BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-311 - Indigenous Perspectives on Social Policy - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-311 - Indigenous Perspectives on Social Policy - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Students will explore and critically analyze socio-historical Canadian policies and legislation and the implications for Indigenous peoples today. Students will examine policy development with an emphasis on who the policy makers are and whom the policies serve. Students will analyze and critique how and if existing policies could be effective for Aboriginal people. This course explores the socio-historical, economic, ideological & institutional contexts for the development of decolonizing social policies in Canada. The policy-making process as well as the role of social policy in processes of inclusion, exclusion, marginalization, and oppression, will be discussed. This course utilizes a gendered, Indigenous, decolonizing lens. It explores strategies for reconciliation within the social work profession and Canadian society.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Core Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 200B, or third year standing or permission of the department head
    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 common policy terms and definitions; 

  • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of colonization, decolonization, self-determination, and reconciliation;

  • examine how Indigenous philosophies and social justice approaches can inform the development of policies related to Indigenous peoples;

  • examine how jurisdictional and funding issues affect Indigenous peoples, governance, policies and programs; 

  • describe what a gendered Indigenous analysis is and apply it to a social policy issue; 

  • describe key connections between the domestic constitutional law and international laws and explain how they relate to Indigenous policies, self-governance and human rights issues; 

  • identify the social work professions' foles in the development and the implementation of colonial policies and practices; 

  • demonstrate an understanding of how intersecting oppressions and policies affect Indigenous peoples; 

  • identify decolonizing and social justice strategies that can be used to address socioeconomic and political issues, and

  • describe the similarities and differences in the roles and responsibilities as Indigenous and non-Indigenous social workers who utilizing decolonizing approaches.
  • Text and Materials:

    • Green, J. (2014). Indivisible: Indigenous human rights. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood Publishing.

    • Wharf, B. & McKenzie, B. (Current ed.) Connecting policy to practice in the human services. Toronto, ON. Oxford University Press.

    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T1:00PM - 4:00PM04 Sep 202403 Dec 2024