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School of Social Work, Faculty of Arts

SOWK: Social Work

As of July 1, 2015, the IHHS courses have been distributed among the following units: School of Social Work, School of Population and Public Health, and Faculty of Land and Food Systems.


SOWK 200 (3) Introduction to Social Welfare
An introduction to the perspectives, concepts and theoretical foundations of social welfare, including an analysis of the institutional structures of social welfare in the modern state.
SOWK 201 (3) Introduction to Social Work Practice
An introduction to the knowledge, skills and values of social work practice in its many forms, emphasizing different ways of understanding the context of social and personal problems.
Prerequisite: SOWK 200.
SOWK 305 (6) Social Work Practice I
An examination of the foundation, knowledge and competencies underlying generalist social work practice. Enrolment is limited to students in the B.S.W. program.
SOWK 310 (3/6) d Interviewing Skills
Communication theory and interviewing skills and their application to the Social Work interview.
SOWK 315 (6) Practicum I
A supervised practicum in an assigned social service, two days a week throughout the program year. Limited to students in the B.S.W. program. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SOWK 310.
SOWK 316 (3) Integrative Seminar in Social Work Theory, Policy and Practice
Integrates students' learning from field, practice, policy and theory courses for the purposes of professional development.
SOWK 320 (3) Introduction to Social Work Research
Introduction to theory and conduct of social research as applied to social welfare and social work practice. The focus is on development of social work research questions and design of studies. Enrolment is limited to students in the B.S.W. program, except by permission of the school.
SOWK 335 (6) Social Analysis for Social Work Practice
Theoretical considerations of relevance to social work practice.
SOWK 337 (3) Culture and Race in Social Work Practice
Issues and problems inherent in practising social work in diverse cultural settings.
SOWK 400 (3) Canadian Social Policy
Analysis of race, gender, class and culture as factors in the distribution and delivery of Canadian social benefits and social services.
SOWK 405 (3) Social Work Practice II
This course examines the principles of optimal social work process with individuals, small groups, families and larger collectivities.
SOWK 415 (6) Practicum II
A supervised practicum in an assigned social service, two days a week throughout the program year. Enrolment is limited to students in the B.S.W. program. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 416 (3) Advanced Integrative Seminar in Social Work Theory, Policy and Practice
Development of professional judgement, evaluation, and self-evaluation in practice.
SOWK 425 (3) First Nations Social Issues
Contemporary social issues facing First Nations peoples and communities examined in the context of the history of Euro-Canadian/First Nations relations; the impact of Euro-Canadian institutions upon First Nations peoples; implications for social policy and social work practice.
SOWK 430 (3-6) d Special Studies in Social Work
Lectures, seminars and/or individual tutorials to develop knowledge and skills in relation to a defined theory, policy or practice problem or client population. Enrolment is limited to students in the B.S.W. program, except by permission of the School.
SOWK 440 (3-12) d Integrative Seminars in Social Work
A series of seminars offered during the final term of studies which address salient issues in social policy and social work practice and draw upon combined knowledge from social work and related disciplines.
SOWK 441 (3) Social Context of Child Development
The ways in which the familial, physical, and social environment effects the life structures, opportunities and outcomes of epigenetic developmental processes.
Equivalency: FMST 441.
SOWK 442 (3) Policy and Practice in Child Welfare
Covers the statutory bases and practices associated with the continuum of child welfare services from prevention through permanency planning.
Prerequisite: SOWK 441 or another course in child development.
SOWK 450 (3) Social Work Practice in Community Mental Health
Online course providing overview of social work services to persons with a mental illness. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing in SOWK.
SOWK 451 (3) Health Care Team Development
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course covers the skills, knowledge, roles, and issues involved with working successfully in interprofessional health and human service teams. Intended for upper division students in any health and human service program. Offered as IHHS 400 prior to September 2015. Credit will be granted for only one of SOWK 451 or IHHS 400.
SOWK 452 (6) HIV Prevention and Care
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course prepares senior students to respond effectively to the HIV epidemic and its consequences. The knowledge and skills required for interprofessional and discipline-specific work are explored. Intended for students in health and human service programs. Offered as IHHS 402 prior to September 2015. Credit will be granted for only one of SOWK 452 or IHHS 402. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 453 (3) Disability and Justice
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course considers how health and human service professionals can effectively practice with people with disabilities from a social justice perspective. Social and personal context and practice responses are examined. Offered as IHHS 407 prior to September 2015. Credit will be granted for only one of SOWK 453 or IHHS 407.
SOWK 454 (3) Interdisciplinary Practice with Children and Families
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course covers interprofessional perspectives, challenges, and strategies. Clinical experience and some knowledge of child protection issues required. Offered as IHHS 403 prior to September 2015. Credit will be granted for only one of SOWK 454 or IHHS 403.
