Social workers have a vital role in our society. They help individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to effectively function in our society. If you are empathetic, understanding, able to work in difficult situations, and have a desire to help others, you can have a fulfilling career in social work.
The Social Work Pre-Major consists of courses primarily focused on social sciences and humanities. Completion of the two-year Associate Degree prepares you for competitive admission into Year 3 in a Social Work degree program at many BC and Alberta institutions.
This pre-major provides the first two full years of study toward your four-year degree. Your social work courses will be taken in the final two years of study.
|ENGL 100||English Composition||3|
|ENGL 101 or ENGL 102||Introduction to Poetry and Drama or Introduction to Prose Fiction||3||VIU specifies ENGL 102|
|MATH 101||Finite Mathematics 1||3|
|STAT 106||Statistics||3||UFV requirement|
|3 credits in a laboratory science: CHEM 100 or CHEM 101 or BIOL 101 or BIOL 151 or GEOG101 or GEOL 105 or PHYS 103||3|
|6 credits in Social Science (ANTH, CRIM, ECON, ENST, POLI, PSYC and SOCI)||6|
|SOCI 101||Introduction to Sociology: The Individual and Society||3|
|SOCI 102||Introductionto Sociology 2: Social Institutions||3|
|6 credits in Humanities (FA, COMC, FNST, FREN, HIST, KTUN, PHIL, RELS, SPAN) other than English||6|
|FNST 101||First Nations Studies||3||UNBC Requirement|
|FNST 203||Indigenous Ways of Knowing||3|
|ANTH 101 or ANTH 105||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Health and Wellness in Indigenous Communities||3|
|ANTH 211 or PHIL 201||Anthropology of Gender or Social and Political Philosophy||3|
|SOCI 240||Indigenous Family Support Studies||3|
|HIST 211 or POLI 203 or 200-level CRIM||Women in Canada: 1920 to the Present or Canadian Government and Politics||3||HIST 211 recommended for UNBC|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology 1||3|
|PSYC 102||Introduction to Psychology 2||3|
|PSYC 207 or PSYC 240 or CRIM 210||Social Psychology or Introduction to Abnormal Psychology or Law, Youth, and Young Offenders||3||UFV requires PSYC 250 Human Development or equivalent|
|RELS 112 or RELS 180 or PHIL 101 or CRIM 103/PSYC 103 or 100-level Elective||World Religions and Spiritual Traditions: The Search for Meaning or An Introduction to Philosophical Inquiry 1 or Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour or 100-Level Arts Elective||3|
|HSWR 200||Roles and Responsibilities in Human Services||3|
|HSWR 201||Trends and Issues in Human Services||3|
|COMC 253||Intercultural Communication||3|
Total Credits: 60
We recommend you meet with an Education Advisor for course selection.
This course involves an in-depth exploration of the concept of culture and the cross-cultural study of human diversity within the discipline of anthropology. Students focus on topics such as anthropological research, ethics, culture, worldview, gender, language, marriage, families and households, Indigenous peoples, religion and globalization. Students also engage in self-reflexive examination of their own worldviews, perceptions and biases in relation to other peoples and cultures.
This course adopts a holistic approach to understanding health and wellness within Indigenous communities. Students examine many factors and conditions that impact Indigenous community health from a strength based rather than problem focused approach. This course also focuses on Indigenous worldviews in terms of how community health and wellness is articulated and maintained.
Traditional knowledge and Indigenous scholarship are incorporated alongside anthropological perspectives. Whether delivered face to face or online, the course is treated as an interactive lecture series. Indigenous representatives from local communities and scholars knowledgeable about course topics share their valuable insights and knowledge with students.
This course explores the cultural constructions of gender through an ethnographic perspective that engages students in cross-cultural comparative analysis. Students will critically examine early studies and anthropological perspectives of gender as well as current, Indigenous, and post-modern perspectives including feminist anthropology and queer theory. Cultural constructions of gender are explored through various topics and social issues.
