Introduction to Social Work I

SSW 160 Introduction to Social Work I is designed to introduce students to the practice of social work, emphasizing a generalist approach and considering the ideological and historical influences which have shaped social work in Canada. The values, knowledge, and skill foundations to this challenging profession are investigated. Further, it explores the roles of social workers and their methods of intervention based on several practice frameworks, including systems, strengths perspective, structural, anti-oppressive, feminist and Aboriginal approaches. This exploration includes a review of the relevant codes of ethics and practice standards that guide practitioners. Social structures that influence people's lives are also examined along with how various sources and forms of oppression and marginalization impact the lives of people in Canadian society.

Admission to the Social Service Worker Program.