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SWRK-1000H Introduction to Social Work An introduction to the profession of social work with an emphasis on its functions, values, ethics, and theoretical base. Methods of intervention, fields of practice, and ideological perspectives are explored, along with critical thinking about intersecting oppressions, diversity, and the practice of social work with various populations within Canadian and global contexts.
SWRK-1001H Introduction to Social Welfare Provides an overview of Canada's social welfare system. Adopting a critical theoretical approach, the historical development of social policies and programs will be examined. Social welfare frameworks and systems in Canada will be considered in light of issues such as culture, ethnicity, class, dignity, diversity, hegemony, and oppression.
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SWRK-2001H Foundations of Social Work Practice Introduces foundational social work theory, knowledge, ethics, and skills and expands anti-oppressive conceptual understandings about social work practice, its mission and values, the profession itself, and planned change stages and processes with individuals, families, and small groups. Introduces the emotional, intellectual, and professional/personal characteristics required for the practice of social work. Prerequisite: 70% or higher in SWRK 1000H and 1001H.
SWRK-2002H Foundations of Social Work Practice I Features community organizing, advocacy practice, and social change engagement and further develops students' anti-oppressive conceptual understandings of the profession and practice of social work. Applies foundational knowledge, theories, ethics, and skills to groups, communities, and organizations and examines the mission, values, and practices of social work as applied to critical practice. Prerequisite: 70% or higher in SWRK 2001H.
SWRK-2004H Risk and Resilience Throughout Lifespan Develops a critical understanding of human behaviour in the social environment through examining relevant theories, strategies, and social work practices. Assessment aimed at identifying factors that place individuals, families, and communities at risk for struggle across a variety of areas and developing strengths-based/resiliency intervention practices are highlighted. Prerequisite: 65% or higher in each of SWRK 4001H and 4002H.
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SWRK-3000Y Social Work Field Education Placement Includes three mandatory parts-orientation, field placement hours, and regular in-class integration seminars-and will provide opportunities for students to integrate social work theory and practice and to apply and develop social work knowledge and skills. Students will apply key social work concepts, theories, and intervention approaches including process recording, critical thinking, and ethical practice. Prerequisite: 65% or higher in each of SWRK 3001H, 3002H, and 3003H and a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. A student with a criminal record that is unacceptable to a placement agency may not be able to complete the program.
SWRK-3001H Social Work Communication Skills Presents social work interviewing, assessment, communication, and documentation practice skills. Students will conceptualize, assess, and apply supportive, culturally appropriate, and ethical intervention strategies with diverse service users. The course will be delivered using experiential learning approaches and utilize lab-based activities and assignments. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
SWRK-3002H Social Work Theory and Practice 1 Presents theoretical approaches with societies, communities, families, and individuals; examines the roots of personal and social problems; and discusses working with diverse service user populations. Offers readings, discussions, lectures, and assignments geared to assisting students to integrate mezzo and macro levels of social work theory, practice, and social action. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
SWRK-3003H Social Work Research Provides an overview of social work research methods and their application in anti-oppressive social change oriented practice. Social change oriented approaches to research and community-based research methods and practitioner self-study will be considered as tools for knowledge production and mobilization. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
SWRK-3004H Social Work and Indigenous Perspectives (ICR) Examines the history of colonialism, multigenerational trauma, anti-racist practice, strengths of Indigenous cultures, and relevant current and traditional healing modalities. Examines structural inequities including institutional, social, historic, and economic systems and bridges traditional Indigenous cultural teachings with evidenced-based research in order to provide culturally safe and appropriate care. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
This course meets the Indigenous Course Requirement.
SWRK-3005H Diversity, Identity, Social Location, & Oppression Invites students to consider the dynamics of difference to inform social work theory, research, and practice. Various dimensions of diversity are explored, including age, class, culture, gender, race, disability, and sexual orientation. Cultural safety/humility is explored, and critical thinking, reflection, and awareness of identity, privilege, and intersectionality are emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
SWRK-3006H Social Work and Social Policy Oppression Provides students with an overview of social policy in Canada and its role in anti-oppressive change-oriented social work practice. Students will review historical policy processes and orientations to social welfare and consider their relevance in the contemporary social welfare context. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
SWRK-3007H Community Social Work Oppression Focuses on community organization and development as well as the nature of community, its structures and processes, issues, and strategies of intervention across a variety of practice techniques, including community formation, organizing, and advocacy. Locality development, identity-based organizing, social planning, asset mapping, community capacity, social change, and collectivization will be explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
SWRK-3101H Social Work and Aging Explores and critically assesses social work theories on aging, the elderly in Canada, the impact of oppression on the aging process, and current (as well as developing) gerontological social work practices. Investigates a range of perspectives on aging including life span theory, feminist approaches, critical race perspectives, and Indigenous knowledge(s). Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years or permission of the director.
