision, will become directly involved in social work services and systems within the community, and experience professional practice. Seminars assist in the integration of theory and practice through sharing of experience and knowledge. ***Prerequisite: Completion of SW 100, SW 346, SW 390, and 6 other social work credit hours*** *Note: All students must have a minimum GPA of 70% on the social work portion of the BSW to be eligible to register for SW 348.* *Note: Practicum requires 230 hours in your placement, typically done as 2 days per week over 15 weeks. In addition, a mandatory orientation session is held prior to the field placement and students are required to attend bi-weekly seminars. Graded on a pass/fail basis. No mid-term break. Pre-Social Work students are not eligible to register for SW 348.* Exception: Yukon and Aurora College have different requirements and procedures for SW 348 and students should speak to their Academic Advisor.

SW 350 - Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
The aim of this course is to unravel the underlying threads of multiple oppressions and the intersection of various sources and forms of oppression. The course will focus on anti-oppressive theoretical perspectives, laws, actions, advocacy, social work ethics and their application to social work practice and policy.

SW 352 - Cultural Camp
Students live and work together with members of an Indigenous community for seven days to create an experience where they learn about traditional values and the current realities of the hosting community. Students learn how to build community and work with people from different cultural backgrounds. ***Prerequisite: SW 389***

SW 355 - Developing Community through Investigation and Structural Transformation
This course will examine social work values and methods in relationship to societal issues. Specific social problems will be identified leading to an examination of the environment in which they exist. Actions that can be taken to address the root causes injustices and oppression will be addressed.

SW 389 - Cultural Competence for Northern Social Work Practice
(Taught only at Yukon College and Aurora College.) Cultural theories, concepts and related structural issues are considered from personal and professional perspectives. Knowledge, skills and values of the culturally competent northern social worker are explored. Wellness, family, community and helping within an Aboriginal historical and contemporary context are examined.

SW 390 - Communication Skills in Social Work Practice
This course specifically focuses on the development of skills necessary for competent social work communication in a variety of social work roles and settings. An introduction to communication theory is provided with an emphasis on skill development for students. Role plays and recorded sessions are required.

SW 403 - Death and Dying
This course deals with the effects of death and dying on the individual, families, communities and helping professionals. It explores the role of the social worker in providing support and linking clients to resources in a variety of cultural contexts.

SW 405 - Social Work with Indigenous Peoples
This course investigates theory and practices for social workers to support Indigenous individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings. The course explores the history of of oppression experienced by Indigenous peoples by government policies. Emphasis is placed on individual self-determination, cultural safety, Indigenous self-governance and societal decolonization.

SW 407 - Feminist Social Work Practice
This class provides an exploration of feminist principles and theory and its application to a variety of problems women face. An intersectorial anaylsis is used to evaluate the issues faced by people who are confronted with multiple oppressions.

SW 410 - Work, Economic Security and Social Justice
This course explores the impact of globalization and the relationship between legislation, unemployment, labour market issues, social welfare policy and social work. A range of social, economic and political theories are discussed with a focus on how human service workers assist individuals and families.

SW 411 - Abuse and Violence
This course examines abuse and violence primarily within familial relationships, but will also include discussion on various forms of trauma in a broader context. Individual, familial, institutional and societal responses to abuse and violence will be explored. A victim centered, trauma-informed social work perspective will be emphasized. *Note: Note: Recommend that students have completed one or more of SW 346, SW 390, SW 407, SW 414 or SW 437.*

SW 412 - Mental Health Services
This course examines the structure and function of mental health services in society with particular reference to the historical and theoretical foundations. Current practices, issues, and problems are reviewed.

SW 414 - Child Welfare Practice
This course provides an overview of historical, and current child welfare legistation, policies and services. Regional perspectives are highlighted. Child maltreatment is defined and identified. The effects of child abuse and neglect on the child, family, and society will be explored. Prevention, investigation and intervention approaches are covered.

SW 415 - Poverty
This course will examine poverty in Canada: its history, measurement, theoretical explanations, demographics, and impact on specific groups of people. It critically assesses income security programs and services, and explores the role of social workers in reducing poverty through practice methods, policy development and community action.

SW 416 - Social Work and Older Adults
This course considers the social work practice, research, legislation and policy with older adults. It will explore issues affecting those living in the community as well as those residing in group or institutional care settings, and the role of family and community supports.

SW 417 - Substance Abuse: Impacts and Interventions
This course will explore the impact of alcohol, drugs, and behavioral addictions on individuals, families, and society. Using a bio-psycho-social perspective, students will critically examine a range of models of assessment, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery used to address the addictions related issues in diverse populations.

SW 418 - Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees
This course examines the experiences of immigrants and refugees and the role of social work. Issues of multiculturalism within Canadian society and regional perspectives are recognized as well as cultural and religious diversity and issues of systemic oppression.