This course explores the inherent relationship between culture, language and communication. The key concepts of study are identity, culture, assumptions and stereotypes, beliefs, value systems, and globalization. From theory to practice, students will investigate the impact of identity and context in intercultural interactions. The focus of this course is to help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in today’s culturally diverse communities.
This course is an introduction to biological, psychiatric, psychological and social/environmental explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour. This course explores specific types of behaviours such as violent offences (homicide), sexual offences and family violence through a psychological lens. The unique nature and needs of Indigenous, female, youth, and mentally ill offenders will also be explored.
This course is an analysis of the nature, prevalence, characteristics and consequences of youth crime, deviance and responses to youth crime in Canada. Students examine the social construction of youth crime and young offenders. The history of youth crime legislations, legal frameworks, theoretical explanations and statistics of youth deviance are analyzed.
English 100 focuses on composition for academic purposes and develops a student’s ability to write clearly and effectively. Students also learn the fundamentals of critical thinking, persuasive writing techniques (including rhetorical appeals and devices), scholarly research, and academic reading.
An introduction to the critical reading of literature through the study and analysis of poetry and drama across historical periods from Shakespeare to twenty-first century poets and dramatists. While this course will teach students how to perform college-level literary analysis of canonical texts, it will also teach students how to question and evaluate the cultural narratives that literature circulates. As such, the class will explore questions of gender, class, race, nationhood/nation building, and the problematic literary canon in order to develop strategies for negotiating complex literary texts and to become better, more nuanced readers.
English 102 introduces students to the genre of literary fiction from the origins of the short story in early nineteenth century to the novels of twentieth and twenty-first century. The aim of English 102 is to read fiction with an understanding of genre, technique and form; to apply various critical strategies to literary texts; and to develop analytical writing skills appropriate to essays at the university level. Ultimately, the course encourages students to consider how narrative forms can shape, challenge and respond to their moral, social, and political contexts.
This course is an introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Aboriginal studies. The prehistory, history, and traditional and contemporary cultures of Aboriginals in Canada and their various perspectives are addressed. Additionally, the historical overview of Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations and their effects are explored.
This course introduces students to concepts of Indigenous traditional knowledge, worldview and epistemology through witnessing Elder teachings, insights from Indigenous scholars and experiences of Indigenous community members. This course begins with a review of knowledge creation and ways of knowing. It then explores the value, importance and uniqueness of Indigenous ways of knowing and pedagogy in comparison to Western ways of knowing and pedagogy through exploring questions that are important to First Nations peoples.
This course focuses on a number of important aspects of women's twentieth century experience in intriguing ways. Concepts such as domesticity and motherhood are examined through the study of marriage rituals, childrearing practices, and contraceptive methods. The sexual division of labour is analyzed in terms of women's paid and unpaid work during times like the Second World War. Consumption is examined by looking at shopping habits of the 1950s. Political involvement is measured not only in the progress women made in becoming persons, but also in becoming feminists. Attempts are also made to account for the experiences of immigrant and lesbian women.
HSWR 200 introduces you to the practice of social work, including a critical examination of the ethics, values and historical development of the social work profession. Students learn a variety of models and theories of social work practice and examine how they can be applied to diverse populations.
HSWR 201 is a critical introduction to the study of Canadian Social Welfare Policy and the structure of social services in Canada. The objectives and context of social welfare are presented and examined using different ideologies and discourses.
This course is intended for students who require an appreciation of higher mathematics, but don’t require calculus. Math 101 stresses a logical and critical thinking approach while investigating the following topics: an introduction to linear algebra, linear programming, the simplex method, set theory and counting, an introduction to probability and statistics, and Markov Processes.
Philosophy 101 is designed to introduce students to the questions and ideas in the world of thought and the skills of moral reasoning. In the context of both classical and contemporary philosophers, the moral principles used to justify how we should live are discussed. What are the sources of such principles? What are their limitations? An analysis of various moral traditions will seek to answer Socrates’ timeless ethical question, "how ought we to live?"