SOWK 455 (6) Palliative Care
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course covers attitudes, knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for interprofessional and discipline-specific work in palliative care. For students registered in health and human service programs only. Offered as IHHS 405 prior to September 2015. Credit will be granted for only one of SOWK 455 or IHHS 405.
SOWK 456 (1-6) d Special Topics in Collaborative Healthcare
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course prepares students to practice patient-centred interprofessional collaboration in a specific area of healthcare. Offered as IHHS 480 prior to September 2015. Credit will be granted for only one of SOWK 456 or IHHS 480.
SOWK 501 (3) Advanced Canadian Social Policy
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 502 (6) Social Work Practice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 503 (3) Communication Skills in Social Work Practice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 504 (3/6) d Feminism and Social Work Praxis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 505 (3) Social Analysis for Social Work Practice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 506 (6) Directed Field Studies in Social Work I
Pass/Fail. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 510 (3) First Nations Social Issues
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 511 (3/6) d Theoretical Foundations of Social Work
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 512 (3/6) d Theories of Canadian and International Social Development
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 513 (3/6) d Theoretical Foundations of Social Work in the Health Field
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 514 (3/6) d Feminism and Social Work Praxis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 516 (3) Foundation MSW Integrative Seminar
Development of professional judgment, critical reflection, and integration of theory, practice, research and policy. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 521 (3) Social Work Practice in Addictions
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 522 (3) Family Mediation and Conflict Resolution
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 523 (3/6) d Advanced Analysis of Culture and Race in Social Work Practice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 524 (3/6) d Social Services Management
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 525 (3) Advanced Social Work Practice: Mental Health
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: A version of SOWK 440 with a focus on mental health, or equivalent (as specified by the School), including one-year employment experience in BC Mental Health system.
SOWK 526 (3/6) d Social Work Practice with Individuals and Couples
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 527 (3/6) d Social Work Practice with Children
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 528 (3/6) d Social work Practice with Groups
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 529 (3/6) d Communities and Social Development: Debates, Approaches and Fields of Practice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 530 (3/6) d Methods for Popular Sector Organizing
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 531 (3) Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 532 (3/6) d Social Work Practice with the Family
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 548 (3) Graduating Essay
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 549 (6/9) d Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 550 (3) Social Work and Social Justice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 551 (3) Health and Social Care Praxis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 552 (3/6) d Clinical Research and Social Work
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 553 (3/6) d Quantitative Methods in Social Work Research
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 554 (3/6) d Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 555 (3/6) d Seminar in Methodological Issues in Social Welfare
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 556 (3/6) d Seminar in Social Welfare Theory
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 557 (3/6) d Seminar in Social Work Practice Theory
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 559 (3) Advanced Integrative Seminar
Advanced development of professional judgment, critical reflection, and integration of theory, practice, research, policy. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 560 (3/6) d Directed Field Studies in Social Work II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 570 (3/6) d Directed Studies in Social Work
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 571 (3/6) d International Social Development
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 572 (3/6) d Child and Family: Policy and Practice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 573 (3/6) d Social Policy and Program Planning in the Health Field
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 601 (3) Social Work Doctoral Seminar
Critical examination of research, teaching, proposal writing and publication. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 621 (3) Social Theory, Ideology and Ethics
Critical analysis of major social theories, differentiating competing approaches to understanding human behaviour; social theory, social ideology, and social ethics. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 623 (3) Advanced Data Analysis in Social Work
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 654 (3) Advanced Qualitative Inquiry
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOWK 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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