SW 419 - Social Work in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities
Rural social problems and issues will be explored within legal, political and economic contexts in which these problems occur. Theories and concepts useful for rural and northern social work practice will be the major focus of this class.

SW 420 - The Legal Environment of Social Work Practice
The practice of social work has long been intertwined with the practice of law and the legal systems of society. This course will review legislation pertinent to social service programs that govern the professional practice of social work, and the related duties and obligations of social workers.

SW 421 - Human Development in a Social Context
This course examines the interface of lifespan human development (biological, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social) with the social and cultural environment in which people live, with application for social work practice.

SW 425 - Group Work
This course is an introduction to group work, providing the student with an understanding of concepts, theories and development of beginning group work skills for social work practice. *Note: SW 346 and SW 390 are recommended*

SW 427 - Expressive Arts in Social Work Practice
This course explores expressive arts [art, dance, drama, music, narrative, play] as a way of enhancing communication with a variety of age groups and client populations. It blends theory with classroom activies, promotes self-knowledge, and examines practical and ethical considerations of using expressive arts with individuals and groups. *** Prerequisite: Completion of SW 390. ***

SW 437 - Social Work with Families
This course is an introduction to working with families. Family systems theory is used for assessing various dynamics in family functioning. Family strengths, resilience and challenges will be explored. Theories, models and strategies of intevention are discussed from a social work perspective. *Note: SW 346 is recommended.*

SW 438 - Interprofessional Collaboration for Health and Learning
In this course students will explore, in an interprofessional context, complex issues related to health and learning. A primary objective will be to engage in opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes related to collaborative competencies and promote interprofessional learning to foster interprofessional practice.

SW 440 - Counselling Theories and Skills
This course examines counselling theories and skills with a specific emphasis on their application to social work practice. The counselling relationship and counselling process in a variety of helping situations will be explored. Ethics involved with counselling will also be discussed. *Note: Completion of SW 346 and SW 390 is recommended.*

SW 448 - Social Work Practicum II
Students, with support of agency supervision, will become directly involved in social work services and systems within the community, and experience professional practice. Seminars assist in the integration of theory and practice through sharing of experience and knowledge. ***Prerequisite: SW 100, SW 202, SW 346, SW 347, SW 348, SW 350, SW 390, SW 421, SW 451, SW 460, and SW 469*** *Note: All students must have a minimum GPA of 70% on the social work portion of the BSW.* *Note: Practicum requires 470 hours in your placement, typically done as 4 days per week over 16 weeks. In addition, a mandatory orientation session is held prior to the field placement and students are required to attend bi-weekly seminars. A part-time practicum, completed over two terms, may be arranged. Graded on a pass/fail basis. No mid-term break.* *Note: Yukon and Aurora College have different requirements and procedures for SW448 and students should speak to the

SW 448AA - SW Practicum II - pt 1st sem.
Students, with support of agency supervision, will become directly involved in social work services and systems within the community, and experience professional practice. Seminars assist in the integration of theory and practice through sharing of experience and knowledge. ***Prerequisite: SW 100, SW 202, SW 346, SW 347, SW 348, SW 350, SW 390, SW 421, SW 451, SW 460, and SW 469*** *Note: All students must have a minimum GPA of 70% on the social work portion of the BSW.* *Note: Practicum placement is equivalent to 16 weeks part-time beginning in the term, including a mandatory orientation session which is held prior to the field placement. Arrangements for completion of assignments and seminars will be made with the course instructor. Graded on a pass/fail basis.*

SW 448AB - SW Practicum II - p/t2nd sem.
Students, with support of agency supervision, will become directly involved in social work services and systems within the community, and experience professional practice. Seminars assist in the integration of theory and practice through sharing of experience and knowledge. ***Prerequisite: SW 448AA*** *Note: Practicum placement is equivalent to 16 weeks part-time during the next term. Arrangements for completion of assignments and seminars will be made with the course instructor. Graded on a pass/fail basis. No midterm break. *Note: All students must have a minimum GPA of 70% on the social work portion of the BSW.*

SW 450 - Advanced Practice with Communities
This course examines the historic role of social work in community development/ community activism. Principles, models and skills in working in community development are explored with consideration of geographical location and personal and collective identities. Emphasis is placed on mobilizing communities for equality and social justice.

SW 451 - Social Work Research
This course focuses on the contributions of research to effective social work practice and social policy. Emphasis is placed on understanding and critical assessing social work research, and on how to employ a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and community-based research methodologies to advance social work knowledge and practice. ***Prerequisite: Completion of SW 100 and SW 202***

SW 452 - Management Practice in Social Work
Social Administration is one of the recognized areas of social work practice in a generalist framework. This course provides the introductory knowledge and skills to participate in the administration and management of human service organizations. Topics include leadership, supervision, organizational planning, financial planning and team building. *Note: Formerly numbered SW 480AB. Student may not receive credit for both SW 452 and SW 480AB.*

SW 455 - Developing Community through Field Experience
This class focuses on social work skills in an international context. Students examine and practice social work involvement with the people they serve in movements to overcome root causes of injustice and oppression. Social work values and methods convcerning an identified social issue are put into a field setting. ***Prerequisite: SW 355 *** * Note: Formerly numbered SW 480AK. Student may not receive credit for both SW 455 and SW 480AK *

SW 460 - Ethics in Social Work
This course is designed to sensitize students to the central role of ethics in contemporary social work. Theoretical foundations in social work ethics and the relationship between diverse value systems in Canadian society will be critically analyzed. Emphasis is on various ethical dilemmas and ethical issues facing social workers.

SW 465 - Program Development and Evaluation
This course focuses on approaches and skills used in assessing community needs, planning and developing services, and evaluating programs in Social Work and related human service agencies.

SW 468 - History of Social Welfare and Social Work in Canada
This course examines aspects of the history and philiosophy of social welfare with a focus on the legacy of the poor law as reflected in early Canadian health and welfare systems. The values and ethical base of social services and the profession of social work is discussed.

SW 469 - Social Policy
This course examines the dimensions and practical inmplications of social policy in the lives of Canadians. Political, economic, and cultural influences over social policy are explored, as well as the skills needed to develop social policy and its relationship with the profession of social work.

SW 470 - Social Work in Health Settings
The course will focus on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills social workers need in order to practice effectively in health care settings. Students will apply critical thinking in understanding the intricacies of issues in health care, the impact of various systems and the role of policy development on social work.

SW 479 - Social Work and Disability Issues
This course will critically analyse the concept of disability and various conditions defined as disabling. It will also outline concerns and activism within disabilty communities, and strategies for social work practitioners to support independence and social inclusion of persons who live with disabilities.

SW 480AB - Management Practice in SW
This course is designed to provide BSW students with introductory knowledge and technical skills to participate in the management of human service organizations. Topics include organizational theories, ethics, and organizational management and development. Organizational issues of spcecific concern to social work practice will be examined.

SW 480AC - Adv Intervention with Children
This course emphasizes the development of knowledge, competencies and skills in direct social work practise with children, adolescents and their families requiring mental health services. Theoretical and practical approaches to mental health assessment and intervention planning will be studied. *** Prerequisite: Successful completion of 30 university credits (including transfer credit). ***

SW 480AE - Education and Poor Poeple's Movements
This class will focus upon alternative means of connecting social work practice to social justice issues. Emphasis will be on placed upon the topics of popular education, downward convergence in poverty programming between Canada and the United States, poor people¿s movements and social change. Application of alternative approaches to social work practice with the poor and marginalized are presented. *** Prerequisites: Student must be registered in the BSW program ***

SW 480AF - From Classroom to Practice with Poor Peoples Movements
This class will focus upon the application of social work macro skills in practical situations. A field trip is organized to an international conference co-sponsored by North America's largest organization of progressive social workers (SWAA) and North America's largest organization of poor people (Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign - PPEHRC). Students will attend and participate in the workshops and instructional activities of the conference. Application of alternative approaches to social work practice with the poor and marginalized are presented. *** Prerequisite: SW 480AE and be registered in the BSW program. Students must pay the cost of their travel expenses to the Faculty of Social Work by June 1st, 2009. (trip dates: July 13th to July 21st, inclusive) .***

SW 480AG - Macro Practice and Social Vision
This class will focus upon alternative means of connecting social work practice to social justice issues. Emphasis will be on placed upon the topics of popular education, downward convergence in poverty programming between Canada and the United States, poor people’s movements and social change. Application of alternative approaches to social work practice with the poor and marginalized are presented. *** Prerequisites: Student must be registered in the BSW program. ***

SW 480AH - From Classroom to Practice wth the US Social Forum ll
This class will focus upon the application of social work macro skills in a practical, international situation. Participants will attend the US Social Forum II. The conference is designed to share our analysis of the problems our communities face. It will help develop leadership, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world. *** Prerequisite: SW 480 AG and registered in the BSW program *** * Note: Students must pay the cost of their travel expenses to the Faculty of Social Work by April 30, 2010. (trip dates: June 19th to June 29st, inclusive). *

SW 480AI - Social Work and Residential Schools
This course is intended to prepare social work students to better understand the legacy of the residential school experience on Aboriginal peoples and to help social workers respond to the current realities of Aboriginal individuals, families, and communities.