SWRK-3102H Anti-Oppressive Child Welfare Reviews the history of child welfare in Canada, issues of colonization, racialization, sexism, poverty, and discrimination, and examines the current structure of child welfare systems including legislation, definitions of abuse/neglect, roles of workers, and demographics of service users. Anti-oppressive theories of assessment and intervention strategies are examined and applied. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years or permission of the director.
SWRK-3103H Social Work and Families Teaches interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and practice approaches that are relevant for working with the contemporary family in all its forms, including Bowen, systems, feminist, structural, narrative, brief therapy, and Indigenous approaches. Develops family practice skills through the use of lectures, readings, class discussions/exercises, and interactive role play experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
SWRK-3104H Substance Use, Mental Health, & Recovery Oppression Explores the meaning and history of substance use, connections with mental health, and the construction of drug/alcohol use as a social problem. Linkages between trauma, oppression, and substance misuse and impacts on service users, assessment of substance misuse and mental health issues, and formulation of intervention plans will be highlighted. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years or permission of director.
SWRK-3105H Queering Social Work Oppression Provides an overview of queer history, presence/ absence (exclusion of lesbians, trans, Indigenous, polysexual, and intersex individuals), theories, issues, liberation, resistance, and victories. Emphasis on sexual/ gender diversity, privilege, and identity(ies). Support of queer persons and queer-straight alliances, as well as the protection and growth of queer communities, will be explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years or permission of director.
SWRK-3901H Reading Course A structured course involving independent study of a topic that is not covered by existing Trent social work required and elective courses. An application for the course must be completed by the student in collaboration with the instructor, and approved by the Department Director, and the Dean. This option is only offered when faculty expertise and resources permit. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSW professional years.
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SWRK-4000D Social Work Field Education Placement Includes three mandatory parts-orientation, field placement hours, and regular in-class integration seminars-and will provide opportunities for students to further develop and integrate social work theory and practice and to apply and develop social work knowledge and skills. Students will apply key social work concepts, theories, and intervention approaches, including process recording, critical thinking, and ethical practice. Prerequisite: a pass in SWRK 3000Y and a renewed Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. A student with a criminal record that is unacceptable to a placement agency may be unable to complete the program.
SWRK-4001H Feminist-Informed Trauma Practice Explores feminist theories, assessment, and intervention, and an integrated trauma model to work with trauma survivors. Analysis of intersectionality, the feminization of poverty, violence against women, racialized violence, children who witness violence, the construction of masculine violence as a cultural norm, and violence within same-sex couples will be examined. Prerequisite: 65% or higher in SWRK 4002H.
SWRK-4002H Social Work Theory and Practice 2 Moving from macro and mezzo perspectives to micro-level theoretical assessment and intervention, this course examines social work theoretical models for working with service users, including the use of self as a therapeutic tool; planned change processes; understandings of diversity, identity, social location, intersectionality, and oppression; current research; and professional roles/functions. Prerequisite: 65% or higher in each of SWRK 3001H, 3002H, and 3003H.
SWRK-4003H Social Work Organizations and Leadership Explores the theories, styles, and contemporary challenges of effective leadership in social work organizations. Perspectives of organizational development and theory, managerialism, and bureaucratic theories are critically examined. Selfknowledge, critical thinking, effective communication, teamwork, evidence-informed leadership, ethical leadership, and practical skills are developed. Prerequisite: 65% or higher in each of SWRK 4001H and 4002H.
SWRK-4004H Risk and Resilience Throughout Lifespan Develops a critical understanding of human behaviour in the social environment through examining relevant theories, strategies, and social work practices. Assessment aimed at identifying factors that place individuals, families, and communities at risk for struggle across a variety of areas and developing strengths-based/resiliency intervention practices are highlighted. Prerequisite: 65% or higher in each of SWRK 4001H and 4002H.