SWL136 - Introduction to Social Problems

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Subject Title
Introduction to Social Problems

Subject Description

This subject will provide an introduction to key social problems in Canadian society and also within the global context. The course will acquaint students with definitions, sociological theories, interconnections between social issues, impact, and strategies used to alleviate these concerns. This course is designed to encourage students to think critically and creatively about social problems, and encourages self-reflection for individual action.

Credit Status
One Credit 

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

  1. Identify basic social issues facing Canadian society.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension of 3 major theoretical perspectives as a framework in which to understand social problems/issues.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how media presentation of social problems helps to shape perceptions.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze social issues: including identifying relevant parties playing a role, understanding possible causes and solutions.
  5. Identify one’s own biases when considering a specific social issue.
  6. To apply the social construction perspective in order to analyze social problems.
  7. Be able to develop a social justice perspective and incorporate into social service worker practice.
  8. Critically evaluate the proposed ways to alleviate the major social problems facing society today.

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