BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-350 - Social Work, Law and Social Policy - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-350 - Social Work, Law and Social Policy - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course examines the social impact of law and policy on children, families and communities involved within various social services, particularly child welfare. Topics will include the Canadian Constitution, the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA), and court systems. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the rights of clients and the responsibility of social workers to uphold those rights. This course focuses on a critical examination of family and child welfare policy and legislation from an Aboriginal perspective. The conceptual framework will include an examination of ideological influences, as well as the importance of a gender, race and class analysis regarding family and child welfare issues and practice in Canada.
Part of the:
  • BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK Department
  • Course offered:
  • Fall 2018 (September - December)
  • 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:

  • assess the principal features of the history, policy, and be able to explain the recent changes in B.C. child welfare legislation;
  • critically analyze the implications of different ideologies on shifting child welfare policy and legislation, and the relationship between societal structures, the family, the community, and child welfare practice;
  • deconstruct the major structures of decision-making and processes of policy development with respect to British Columbia‚Äôs child welfare services, immigration, disability, family law and young offender law;
  • interpret how child welfare measures are seen from an Aboriginal perspective and the approaches being taken by Aboriginal peoples to control their own family life and welfare at a community level;
  • evaluate the various impacts of oppression and gender relations on child welfare policy, legislation, and practice;
  • outline and explain several social issues (such as family violence, sexual and physical abuse, and poverty) that impact and influence child welfare policy; and
  • evaluate the role of the legal system and mandate of social workers in child welfare, including ethical and legal accountability for social workers.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Foster & WharfPeople, politics, and child welfare in British Columbia Current edition. Halifax. UBC Press/li>
  • Regehr, Cheryl & Kanani, KarimaEssential law for social work practice in Canada Current edition. Don Mills. Oxford University Press/li>
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved June 25, 2014.
    Current Course Offerings:
     
    SOCW-350-V1
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    F1:30PM - 4:30PM04 Sep 201818 Dec 2018
     
    SOCW-350-01
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T9:00AM - 12:00PM04 Sep 201818 Dec 2018