Social and Political Philosophy explores human beings living together in society. Themes include the philosophical foundations of political systems, concepts of justice and liberty, the role of the state and the individual, and, the question of historical law. Resources include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and many more. Perspectives outside the Western Tradition, i.e. Eastern and Indigenous views, will also be explored.
This course introduces students to Canadian government and politics by concentrating on the theoretical constructs fashioned by political scientists. Students develop an even more in-depth comprehension of the historical foundation and current operation of the Constitution/Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the four institutional components of the federal system. Students will be exposed to various issues surrounding these aspects of this national field of political science.
This course provides an introduction to the history, principles, and methods of psychology. Topics may include the brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning and memory, thinking and language, and states of consciousness.
This course is a continuation of PSYC 101. Topics may include development across the lifespan, intelligence, motivation, emotion, stress and health, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, and social behaviour.
This course provides an introduction to the study of human social behaviour. Topics include research methodology, social cognition, social perception, the self, attitudes, conformity, group processes, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behaviour, aggression, and prejudice.
This course is an introduction to the research, history, and theories of abnormal psychology. A major emphasis in the course is to examine selected categories of psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. Additional topics may include diagnostic classification, the impact of health and stress on psychological functioning, understanding abnormality, and therapies.
This course examines the prominent religious and spiritual traditions of the World. These include Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and primal (or Indigenous) religions. Other ancient traditions, as well as newer religious movements, will also be discussed. Each tradition is explored in terms of origin and development (key figures, events, and evolution), fundamental worldview (divine reality, the problem and solution for human beings, life beyond death, etc.), ethical teachings, mystical approaches, and sacred writings, rituals and symbols. Meta-issues, such as secularization and religious pluralism, will also be explored. Students will gain knowledge and appreciation of each tradition, as well as of religiosity and spirituality in general.
This course explores the question of meaning in life, especially in the modern setting. The disintegration of externally-provided meanings and the proposition of a universe without objective value poses specific issues and questions for individuals: Where can meaning be found? Is meaning merely subjective? What role does God, religion, spirituality, nature, science and society play? After examining the philosophical context which structures the question of modern meaning, we explore diverse solutions to it (religious, spiritual, atheistic etc.) Sources include Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Tolstoy, Camus, Sartre, Freud, Jung, Viktor Frankl, Bertrand Russel and others.
Sociology 101 introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology, while also focusing on the relationship between the individual and society. In addition to theory and research methods, topical areas include: culture, socialization, media, conformity, social structure and interaction, sex and intimate relationships, population and urbanization, and globalization. Students will increasingly acquire a sociological perspective to enrich their understanding of the social world, especially the vital link between self and society.
This introductory course examines the major social institutions and social processes in contemporary society, and examines in the central theoretical perspectives in sociology: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, feminism, and postmodernism. Topics include: Family, Education, Religion, Mass Media, Economy and Work, Power, Politics and Government, Social Class and Stratification, Global Stratification, and Collective Behaviour, Social Movements and Social Change.
This course explores the diverse and unique nature and dynamics of First Nations, Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit (referred to inclusively as Indigenous) families. Students learn directly from Indigenous families, their support networks and advocates their strengths as well as the challenges and struggles they continue to face through the imposed transition from traditional to contemporary family roles. From this, students will work towards fostering a better understanding of how they can assist in providing culturally appropriate family support, and promoting family wellness and safe environments for children.
This course introduces the fundamental ideas of statistics and can be applied to any discipline. Topics include: collection, description, and presentation of data; calculating central tendency and dispersion; probability and statistical inference; hypothesis testing (means, proportions, variances, one and two samples); correlation and regression; decision making and sampling, Goodness of Fit Tests, and Contingency Tables.
|Student Association Fee:||$138.0|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$177.6|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$459.0|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
|Tuition Year 1:||$11700.0|
|Tuition Year 2:||$12650.0|
|Student Association Fee:||$138.0|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$177.6|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$459.0|
*These prices are for international students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
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Interests: Work With My Hands, Care for Others, Teach Others, Not Have a Desk Job, Complete a Degree
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