PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
You must complete 24 courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|ENGL2550 (O)|| Introduction to Composition |
The course has a strong focus on essay composition and analysis. The assignments are designed to encourage critical and analytical reading, thinking, and writing. This course also introduces and demonstrates the APA method of citation. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
|HEED1000 (O)|| Health Education: Individual Health and Wellness |
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
|PSYC1040 (O)|| Introduction to Psychology I |
This course is the basic foundation course in psychology. It provides an introduction to the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. This course examines the evolution of psychology, research methods, descriptive statistics, the brain and behaviour, human lifespan development, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, conditioning and learning, and memory. Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
|SOWK1010 (O)|| Introduction to Social Work |
Study the history of social work and its evolution as a profession as the foundation for understanding social work’s current roles and practices. Learn about social policy, political structures, social issues, and practice with diverse client groups.
|SOWK1020|| The Helping Process |
Focus is on the helping process, which is the essence of social work practice. Examine the qualities and values of the helper in the context of multicultural practice. Study communication theory, techniques, and interviewing skills. Apply theory and skills to case studies and role-play scenarios.
|SOWK1023|| Social Work Practicum Laboratory I |
Develop and heighten your awareness of and readiness for social work field education. Learn reflectively and analytically through practice-oriented activities such as case studies, role plays, and agency visits to build skills and a value for professional ethics and competence reflective of the social work helping process.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|ENGL1011 (O)|| Introduction to Literary Analysis |
This course introduces students to formal and rhetorical writing practices at the post-secondary level, with an emphasis on literary analysis and close reading. Instruction and practice will be integrated with the study of literature drawn from a broad range of historical periods, cultural perspectives, social contexts, and literary genres (including fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction articles and essays, news media, and other cultural texts). Specific themes and texts will vary between sections.
|PSYC1050 (O)|| Introduction to Psychology II |
Build on your introductory knowledge of the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. Focus on the study of cognition (thinking), intelligence and creativity, motivation and emotion, personality, health, stress, and coping, psychological disorders, therapies, and social behaviour. Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
|SOCI1000 (O)|| Introduction to the Study of Society |
Explore introductory sociology through the study of social relations, community, and society. Learn about the institutions of Canadian society, such as family, politics, ethnicity, education, and religion.
|SOWK1030|| Assessment and Interviewing |
Build on theory and practice skills and integrate communication and interview skills with theoretical models and concepts to provide a framework for client assessment. Learn a systematic approach to effectively assess and intervene with clients.
|SOWK1040|| Models and Practice from an Anti-Oppressive Perspective |
Study concepts that address oppression and oppressed peoples, from a historical and a contemporary perspective and apply these concepts to social work practice models. Explore issues associated with internalized dominance and oppression. Apply different theories and perspectives to provide a framework for practice.
|Term 3 - 16 weeks|
|SOWK1100|| Social Work Practicum I |
Apply previously learned concepts of social work practice in a practicum setting. Demonstrate knowledge and application of social work interviewing and assessment skills at a beginner level.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|POLS1010 (O)|| Canadian Politics: Institutions and Issues |
This course explores the development of Canadian political institutions and political issues in Canada. The student will learn about contemporary Canadian politics by examining the evolution of federalism, the Constitution, parliament, Aboriginal and minority rights, the welfare state, multiculturalism, and similar topics. The course focuses on teaching critical thinking and writing skills by testing normative and empirical theories against Canadian historical and contemporary evidence. Transfer: UC
|PSYC2010 (O)|| Developmental Psychology: Human Life Span |
Study the biological, cognitive, moral, emotional, and social changes that occur in an individual during the human lifespan. Transfer: UC
|SOWK2010|| Community Development |
Examine the theory and definitions of community, community organization, and community development, as well as related concepts. Consider power and equity in relation to oppression, and apply models of intervention and strategies for change to diverse communities. Study the varied roles of the social worker in community practice and apply principles of community work.
|SOWK2020|| Social Work with Groups |
Focus on the processes and dynamics of group work in social work practice. Explore the theoretical underpinnings of group work with an emphasis on skill development. Focus on identifying values and practices that differ across cultures and consequently impact group work. Examine a variety of group types, phases of group development, intervention techniques, and leadership qualities.
|SOWK2023|| Social Work Practicum Laboratory II |
This course provides a forum for senior social work students to reflect upon and consolidate their learning from the Year 1 practicum experience and prepare for the Year 2 agency-based practicum in the spring. Drawing upon their previous practicum experience and a broader theoretical and conceptual knowledge base, students will have the opportunity to increase their skills and competence in advance of the Year 2 practicum.
|SOWK2030|| Social Work with Families |
Focus on the role of the social worker in assessing, intervening in, and supporting the family across its lifespan. Examine families as a unique social institution as well as from the student’s personal experience. Explore the historical evolution of family member roles, functions, and characteristics.
|Term 5 - 16 weeks|
|SOWK2040|| Social Policy |
Study social policy and its relationship to and impact on social work. Discuss social policy concepts and apply them to a variety of Canadian policy issues and societal trends. Examine the benefits and disadvantages of established social policies from the perspectives of marginalized groups.
|SOWK2050|| Mental Health: A Multicultural Perspective |
Approach mental health from a holistic and multicultural practice perspective. Examine the traditional medical model of illness and non-traditional cultural practices in mental health. Explore common mental health disorders in relationship to different cultural groups.
|SOWK2060|| Violence and Addictions: Issues in Social Work |
Examine in-depth two common abuse situations in contemporary family contexts: violence and addictions. Understand the cycle of violence and its impact on families and communities. Identify addictive substances and behaviours, issues associated with power and control, and impact they have on diverse communities.
|SOWK2070|| Social Work in Organizations |
Identify and understand the role of social workers as managers within many types of organizations. Learn the major functions of management and the importance of administration in organizations that provide social services. Examine attitudes and issues relevant to social work in light of the different responsibilities of the social work manager.
|Term 6 - 16 weeks|
|SOWK2100|| Social Work Practicum II |
Apply previously learned theory and practice to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and/or organizations. Integrate practicum experience with classroom learning.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.
Elective: One three-credit undergraduate university transfer course offered at NorQuest College or elsewhere.
Credits required for full-time status: 9 credits per term