BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-457 - Aboriginal Social Work Theory - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-457 - Aboriginal Social Work Theory - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course examines social workers' roles and responsibilities in working with diverse Aboriginal peoples such as First Nations, Inuit, Métis, including on and off reserve peoples. The concept and process of decolonization is introduced and connected to contemporary stories, community social work program initiatives and practices of Aboriginal peoples. This course utilizes a gendered, Aboriginal social justice perspective. It explores strategies for reconciliation and building relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples as well as practices within the social work profession.
Part of the:
  • BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Core Courses
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Social Work Core Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2018 (January - April)
  • Spring 2019 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200B, SOCW 200A, or 3rd year standing or permission of Department Head
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the concept and process of decolonization as it relates to contemporary social work practice;
  • identify social workers’ roles in colonization, including the destruction of cultures, languages and economies, along with mainstream assumptions associated with social work practice;
  • demonstrate an awareness of holistic social work practice within diverse Aboriginal cultures, community contexts and languages, including their expression in arts, music and healing methods;
  • demonstrate an understanding of critical race theory;
  • apply perspective to understanding the concept of gender in Aboriginal cultures and languages and how this relates to a decolonization approach to social work practice;
  • describe the similarities and differences in the roles, responsibilities and issues between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal social workers who utilize a decolonizing approach;
  • demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal social justice approaches;
  • identify strategies that can be used for reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples; and
  • demonstrate what it means to be an ally.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Edited by Wilson, Waziyatawin Angela and Michael Yellow Bird. For Indigenous eyes only: a decolonization handbook. Current edition. Santa Fe. School of American Research.
  • Baskin, Cyndy. Strong helpers’ teachings: the value of Indigenous knowledges in the helping professions. Current edition. Toronto. Canadian Scholars’ Press, Inc.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
     
    SOCW-457-01
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T1:30PM - 4:30PM02 Jan 201816 Apr 2018
     
    SOCW-457-V1
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    TH1:30PM - 4:30PM02 Jan 201816 Apr 2018
     
    SOCW-457-01
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T6:00PM - 9:00PM02 Jan 201916 Apr 2019
     
    SOCW-457-V1
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    TH1:30PM - 4:30PM02 Jan 201916 Apr 2019