What does it mean to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly when helping people?
To care for the needs and well-being of others is a high calling. How can Christians shape the social policies, services and resources in ways that respect all people as made in God's image? To see the dignity and worth of all people? The Social Work program at Redeemer looks at how individuals interact with different social systems, actively studying social justice, anti-oppressive practice and cultural pluralism as ways to seek justice and transformation in communities.
Social Work is a Bachelor of Arts degree. It is offered as an honours major and as a minor.
Right from the start, small class sizes and dedicated faculty mean more opportunities to practice, research, and apply what you've learned as you seek to develop and communicate an understanding of our place in the social world and our responsibility to social transformation.
First-year classes are an introduction to the patterns and connections in human society, social relationships and the complex problems that can occur. Starting with the purpose and levels of social work practice and process, fields of practice, and social policy context.
The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and get you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…
To promote different perspectives and conversations in the classroom, panel discussions and listening to a variety of experts and researchers, are an integral part of the classroom experience. Courses like Social Work Practice with Communities, Social Welfare Policy and Process, and Child Welfare encourage students to develop their capacity for critical Christian reflection and response to issues impacting society.
Regular opportunities to visit correctional institutes, indigenous centres, as well as opportunity to participate in disaster relief, inner-city missions, and volunteer trips give students the opportunity to put that they're learning to practice and have real personal experience to draw on.
Senior students have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in community-based or governmental organizations as part of a 120-hour internship, where they both observe and participate in a job-related capacity under the supervision of experts in the field.
is seeing lives transformed through justice and the transforming power of the gospel in her work at International Justice Mission.
Dr. Aaron Smith, assistant professor of social work and director of field education, talks about the principles that guide him in his work at Redeemer.
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This course identifies and critically examines the foundations of social work, its
mission, purpose, knowledge, and value base, and the levels of social work practice
and process, fields of practice, and social policy contexts. These topics will be
examined with an emphasis on integrating theoretical and practical knowledge,
as well as a Christian perspective.
An introduction to the nature and study of social relationships and social institutions.
We will study human group behaviour in terms of culture, social interaction,
socialization, ethnicity, and gender. We will also analyze the internal dynamics and
external relations of social institutions including the family, church, school, and state.
An introduction to descriptive statistics and the logic of statistical inference. Statistical
techniques common to behavioural sciences are covered. Includes a weekly one-hour lab.
This course provides an introduction to social work practice in Canada. Students will explore social work practice issues within the Canadian context. Topics encompass the social work practice fields of individual, family, group and community, and the dynamic interplay between the social worker, the user of services, the agency and society. The course will emphasize the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge.
This course undertakes a detailed sociological analysis of major social trends and issues in Canadian society. Topics including national identity, social inequality, Canada’s relations with Quebec, multiculturalism, indigenous peoples and the United States will provide the focus for advancing our understanding of social life in Canada.
This course provides a survey of the family as part of the created order. Topics include changes to the family through history and cross-culturally, the interaction of the family with the larger society, family roles, and conflicts and tensions within the family.
This course explores the theories and methods of social work practice with communities. Topics to be covered include: geographic and functional communities, community assessments, theories and models of community practice, and various
skills related to community practice.
A sociological analysis of deviant and criminal behaviour in society. After an overview of different explanations of crime, this course will concentrate on various dimensions of deviant behaviour such as delinquency, drug abuse, and white collar crime. Police and court response to criminal behaviour will also be analyzed.
This course explores the theories and methods of social work practice with families. Topics to be covered include: theories required to understand families in social work practice, diversity in family structure and its impact, power dynamics within a family, assessment and intervention with families, and the impact of poverty and other social concerns on families.
This course will provide students with an introductory understanding of social research and its relevance to sociology and social work practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methods will be examined. Students will be introduced to applied research frameworks such as practice/program evaluation and participatory action research.
This course explores the theories and methods of social work practice with individuals. Topics to be covered include: theories pertinent to social work practice with individuals, working with individuals from diverse populations, the development of professional relationships, understanding intervention roles, and the process of intervention (engagement, assessment, intervention, termination, and evaluation).
