BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-306 - Theory and Ideology of Social Work - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-306 - Theory and Ideology of Social Work - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course introduces students to social work theory and ideology, and examines the links between social values, theory and practice in social work. Various social work practice theories are introduced to build a foundation for critical social work practice. The social, political and economic contexts of social work and social welfare are addressed.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Core Courses
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Social Work Core Courses
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 200B, third year standing or permission of department head
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master of Social Work
    Office Hours: 1.5 hour for every 3 hours of classroom instruction
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Quizzes (3x10%) 30% Class Presentation 20% 3. Recommended Readings Paper 20% 4. Group Presentation/Major Essay 30% Grading procedures follow the UCC Guidelines.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student will demonstrate knowledge, skills and/or attitudes in the following:
  • To develop a commitment to and an understanding of theory as necessary for social work practice;
  • To know the values and ethics on which social work practice is based, and to help you to increase your understanding of your value orientations and preferences and the way these affect your practice;
  • To develop a commitment to the ideal of a partnership relationship between the social worker and the client system, and a collaborative orientation toward community resource systems;
  • To prepare you for the third year fieldwork experience and begin the process of clarifying and building on your own framework for generalist practice.
  • 5. To enhance your ability to be pro-active, energetic and resourceful in learning and problem solving.
  • To promote pro-active and self-directed learning;
  • To understand current social work theories in relation to an Aboriginal perspective which also has a major cultural paradigm;
  • To have discussions and lectures on current social work theories that include a contrast/comparison analysis to Aboriginal perspectives;
  • To study and understand a holistic perspective about Aboriginal people when looking at social work theory that includes: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of people;
  • To study and understand the importance of traditional healing and self-care when being a caregiver and when working with clients; and

  • To study, interact, understand the importance of Elders in the Aboriginal community and their oral traditions and its relation and importance to social work theory and practice.

  • Text and Materials:
  • Mulaly, R. (1997). Structural social work: Ideology, theory and practice (2nd ed.). Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Payne, M. (1997). Modern social work theory: A critical introduction. (2nd ed.). Chicago: Lyceum Press.

  • Also see class schedules for reading placed on reserve in the NVIT Library.
  • Other Resources:
    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.