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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Graduate Courses (Masters and PhD) Social Work Graduate Courses
Social Work Graduate Courses

GRADUATE COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

Social Work 5111      Research Methods for Advanced Generalist Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This course introduces students to empirically-based research methods used by the advanced generalist practitioner in the evaluation of his/her own practice outcomes and examines evaluation procedures for use with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. An emphasis is placed on the use of single-subject/system research designs.
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Social Work 5112      Clinical Skills for Northern Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Current knowledge regarding the diagnosis and treatment of the major clinical problems which people present for counselling (for example, depression, anxiety, grief, eating disorders) will be critically examined from a social work perspective. Other topics include the social and political construction of diagnosis and treatment, and ethical issues in clinical practice. The intent is to prepare social workers for clinical practice in communities where they will be doing much of the front-line work of assessment and counselling.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 5113      Diversity and Northern Social Work Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This course pursues the concept of diversity, its relationship to social work practice, and its conceptualization in northern, rural and remote contexts. Topics to be examined may include colonialism, regionalism, multiculturalism, sexual orientation, ethnic diversity, racial diversity, gender construction and "ableism".
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 5211      Supervision for Generalist Social Work Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The role of supervision in generalist practice is examined. Topics include supervisory roles and functions as applied to management, administration, and human service organizations, conflict resolution, training, teamwork, negotiating organizations, and case management.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 5213      Advanced Social Planning
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This course critically assesses theoretical and philosophical foundations of social planning. It also familiarizes students with social planning practice in northern, rural, and remote contexts. Some key issues include: what was social planning; what is social planning; what should it be; how can it be done better; what is the role of social workers and related professionals in the social planning process; in what contexts of diversity should social planning be conceived and implemented.
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Social Work 5214      Social Work Seminar
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This seminar course is designed to accommodate students with specialized interests in social work and social welfare. Content will vary from year to year.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 5215      Selected Topics in Social Work
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This reading course is designed to accommodate students with a special area of interest in northern social work practice.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Social Work 5216      Organizational Behaviour
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical examination of organizational theories and practices with a view to enhancing practice and identifying strategies for creating positive changes. Intra-organizational and inter-organizational issues will be addressed from the multiple perspectives of service users, workers, management and the broader community. Race, gender, class and geographic location will form part of a critical assessment. Leadership, supervision, equity and evaluation are examples of areas for in-depth study in individual projects.
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Social Work 5510      Strategies for Social Development in Northern Environments
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of practice theory and social change strategies that build on a social development perspective. The course draws on social planning and development theory as well as practice experience of change in northern urban and rural environments. Topics include: community strengthening through capacity building, empowerment by networking and coalition building, sustainable development to balance socio-economic development and environmental protection, and combatting oppression and social injustice in communities.
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Social Work 5511      Applied Social Research Methods
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of qualitative and quantitative methods in social research. The course is also designed to enable students to initiate their master's project or thesis. Topics include the ethics and politics of knowledge construction, methods for reviewing existing research, and research methods including experimental, survey, qualitative, and secondary/archival designs.
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Social Work 5513      Social Policy for Provincial Norths: People, Power and Politics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An exploration of social policy from a critical perspective which seeks to expose those systemic inequalities in society which encourage social injustice, social inequality and social stratification, especially in Canada's provincial norths. The domination and permeation of social values and social constructions will also be examined as well as the relationship among power, social policy, social planning and social change theories. The subsequent impact for geographic and cultural communities will be examined, in particular for the provincial norths, and in general for rural Canada and the far north. Emphasis will be given to the exploration of context-sensitive strategies that promote social policies which are relevant to northern communities and populations.
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Social Work 5514      Social Work Theory for Northern Practice
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical assessment of social work practice theory in relation to its relevance for advanced generalist practice in northern, rural and remote contexts. Within this analytical framework, consideration is given to such areas of diversity as sexual orientation, racial and ethnic plurality, gender construction, ability, age, socioeconomic class, and regionalism. Applications of generalist northern practice studied may include clinical work with individuals, families or groups; community development, social service administration, social policy research, and social planning.
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Social Work 5601 (9601)      Field Practicum
Description: The field practicum is designed to provide the student with opportunity to apply his/her theoretical knowledge and develop practice skills necessary to conduct advanced generalist practice in a chosen practice concentration. Students in the Collaborative Specializations must focus their practicums in their specializations. The practicum is 450 hours and is graded on a pass-fail basis.
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Social Work 5801 (9801)      Master's Project
Description: The project requires a limited review and analysis of existing knowledge pertaining to the student's chosen project topic. The project may take various forms such as policy analysis; development of a program or practice model; implementation of a program evaluation plan; analysis of a practice issue/problem; development of a module or preparation of a journal article.
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Social Work 5901 (9901)      Master's Thesis
Description: All thesis students are required to complete a thesis to the satisfaction of an appointed committee responsible for the supervision of the student's thesis work. The production of a thesis involves the systematic investigation of a topic related to the student's area of concentration through an extensive literature review and the collection and analysis of original data culminating in the thesis which will reflect scholarly attainment and a contribution to social work knowledge.
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