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SSW402 - Community Practice
This course will explore a macro perspective of the relations between communities and organizations, and human behavior. The course focuses on two main areas: understanding the structure and dynamics of social services agencies, and examining issues and processes relating to having a community as a client.
The course will present various theoretical frameworks to analyze communities, and establish community needs and assets; provide an overview of the community development process; and examine the organizational structure and key features of agencies serving the community.
SWL401 - Social Policy
How and why social policies are developed, presented and implemented is the focus of study. Current literature and legislation will be examined and evaluated. Students will be expected to explore their own attitudes, beliefs and values in this area.
SWL447 - Social Service Work Seminar
The fieldwork seminar has a two-fold purpose. First it gives students an opportunity to discuss their field placement learning with each other and with the faculty. The field placement seminar provides students with the opportunity to integrate field experiences with the academic components of the curriculum.
The second purpose is to develop professional attitudes, examine feelings about specific learning experiences, develop self-awareness, and relate to others with insight, empathy and understanding. Students will develop their knowledge of the field of social services in general in order to understand the implications of the worker?s role in service delivery.
In addition, this subject builds on field experience and related theory to provide students with skills and strategies for finding employment. This will include portfolio development.
SWL457 - Field Practice
Field placement is a laboratory for students in the placement setting. The student learns the philosophy, function, procedures, strengths and limitations of a social service agency. In addition, she/he learns to become part of a service team, and learns to meet the needs of people serviced by the agency.