How do we faithfully work towards a just society?
Social transformation doesn't happen overnight. But when building relationships, developing communities, and understanding our place in society, whose responsibility is it to pursue social justice? Redeemer's distinct, interdisciplinary Applied Social Sciences program helps students to develop an in-depth understanding of our world within a Christian framework, preparing graduates to act justly and love mercy when helping, and working with, people of all walks of life.
Applied Social Sciences is a Bachelor of Arts degree. It is offered as a major.
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 nature and study of social relationships and social institutions by studying human group behaviour in family, church, school and state.
The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets 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 Diversity in Canada, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Poverty: Problems and Perspectives 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.
Annika Koekkoek ’21 and third-year student Amy Pardy enhance the connection between the social sciences and faith through the student-run club, SOAPS.
Assistant professor of social work Dr. Morgan Braganza is highlighting the different experiences of marginalized people in social work education.
Dr. Morgan Braganza is an assistant professor in applied social sciences.
Dr. Jim Vanderwoerd, professor of social work and chair of the department of applied social sciences, reflects on the tension that exists for Christians working in the...
Dr. Timothy Epp's research sheds light on the divide between sacred and secular music by exploring the spiritual content in mainstream music.
New study finds independent Christian campuses may provide greater safety from sexual violence than their public counterparts.
Clarence Keesman ‘98, executive director of youth drop-in centre The Refuge, encounters stories of brokenness and healing each and every day.
A worldview and sacred project are always behind our studies in social science. But whose sacred project are we investing in?
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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.
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.
This course will provide an introduction to the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, including social movements which address issues of peacemaking and conflict resolution. The course will include readings and discussion of key approaches to peacemaking including, but not limited to, those from a Reformed perspective. This course will also critically analyze current global situations of conflict, examining current initiatives to peacemaking and applying theory in search of alternate forms of conflict resolution.
An investigation of the nature of contemporary urban society. The origin and growth of cities and the dynamics of urban social interaction will be central areas of attention. Urban crime, conflict, and ecology will also be part of the examination
of social life in cities.
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.
In an era of mass communication and commercialism, this course will explore the relationship between popular culture and its impact on society. This course will examine popular culture through a critical perspective which will address in particular the relationship between the Christian church and popular culture.
The internship course is designed to allow senior students the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of the discipline in an occupational setting. Internships are completed in community based or governmental organizations and students are required to observe and participate in a job-related capacity under supervision. Admission to the internship requires instructor approval. 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.
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.
The Applied Social Sciences program does not have program-specific admission requirements.
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements:
Read more about requirements for admission to Redeemer University.