SW 480AJ - Developing Community through Investigation and Structural Transformation
This class will focus upon an examination of social work values and methods in relationship to social issues. A specific societal reality will be identified leading to examining social worker involvement with the people they serve in movements to overcome the issue's root causes of injustice and oppression. ***Prerequisite: Registered in the BSW program.***

SW 480AK - Developing Community through Field Experience
This class focuses on social work skills in an international context. Students examine and practice social work involvement with the people they serve in movements to overcome root causes of injustice and oppression. Social work values and methods concerning an identified social issue are put into a field setting. ***Prerequisite: Registered in the BSW program***

SW 480AM - Social Problem and Social Work Practice Seminar: Crisis Intervention
Crisis Intervention course is an examination of the origins and theroretical foundations of crisis theory that creates a base from which students can then further develop their abilities to effectively assess, and appropriately intervene, in a number of critical clinical areas. ***Prerequisite: Completion 30 credit hours***

SW 480AN - Addiction and Child and Family Service Practice
The focus of this course is to increase the student's knowledge about addictions as well as to develop student's skills for intervention with families affected by addiction within the context of child and family services. Emphasis is on experiential learning of knowledge, process and techniques. ***Prerequisite: Completion 30 credit hours***

SW 480AP - Child Welfare Systems and Immigrant Families
The course will explore the various forms of social work knowledge, theories, values and skills when working with newcomer/immigrant and refugee families. The course emphasis will be to explore ways to support immigrant and refugee families, using both micro and macro approaches. ***Pre-requisistes: 30 credit hours***

SW 480AQ - FASD and Child Welfare
The purpose of this course is to prepare social work students to understand the distinct needs of children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their families in child welfare practice. The needs of children with FASD are distinct due to the disabilities associated with FASD. FASD will be examined in this course through a disability lens.

SW 480AR - Social Work and the Environment: Theory and Practice
This course explores emerging theoretical perspectives and skills necessary for critical ecological social work practice. Links between environmental, social, structural and justice issues will be made through critiques of western industrialization and consumerism. Implications for direct practice will occur through reflection, dialogue and the development of holistic practice frameworks. ***Prerequisite: successful completion of 30 credit hours***

SW 480AS - Animals, Social Work & Society
An introduction to the theoretical and practical applications of animals and social work. This course offers a perspective on why and how animals ought to be important to social work. It will explore applications across the lifespan and include attention upon the welfare of animals in and of themselves.

SW 480AT - Practice With Refugee Children
Focusing on Canada’s proclaimed commitment to children’s rights and their well-being, as well as the country’s treatment of migrants and refugees, this course examines refugee children with a primary focus on North America. Using case studies, research and official reports, films, news accounts students learn how capitalism in its present stage creates war, migration, child labor, ethnic and/or religious discrimination which result in childhood displacement. They also investigate how displacement influences refugee children’s overall development, sense of belonging and identity and how these factors impact the human services sector in the countries that receive them. Students also develop skills for writing and speaking about children’s issues, and more specifically, they develop skills in child advocacy, whether it be hands-on in the field or through political action and education.

SW 482 - International Themes in Social Work and Social Welfare
This course will examine the historical development of international social welfare using a comparative analysis. It will critically examine issues from local and global perspectives in the context of globalization, development and international social work.

SW 484 - Community Practice Project
This course is designed to develop community organizing skills through the development and implementation of a short community project. The course integrates theory and skill development using a teamwork approach.

SW 485AA - HIV/AIDS Research - Focus on Bug Seekers
This directed reading course focuses on "bug seekers" - people who intend to get infected with HIV/AIDS.

SW 486AA - Social Work Research Project
In this course, each student will work on a social work research project and complete the research on campus. He/she will develop a research question, proposal, collect and analyze data and write a final report. ***Prerequisite: SW 451***

SW 495 - Individual and Group Inquiries
This course offers tutorials, directed readings, "learning contracts", and other agreements stipulating specified objectives negotiated between an instructor and individual students or groups of students.

SW 496 - Individual and Group Inquiries
This course offers tutorials, directed readings, "learning contracts" and other agreements stipulating specified objectives negotiated between an instructor and individual students or groups of students.

SW 497 - Individual & Group Inquiries
Tutorials, directed readings, "learning contracts" and other agreements stipualting specified objectives negotiated between an instructor and individual students or groups of students.

SW 498 - Individual & Group Inquiries
Tutorials, directed readings, "learning contracts" and other agreements stipulating specified objectives negotiated between and instructor and individual students or groups of students.

SW 499 - Individual & Group Inquiries
Tutorials, directed readings, "learning contracts" and other agreements stipulating specified objectives negotiated between an instructor and individual students or groups of students.

SW 803 - End of Life Issues
This course deals with impacts of end of life issues on individuals, families, social workers and health practitioners. Cultural, societal and personal perspectives of death and dying will be explored, along with roles of social workers and health professionals in practice, research, education and policy in end of life care.

SW 810 - Social Policy Analysis
Through lectures and seminars students will undertake a comprehensive review of ideological basis for policy making and social planning in the delivery of human services. Although primary attention will be given to the Canadian Prairies experience, comparisons will be made with needs, policies and services elsewhere in Canada and internationally. This course will devote primary attention Social Administration Case Studies.

SW 811 - Family&Child Policies&Programs
Historical, theoretical, comparative and current literature will be used to gain a comprehensice overview of the development of policies relevant to families and to children. A critical analysis of family and child policies developed within the liberal welfare state will be incorporated into this course. The development of alternatice policies and programs will be considered.

