BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-445 - Aboriginal Health & Wellness - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-445 - Aboriginal Health & Wellness - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is one of the required courses for the Bachelors of Social Work Aboriginal Healthcare Specialization. The intention of this course is to build capacity for students in their work with Aboriginal people in healthcare. Students will gain advanced knowledge and skills specifically relevant to Aboriginal history and health. An understanding of colonization and implications to health will be explored as well as an analysis of the relationship between social, political, economic issues and health and wellness. Students will be introduced to linkages between government policy and its impact on Aboriginal wellness. Aboriginal traditional healers and medicines will be a significant part of the course teachings.
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  • Prerequisites : Program admission and/ or instructor permission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    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:

    • describe the effects of colonization on the current aspects of poverty, health and justice;

    • describe and analyze the barriers to access health services;

    • demonstrate knowledge and skills regarding Indigenous principles of holistic health and wellness including family, ceremony, and traditional teachings by comparing and contrasting Aboriginal health models with mainstream medical models and develop knowledge of the system of care;

    • identify and explain how Aboriginal health and wellness modalities enrich and enhance mainstream health systems;

    • demonstrate a lens of decolonization in social work healthcare practice;

    • explain the value of self-determination on health and wellness for Aboriginal populations;

    • explain and apply anti-oppressive knowledge and skills relative to colonialism as a determinant of health;

    • articulate the link between spiritual health trauma as a result of colonization and the manifestations on holistic wellness;

    • describe of healthy early childhood development and early intervention and prevention services and how they influence health through the lifespan;

    • reflect upon and articulate their own beliefs surrounding health and establish an understanding and respect for Aboriginal perspectives of health and wellness; and

    • explain how social work can engage Aboriginal communities and individuals interfacing with dominant Western models of health.

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