BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-450 - Leadership Practice in Social Service - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-450 - Leadership Practice in Social Service - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course provides students with a critical introduction to leadership in social service organizations. It reviews organizational theory and its application to government and non-profit oprganizations. Leadership in a diverse workplace, program development, budgeting, staff appraisal, supervision and work with voluntary boards are also discussed. Through experiential learning methods, the course introduces students to key organizational skills necessary for effective leadership in organizations.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Elective Courses
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 200B, third year standing or permission of the instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master's of Social Work
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours for every 3 hours of classroom instruction
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Briefing Note: Organizational Issue & Analysis 20%, Group Workshops: Group Mark: 15%, Individual Mark 25%, Major Paper: Organizational Assessment 30%, Attendance & Participation 10%. Grading procedures follow the UCC Guidelines.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student should demonstrate knowledge, skills and/or attitudes in the following:
  • Understand basic organizational theories;

  • Understand the key components and dynamics of Human Service Organizations relating to analysis and social work practice;

  • Understand the conflicts, ambiguities, ethical dilemmas and practice issues experienced by Social Workers within organizations;

  • Have an understanding of self as a Social Worker and Practitioner in relation to organizations, personal and professional values and orientations;

  • Have an understanding of the differences and similarities between Aboriginal Human Service Organizations and non-Aboriginal Human Service Organizations; and

  • Have an understanding of work stresses and burnout and how to develop strategies to maintain personal balance and wellness.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Falikowski, Anthony. (1996). Mastering Human Relations. Second Edition. Sheridan College.

  • Bellefeuille, G., Garrioch, F., Ricks, F. (1997). Breaking the Rules: Transforming Governance in Social Services. Awasis Training Institute: Thompson, Manitoba.

  • Class Hand-outs & readings: As distributed by Instructor.

  • Reserved Resource Text in the library: Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills by Johnson & Johnson (this book will probably be helpful for the workshops).
  • Other Resources:
  • Community guest speakers as arranged.

  • Students are encouraged to contribute to the teaching/learning process through sharing knowledge and ideas in the class and in group exercises.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Instructors regularly modify and update course outlines. For the most recent version please contact the department.