SW 812 - Organ Theories Social Admin
This course is designed to provide MSW students with the conceptual and technical skills to conduct appropriate interventions in human service organizations. Topics include: the role of social work in organizational intervention, organizational theories, ethics, organizational development as well as critical review of management roles and practices.

SW 816 - Aging, Society & HS Work
This course considers social work practice research, education and policy with seniors in the community and in institutions. The focus of the course will be the role of the social work perspective in each of these professional activities with seniors.

SW 817 - Critical Issues in Addiction
This course explores research, theory, and policy in addictions and examines individual, group and community levels interventions within the Canadian political and economic realities. The complex interactions of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors will be examined to provide knowledge and skills in advanced social work practice in the field of addiction.

SW 820 - Feminist Theory & Analysis
This course will provide a feminist analysis of the historic and current issues pertaining to women's lives and to critique partiachal institutions and structures of society. A specific emphasis will be on feminist therapy as it pertains to practice and the contributions of feminist research.

SW 831 - Work, Welfare and Social Justice
Most people's economic security hinges on attachment to the labour market. Certain groups, particularly women, the disabled and people of colour, often confront significant employment inequalities. This course will help students understand the relationship

SW 835 - Current Aboriginal SW Practice
This course will critically examine current counselling models through the lense of colonization, decolonization and employing cross-cultural, structural and anti-oppresive approaches to social work practice with specific attention given to the historical legacies of colonization and residential school in examining practice issues of power, cultural competence and sensitivity.

SW 840 - Sel Topics Direct SW Practice
Courses which emphasize direct social work practice with individuals, groups, families and communities will be offered as needed.

SW 840AC - Approaches to Direct Social Work Practice
This course will allow individual students to undertake concentrated study in selected areas of special concern to social work practice. The majority of the learning in the class is to be self-directed through readings on specific practice topics, as well as leading discussions about areas of study with other classmates.

SW 840AE - Program Evaluation in Social Work
This course will explore social research applied to program evaluation. The course begins from the general application of program

SW 840AF - Aboringinal Community Development
This course focuses on community development models used within grassroots, community-based and non-governmental Aboriginal organizations. Students will examine connections between practice and policy around current Aboriginal issues through the lens of colonization, decolonization, and employing anti-oppressive approaches to social work practice in the context of Aboriginal world views and experience.

SW 840AH - Internet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT) in Practice
This course will be offered in a blended format including classroom and electronic instruction. Focusing on the theory and practice of ICBT, students will be assigned an e-client who they will work with through a five module therapeutic program. All communication with the e-clients will be supervised by the professor.

SW 845 - Sel Topics Direct SW Practice
Courses which emphasize direct social work practice with individuals, groups, families, and communities will be offered as needed.

SW 849 - SW Practice with Families
This course will review various approaches of family therapies and discuss how they can be used in a variety of practice settings and for a wide array of issues and problems. Limitations, criticisms and ethical issues for each approach will be explored.

SW 850 - Selcted Topics in Social Justi
Courses will be offered that focus on issues of social oppression, on human rights and on social justice within Canadian and International contexts.

SW 851 - Soc Justice/Human Rights & SW
The course will focus on the evolution of human rights as tools for promoting social justice. Some of the areas to be explored include: inequalities as they relate to gender, racialized minorities, children, individuals with special needs, those living in poverty. The course will give careful consideration to the impact of human rights laws on the job of the socialworker.

SW 852 - Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Youth
This class will review child and adolescent development, ethical considerations in working with children and youth, diversity, group work and other theories of intervention. Students will be expected to focus on common problems for children and youth.

SW 855 - Social Work and the Environment
This course explores emerging theoretical perspectives and skills necessary for critical ecological social work practice. Links between environmental, social, structural and justice issues will be made through critiques of western industrialization and consumerism. Implications for direct practice will occur through reflection, dialogue, and the development of holistic practice frameworks.

SW 860 - Special Topics in Social Work
Course offerings in a variety of topics of relevance to social work. Generally these courses will be offered as electives.

SW 860AD - Research and Evaluation in the Human Services
Course will consist of a survey of evaluation strategies and methods brought to bear on social programs in terms of assessing how well they succeed in achieving socially relevant objectives as well as clarifying the understanding of the means of achieving those ends. Principles covered in the course will be illustrated by way of selected case studies.

SW 860AE - Critical Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Population Health Research
The course focuses on a critical consideration of social determinants of health including attention to theoretical influences and methodological approaches. Conceptual and methodological strengths and challenges will be considered with a view to developing critical interpretive skills in analysis of data sets and research reports and developing knowledge translation skills.

SW 861 - Ethical Issues/Ideologies/Prac
This course calls attention to the moral essence of social work intervention and to the fundamental beliefs, values and ethical predicaments inherent in practice, whether on the front-line, in administration, or at the policy level. The course deals with selected current issues, controversies or dilemmas in the field.

