SWL401 - Social Policy

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Subject Title
Social Policy

Subject Description
How and why social policies are developed, presented and implemented is the focus of study. Current literature and legislation will be examined and evaluated. Students will be expected to explore their own attitudes, beliefs and values in this area.

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:


  1. To further develop students' ability to think analytically and critically about the development of social welfare policy
  2. To introduce fundamental concepts in understanding the Canadian social welfare system
  3. To introduce students to some economic and psychosocial problems faced by some disadvantaged members of our society
  4. To assist students in clarifying their own values and attitudes towards the disadvantaged
  5. To increase students' awareness of current social welfare policy development
  6. To provide students with an introduction to the major components of the Canadian social welfare system

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