Course Descriptions

Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Development

SOCW: Social Work

SOCW 511 (3) Introduction to Social Work Theory and Practice
A foundational overview of the social work profession including its definitions, historical influences, orienting perspectives, values, and ethical frameworks, as well as contexts, and modalities of practice to address a range of individual, family, community and social issues. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational track .
SOCW 512 (3) Theories and Interventions for Clinical Social Work
Advances students' understanding of major theoretical frameworks and treatment modalities for clinical and direct social work practice and their relevance to and application within the planned change process. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational track.
SOCW 513 (3) Assessment Skills for Clinical Social Work
Theoretical perspectives and foundational skills for assessment in clinical social work. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational Two-Year track.
SOCW 514 (3) Diversity and Critical Reflexive Practice
Meanings, dynamics, and impacts of diversity in social work practice. Students examine their own identities and social locations and a range of theories and orientations to inclusion and social justice. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational Two-Year track.
SOCW 515 (3) Social Welfare Policy in Canada
Historical and current forces shaping Canadian legislation, policies, programs, and services; impacts of these on social work practice and service users. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational Two-Year track.
SOCW 516 (3) Foundations of Ethical Practice
Values and principles of ethical practice in clinical social work; ethical dilemmas and decision making with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within the framework of the social work profession's Codes of Ethics. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational Two-Year track.
SOCW 517 (3) Social Work and Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Overview of historical and current issues confronting social work with First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit individuals, families, and communities within Canada including but not limited to child protection; critical assessment of theories for social work practice with Canada's Indigenous peoples. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational Two-Year track.
SOCW 518 (3) Integrative Seminar for Field Education
Links classroom education with field education. Consists of independent readings, invited speakers, and online discussions. Pass/Fail. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational track.
Corequisite: SOCW 519.
SOCW 519 (6) Social Work Field Education I
Development, application, and integration of core social work knowledge and skills in social work practice settings. Pass/Fail. Restricted to students in the first year of the M.S.W. Foundational track.
Corequisite: SOCW 518.
SOCW 520 (3) Advanced Family Practice
Reviews the major interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and practice approaches that are relevant for advanced social work practice with families. An integrated model of family assessment and intervention advances practice skills and knowledge.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or Admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 521 (3) Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups
Advanced social work practice with treatment groups. Focus on group dynamics, group process, and leadership skills, with the aim of providing treatment for a wide range of psycho-social problems.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or Admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 522 (3) Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents
Addresses the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents using biological, psychological, developmental, and social/environmental perspectives.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 523 (3) Advanced Assessment and Treatment With Children, Adolescents and Families
Conducting advanced clinical assessments, diagnoses, and interventions with children, adolescents, and families and exploration of research evidence to guide intervention choices. Includes supervised clinical work.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track..
SOCW 531 (3) Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Clinical Practice
Provides an opportunity to expand theoretical and analytical foundation in the awareness, knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to effectively carry out anti-oppressive social work practice.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 540 (3-12) d Selected Topics in Social Work Practice
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced One-Year track program.
SOCW 541 (3) Directed Studies in Social Work
A learning experience in a focused area of study, with the agreement and under supervision of a faculty member selected by the student and approved by the Director, School of Social Work.
SOCW 551 (3) Advanced Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice
Integrates theory and practice with attention to relational principles and a complex analysis of personal and social problems. Consideration of the dynamic interaction between the individual and the social world, and the possibility of intervention at multiple levels.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 552 (3) Community, Place and Policy in Clinical Practice
Linking clinical social work practice to the broader community and policy contexts in which clinician and client are situated. Examining how policy approaches structure clinical practice in relation to community and place and builds culturally relevant community and place centered practice skills in assessment and intervention. Credit will be not be granted for both SOCW 552 and SOCW 502 or both SOCW 552 and SOCW 503.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 553 (3) Research Methods and Evidence in Clinical Social Work Practice
Quantitative and qualitative research methods for understanding and utilizing evidence in clinical social work assessments and interventions. Emphasis is placed on using knowledge of research methods to support critical thinking and problem solving in practice. Credit will be not be granted for both SOCW 553 and HINT 501.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 554 (3) Mental Health and Mental Illness
Explores relevant mental health issues to social work practice in a broad range of settings. Critically examines social work's role in providing effective, evidence-based, theoretically sound interventions and treatments.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 558 (3) Advanced Integrative Seminar for Field Education
Integrates theoretical knowledge and practice experience in direct/clinical settings. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or Admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
Corequisite: SOCW 559.
SOCW 559 (6) Social Work Field Education II
Provides 2nd year Foundational and Advanced One-Year track students an opportunity to apply and integrate theory and practice in clinical social work practice settings. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or admission into the M.S.W. Advanced One-Year track program
Corequisite: SOCW 558.
SOCW 560 (3) Braiding Indigenous Knowledge Into Clinical Practice
Integrates Western and Indigenous knowledges in clinical social work practice.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or Admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 562 (3) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Explores cognitive behavioral theories and therapeutic techniques in clinical social work practice.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or Admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 563 (3) Social Work in Health Care
Knowledge and skills for social work practice in a range of health care settings.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or Admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 564 (3) Trauma-Informed Clinical Social Work
Knowledge of trauma, its relevance to assessment and treatment in clinical social work practice.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or Admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 565 (3) Supervision of Clinical Social Work
Educates social workers in the practice of clinical supervision from a relational perspective including key principles, methods, skills, processes and the handling of common challenges.
Prerequisite: All of SOCW 511, SOCW 512, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 515, SOCW 516, SOCW 517, SOCW 518, SOCW 519 or Admission into the M.S.W. Advanced track.
SOCW 598 (3) Graduating Paper
A scholarly paper in an area of interest that conforms to the demands of a peer-reviewed social work journal. Pass/Fail.
SOCW 599 (9) Thesis
An independent research or scholarly project which aims to develop knowledge and practice implications for clinical social work practice. Pass/Fail.

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