SW 867 - Critical Indigenous Analysis of Social Welfare Policy
This course focuses on critical and theoretical analyses of historical and contemporary social welfare policies and practices affecting Indigenous people in Canada. A wide array of Indigenous theory writings and public policies are introduced and reviewed to facilitate understanding of Indigenous and decolonizing frameworks for social welfare policy analysis.

SW 872 - Community Organizing & SW Prac
This course explores various theories, principles, models and strategies of community organizing, and their importance for social work. Emphasis is placed on issues of power and the reallocation of power within society.

SW 873 - Social Work Practice with Couples
This is a graduate level course on social work practice with couples. This course is theory and practice driven and equips students with couple's therapy assessment and treatment skills. The course focuses on experiential learning and students will have multiple opportunities to practice counselling skills in class.

SW 876 - Perspectives and Models of Social Work for Direct Practice
Major SW practice perspectives/models are subject to a critical comparative analysis with respect to the epistemological background and the basic values and premises about people. Applicability of the major practice perspectives/models to SW practice is examined, with a concentrated focus on relevant approaches for differing situations of practice.

SW 879 - Social Work, Empowerment and Disability
Drawing on a critical realist perspective, this course will examine a pluralist, engaged and nuanced approach to disability in relation to practice, policy, research and education. Key topics discussed will include dichotomies such as disabled people versus non-disabled people, identity politics, bioethics in disability, and care and social relationships.

SW 880 - Quantitative Methods in Social Work Research
This course will provide an overview of design and methodology options in quantitative research with an emphasis on the application to social welfare policy and social work practice issues. In addition to the methodological issues, the course will review the appropriate use and interpretation of statistical techniques in social work research.

SW 881 - Qual & App Research Methods
These courses may be offered by the Faculty of Social Work of planned in co-operation with other Faculties of the University. Such courses will be arranged as needed when the student's research interests are determined.

SW 885 - Thesis Proposal
Students registered in the thesis route will complete a comprehensive thesis proposal.

SW 890 - Directed Readings
Directed individual reading courses on topics approved by the Supervisory Committee.

SW 890AO - Soc Policy, Assessments & Eval
The seminar is designed to facilitate student independent study of current policy based literature. The seminar will provide an opportunity for presentations and discussions of their research regarding theories, practices and issues in social policy. The focus will vary depending on student research interests and will be shared among participants.

SW 890AP - Poverty, Intravenous Drug Use
This class will analyze literature relevant to poverty, harm reduction strategies and intervenous drug use. Exploration will include the role of the social worker in this environment. Particular focus will be on services in Canada with a specific focus on British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

SW 890AQ - Poverty in Rich Countries
This course as a policy course will examine the concepts and applications of poverty and inequality to rich countries. Absolute and relative concepts of poverty will be examined for their application in rich countries, as well as some of the more common statistical measures of inequality.

SW 890AR - Social Work Practice and Policy with Victims of Abuse
This course will explore the issues of abuse, (physical, emotional, and sexual) perpetuated by persons in trust or power over individuals and the sexual assault by strangers, individual, community based and societal factors. Policy and practice issues are explored in the context of social work and other professions. This course meets the requirements for a Justice and Policy Course.

SW 890AS - Resilience in Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Autism
This directed readings class will explore the topic of resiliency and its impact on children who are experiencing the conditions of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Autism. The course will explore each condition independently and then the effect of resiliency on each of the conditions.

SW 890AT - Women's Studies For Social Workers
This course presents a feminist analysis of institutional and multiple oppression of women, work and family issues, as well as the implications for social work policy and practice, are emphasized. Women's responses, including their collective efforts to make change are considered.

SW 890AU - Historical Development of Professional Competencies
This course will examine the historical development of professional competencies, paying particular attention to the effects they have had in the designing of SW curriculum requirements.

SW 890AV - Grief and Loss
This course will look at the dynamics of death, loss and grief throughout the life cycle. The stages of dying will be discussed as well as societal and personal issues. Ways in which social workers can facilitate the grief process in the family system and the individual will be determined.

SW 890AW - Advanced Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
This course explores advanced quantitative data analysis techniques with categorical data. Methods include Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients, logistic regression and ordered-categorical data analysis using Bayesian Estimation. The basics of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis are covered. This course employs computer applications.

SW 890AX - Social Welfare in Peripheral Societies: Latin America
This course will explore social welfare issues confronting peripheral societies, with a particular on Latin America. Problems of development and underdevelopment will be studied to understand social welfare requirements of the periphery, and possibilites for intervention to help satisfy these requirements at the social policy, community, family and individual levels.

SW 890AY - Social Work With Refugees and Immigrants
This course will explore the policy and practice needs of doing social work with refugees and immigrants, including the specialized knowledge of these populations and possibilites for application of services and interventions at the global, national and local levels.