This course provides students with the knowledge needed for practice with disadvantaged and oppressed groups. This course examines the history, demographics, and culture of various disenfranchised groups. A major theme of the
course is to provide an opportunity for exploration of how prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion affect the experiences of members of these groups. Another theme is the unique strengths and capacities within each group that should be recognized and utilized in effective social work practices. Social injustice occurs and is present at individual, institutional, and societal/structural levels; professional social work ethics and values demand cultural competence and cultural sensitivity practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Critique of diversity perspectives from a Christian worldview will also be discussed.
A critical study of the nature and history of social welfare policies and systems, current federal and provincial policies, and the impact of these policies on existing social problems.
This course explores the theories and methods of social work practice with groups and teams. Students will learn the theory underlying social work groups and understand the purposes and uses of different types of groups. Collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork will be discussed. Students will be introduced to the skills and interventions used with groups/teams.
A community-based learning experience in some aspect of Social Work – personal, community, or structural work. The internship is intended to provide experience with a specific population group or field of study. Students learn beginning practice skills through experiential opportunities, applying core knowledge to direct individuals, families or groups, and macro (organizations and communities) social work practice. Each student will normally work 10 hours per week in an agency setting and complete
the placement over one term. The internship course is comprised of a placement (field work) and in-class component. See page 61 for information on internships.
This course provides a comprehensive study of poverty as a critical and chronic problem plaguing societies past and present. An interdisciplinary focus will highlight multiple perspectives including sociological, political, historical, environmental, economic, theological, psychological, and biological. Both Canadian and global aspects of poverty will be examined, with a particular emphasis on various approaches to solving poverty at local, national, and global levels. Students will be encouraged to develop their capacity for critical Christian reflection and response to issues of poverty.
This course will provide an in-depth analysis of advanced-level topics in the field of Disability Studies. The course will examine current themes and issues in disability, including accessibility, education, human rights, and social inclusion. Disability will be examined over time and cross-culturally. The course will examine each of these areas through a critical lens based on the Reformed perspective on faith and culture,
including an emphasis on social justice.
A critical examination of the theoretical bases of social work practice. Students will compare and contrast a range of theories used in social work practice and learn to effectively apply these theories to problem situations. Students will learn various theories used at micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice.
This course will provide an in-depth analysis of advanced-level topics in the field of criminal justice, specifically the roles of policing, courts and corrections. Emphasis will be placed on how these elements of the criminal justice system have changed over time, and on current issues including restorative justice, community policing, and incarceration. The course will examine each of these areas through a critical lens
based on the Reformed perspective on faith and culture.
This course is an interdisciplinary study of the history and culture of Canadian indigenous peoples (including First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) with emphasis on contemporary issues surrounding Native life. The course involves lectures, films, student presentations, and field assignments.
This course offers a background in theories and strategies of intervention in crisis situations. Topics include suicide intervention, violence within families, sexual assault, child sexual abuse and incest, trauma, illness, death and loss, poverty and homelessness, the client-worker relationship, and community crisis intervention programs. Social work responses will be examined, with reference to the diverse socio-economic, racial and ethnic composition of the community, and the potential role of the church. Students will discuss the different responses to crisis within a Christian framework.
This course will address the issues surrounding the welfare of children in our society. The course will provide an understanding of issues regarding child abuse and neglect, poverty, the child welfare system, and the effects of the changing family structure on children’s well being and development. It will address these issues in terms of social work practice, intervention, treatment, legal and social policy perspective.
The Christian worldview, as well as the church’s responsibility, will also be discussed.
This course provides students who have completed APS-380 with 150 hours of practical experience in a community or organizational setting. A field seminar will be held to develop a familiarity with social work professional ethics and to discuss the ethical issues and tensions related to field work. The purpose of the internship is to assist students in making career decisions and to prepare them for postgraduate educational and employment opportunities. The internship course is comprised of a placement (field work) and in-class component. See page 61 for information on internships.
The Applied Social Sciences – Social Work program does not have program-specific admission requirements.
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: