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Expand your horizons - take courses in social work!

Expand your horizons - take courses in social work!


By Lawrence Becker, Community Social Service Work instructor


Interested in taking courses in social work? For the second year running, the Community Social Service Work (CSSW) Program is offering two courses to all Douglas students (so you can take them even if you are not a CSSW student). This is a terrific way for you to get acquainted with the field of social work and earn university transfer credits at the same time.

Introduction to Social Welfare (CSSW 1200) will be offered in Fall 2013, and Introduction to Social Work Practice (CSSW 1100) will be offered in Winter 2014. Both courses are hybrids, which means you get the flexibility of continuing your studies while keeping up with other commitments, such as work and family. You’ll spend half the time on campus as you would with a traditional class. The rest of the time is yours - you can work on quizzes, chat room discussions, multimedia presentations and other assignments at your convenience.

Introduction to Social Welfare deals with income security measures in Canada, while Introduction to Social Work Practice provides an overview of social work as a profession. Social Work Practice covers issues such as homelessness, poverty, immigration, aboriginal issues, mental health and other topics relevant to the profession.

“These courses provided me with an interesting look at the past and current developments of social work over time,” says Jennifer, a recent student.

“I had no idea of the relationship between political movements and the development of social programs that seem just a part of our lives,” says Tom, a current grad.

The courses require no prerequisites, and credits earned can be transferred to most Bachelor of Social Work Programs offered in British Columbia, including those at UVic, UBC, UNBC and other institutions.

David, a grad who is already employed in the field of social services, says these hybrid courses allowed him to work full time and still complete what he needed to further his career in social work.

“I’ve been working at an agency for a while now, but having these courses gives me more security in my position and allows me to pursue more schooling down the road,” David says.

Linda, an Arts and Humanities student, says she likes the hybrid format because it required her to stay on top of her studies.

“There is more responsibility on students for outside learning and studying. I felt more prepared for class, and the discussions had more depth to them because we were required to keep up on the material.”

Find out more about the Community Social Service Work Program on our website.

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