SW 890AZ - Drug Misuse and Special Populations
This reading course will examine theories of drug use/misuse causation and treatment and the effect of these approaches on special populations including women, First Nations Peoples, the impoverished and the homeless. A special emphasis will be placed on harm reduction and population health approaches, as well as community reinforcement and adaptive models of treatment.

SW 890BA - Social Work With Sex Offenders
This direct practice course explores social work with sex offenders. Attention will be given to theories for best practices, assessment, interviewing, treatment components, group therapy, responsivity issues and ethnocultural diversity in providing treatment for sex offenders. A special focus will be to explore the impact working with sex offender population has on the clinician, current self care practices and strategies for self care in the future.

SW 890BB - Health Promotion Policies in Substance Misuse
This class will examine and analyze research studies/material on effective health promotion policies relating to substance misuse. A special emphasis is placed on the political economic correlates of population health theory as it relates to harm reduction approaches to individuals involved in the most hazardous forms of drug consumption.

SW 890BC - Relationship and Marital Therapy
This course will survey current marital and relationship therapies. It will include systemic, cognitive behavioral, and attachment based therapies. The student will be expected to understand the underlying theory and research support for one of the therapies studied. Conducting therapy in cultural and social contexts will be addressed.

SW 890BD - Injection Drug Use and Pregnant Women
A critical review and analysis of the literature pertaining to pregnant women and illicit drug injection.

SW 890BE - Epressive Arts and Play
This is an interdisciplinary course that introduces art, dance, drama, music, narrative and play as expressive approaches to work within the helping profession. Emphasis in this course is on the use of expressive arts and play as a means of communication for a broad cross section of the population.

SW 890BF - Theoretical & Methodological Issues in Defining Healthy Rural Communities
The course focusses on a critical review of the theoretical and methodological discourse on definitions of healthy rural communities. The course material will include an overview of 1) contemporary theoretical understandings of healthy rural communities and 2) current methodological approaches that contribute to furthering our understanding of healthy rural communities.

SW 890BG - Narrative Practice: Understanding Theory and Practice
The goal of this course is to build knowledge of key theorectical and clinical aspects of narrative therapy. The course will discuss the contributions of Foucault to narrative therapy, and will provide opportunity for students to study the varied ways in which leading figures have interpreted and practised.

SW 890BH - Human Rights and the Intersection of Gender, Race and Class
Using post-colonial feminist theories, the course will examine the positioning of Indigenous/Aboriginal women and the intersection of gender, race and class within their communities. A legal human rights perspective, using human rights documents, will frame the analysis and critique.

SW 890BI - Program Evaluation in SW
This reading course will explore social research applied to program evaluation to various areas of social work practice. The study begins from the general application of program evaluation moving to specific applications of programs and services. A foundation to the study is the development of an evaluability assessment and the completion of a program proposal with timelines and detailed budget.

SW 890BJ - Direct Social Work Practice Using Somatic Experience
This course will examine somatic self-regulation approaches in direct social work practice when working with trauma survivors, including knowledge and activities to help regulate the nervous system after developmental and health trauma. Experiential learning from body and energy work workshops and literature will be explored for skill and theory integration.

SW 890BK - Difficult Issues in Mediation and Conflict Resolution
This directed readings class will focus on specific issues within mediation and conflict resolution. It will examine methods of conflict resolution for individuals who have borderline personality disorders. The second area of study will focus on restorative justice specifically with violent crimes and the families of their victims.

SW 890BL - Theory and Practice Issues in Crisis Intervention
The course focuses on a critical review of the theoretical and practice discourse on crisis intervention with particular attention to child protection services. The course material will include 1) overview of theoretical understandings of crisis intervention practice in social work and 2) application of this theory within child protection services.

SW 890BM - Safety for Social Workers: A Practice and Theory Review
Literature review on the topic of workplace safety for social workers. Attend safety education through the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute on a) violence threat assessment and b) de-escalating potentially violent situations. Attend Core Provincial Child and Family Services safety/risk assessment and crisis intervention training modules.

SW 890BN - Exploration of the Human-Animal interaction (HAI) in Social Work Practice
This course examines the historical roots and contemporary views of the human-animal interaction. Animal-assisted methods in therapeutic contexts will be explored with an emphasis on equine-assisted mental health. Analysis of theoretical perspectives including ecopsychology, feminist and mind-body frameworks and their implications for practice are presented.

SW 890BO - Advanced Research through Program Evaluation Directed Readings/Activities
Emphasizes the use of research and within the integrated practice model of social work through evaluation of practice and program evaluation. Major sources of Program evaluation literature are covered in the context of planning a agency based program evaluation.

SW 890BP - Assessing the Lived Experience of Children in Out of Home Care
This course will provide graduate students an opportunity to critically examine historic and contemporary theory and practice associated generally with social work practice with children and youth experiencing out of home care living arrangements, and more specifically with recent developments in Saskatchewan child guardianship policy.

