Courses

Minor: Social Justice (7 courses)

Course Details

APS-101
Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

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.


APS-120
Introduction to Sociology

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.


APS-215
Introduction to Social Work Practice

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.

Prerequisites:
APS-101

APS-236
Social Work Practice with Communities

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 identification skills related to community practice (such as observation, facilitation, mediation, and advocacy).


APS-321
Social Research Methods

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, community profiles/assessments, and participatory action research.

Prerequisites:
APS-120

APS-332
Diversity In Canada: Implications for Social Work

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.

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing

APS-342
Social Welfare Policy and Process

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.

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing

APS-381
Applied Social Sciences Internship

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.

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing

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