SSW402 - Community Practice

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Subject Title
Community Practice

Subject Description
This course will explore a macro perspective of the relations between communities and organizations, and human behavior. The course focuses on two main areas: understanding the structure and dynamics of social services agencies, and examining issues and processes relating to having a community as a client.
The course will present various theoretical frameworks to analyze communities, and establish community needs and assets; provide an overview of the community development process; and examine the organizational structure and key features of agencies serving the community.

Credit Status
One credit in the Social Service Worker Diploma Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon completion of this course students will:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the macro social environment.
2. Demonstrate through class discussion and assignments, an understanding of theoretical frameworks to analyze communities and establish needs and assets
3. Demonstrate in a class presentation and/or assignment how to translate private troubles of vulnerable people into social or public issues that require communityinvolvement and action.
4. Identify and analyze the unique aspects of community social service work and the distinct strategies and steps of the community development process.
5. Demonstrate in assignments an understanding of organizational structures, including budgets and financial issues.
6. Demonstrate through group assignments the ability to build an effective team.
7. Identify community partners and begin building networks through group projects and experiential activities.
8. Demonstrate through assignments and class discussions a heightened capacity to become an ally to various communities and an effect agent of social change.

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Discrimination/Harassment
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.