SW 890BQ - Couple's Counselling - Theory and Practice
This reading course will explore theoretical perspectives relevant to the therapeutic practice of couple's counselling. The study begins from the general applications of counselling theories to this area of practice, and moves to the specific applications of three particular approaches: Emotionally-Focused Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; and Feminist Therapy.

SW 890BR - Social Work in Rural Health Care
This course will examine the experience of health care in rural settings, with a specific focus on both Canada and Saskatchewan. It will look at both the challenges and the strengths of providing health care and rural settings. It will also examine the role of social work in rural health.

SW 890BS - Program Evaluation in Social Work
This course will explore social research applied to program evaluation. The course begins from the general application of program evaluation to specific applications. A foundation to the study is the development of an evaluability assessment and an evaluation proposal.

SW 890BT - International Social Work Practice
This course will examine the topic of social work practice in international settings, with specific focus on cross cultural and indigenization practice issues.

SW 890BU - CBT and Solution Focused Therapy in Practice
This directed reading course will explore the theory and practice of CBT and Solution Focused Therapy. This course will prepare the student to develop appropriate therapeutic interventions based upon these approaches in social work practice with individuals, couples and families.

SW 890BV - Exploring Sibling Relationships in Autism
This directed reading course will explore family-ecological systems theory and its applicability to understanding sibling relationships within the context of the autistic spectrum of developmental differences.

SW 890BW - Reclaiming Youth at Risk
The course will examine the Circle of Courage Model, Response Ability Pathways (RAP) – which are strength-based approaches that promote resilience in working with at risk youth – and Deep Brain Learning, which provides understanding of the developing adolescent brain. The course will develop prevention and intervention strategies to use with youth and their families.

SW 890BX - Feminist Theory & Feminist Therapy
This course will explore various feminist theories and feminist therapy. From a social work perspective, the strengths and limitations of feminist therapies in clinical practice will be explored. Attention will be given to the role of power and privilege in creating and maintaining oppression from a contemporary feminist perspective.

SW 890BY - Children's Exposure to Sexually Explicit Internet Material
This class will provide the student with the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the current research and popular literature in the area of children's exposure to sexually explicit internet material and the implications of such exposure to children's health and wellbeing.

SW 890BZ - Aetiology of Housing First
Study of the aetiology of the Housing First approach to homelessness. Subject material includes an ontological analysis of the model's formalized agenda described within its "Pathways to Housing" and the approach's ongoing development. Will also include an analysis of Canada's recent official adoption of this approach to deal with homelessness.

SW 890CA - A Narrative Approach to Social Work Practice
This course will explore a narrative approach to clinical social work practice. Specific strengths and limitations of Narrative Therapy will be reviewed. The content of this course will include a thorough literature review, assigned readings, critical analysis, application and reflection in practice; as well as design and facilitation of a narrative therapy teaching seminar.

SW 890CB - Exploring Musical Improvisation with At-Risk Youth
Exploration of how and in what ways diverse creative practices and musical improvisation can support the empowerment of marginalized and at-risk youth.

SW 890CC - Critical Indigenous Analysis of Social Welfare Policy
This course focuses on critical and theoretical analyses of historical and contemporary social welfare policies and practices affecting Indigenous people in Canada with a focus on domestic violence and Indigenous women. A wide array of Indigenous theory writings and public policies are introduced and reviewed to facilitate understanding of Indigenous and decolonizing frameworks for social policy analysis in relation to the issue of domestic violence.

SW 890CD - Critical Analysis of Indigenous and Child Welfare Policy and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
This course focuses on critical and theoretical analyses of historical and contemporary social welfare policies and practices affecting Indigenous people in Canada with a focus on child welfare and the TRC. A wide array of Indigenous theory writings and public policies are introduced and reviewed to facilitate understanding of Indigenous and decolonizing frameworks for social policy analysis in relation to the topics.

SW 900 - MSW Practicum Report
This consists of a written report and analysis of the practicum experience. *** Prerequisite: SW 904 ***

SW 901 - Thesis
This is the student's MSW thesis.

SW 904 - Master Social Work Practicum
Students will be involved in experimental field-based learning activities for the purpose of pursuing and developing practice and analysis skills related to significant areas of human services. Reflection-in-action and participatory research as a contribution to the acquiring of skills and concepts based on theory emgering out of practice and practice informing theory will be emphasized.

SW 910 - Research Practicum
Registration for the project will follow the same pattern and conditions as the registration for a thesis. Projects are conducted in a field setting under the supervision of a social work professional associate.

SW 920 - Field Practicum
Students register in the practicum which will take place over one or two semesters in a social work practice setting under the supervision of an experienced social work field supervisor. Students work under the direction of a faculty member over the duration of the practicum.

SW 930 - MSW Report Course
This course is designed for MSW students in the MSW Field or Research practicum option to submit a final report and make a presentation (if applicable).