Core Courses – First Year Foundational Track

Course Description
SOCW 511 Introduction to Social Work Theory and Practice
Winter Term 1; M 1:30-4:30 pm
Instructor: Sookraj
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.
SOCW 512 Theories and Interventions for Clinical Social Work
Winter Term 1; F 1:30-4:30 pm
Instructor: Chau
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.
SOCW 513 Assessment Skills for Clinical Social Work
Winter Term 1; T 9:30 am-12:30 pm or W 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Instructor: Jansons
Theoretical perspectives and foundational skills for assessment in clinical social work.
SOCW 514 Diversity and Critical Reflexive Practice
Winter Term 1; R 2:00-5:00 pm
Instructor: Hole
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.
SOCW 515 Social Welfare Policy in Canada
Summer Term
Focuses on how social policy and laws respond to, and impact, social work practitioners and service users. Examines the substantive social policies and programs that frame the provision of services.
SOCW 516 Foundations of Ethical Practice
Winter Term 1; F 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Introduces the values and principles of ethical practice in relation to clinical social work. Explores ethical issues in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
SOCW 517 Social Work and Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Summer Term
Overview of historical and current issues confronting social work with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit individuals, families and communities within Canada; critical assessment of theories for professional practice with Canada’s indigenous peoples.
SOCW 518 Integrative Seminar
Winter Term 2; F 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Course Instructor: Wells or Gillespie
Links classroom education with field education. Consists of independent readings, invited speakers, and online discussions.
SOCW 519 Social Work Field Education I
Winter Term 2
Development, application, and integration of core social work knowledge and skills in social work practice settings.


Core Courses – Second Year Foundational Track

Course Description
SOCW 551 Advanced Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice
Winter Term 1; M 1:30-4:30 pm
Instructor: Rasmussen
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.
SOCW 552 Community, Place and Policy in Clinical Practice
Winter Term 1; T 1:30-4:30 pm or R 1:30-4:30 pm
Instructor: Hole or Gillespie
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.
SOCW 553 Research Methods and Evidence in Clinical Social Work Practice
Winter Term 1; R 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Chau
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.
SOCW 554 Mental Health and Mental Illness
Winter Term 1; F 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: TBA
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.
SOCW 559 Social Work Field Education II
Winter Term 2
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.