Social Policy and Legislation

Course Code SSWR-301
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

Students will learn how social policies and legislation inform social service work in the areas of legal accountability, standards of practice, civil and legal responsibility and as the primary response by governments to social problems. Using an inter-professional approach, students will examine how the Youth Criminal Justice Act informs and impacts practice in different professions. Through application of information and technical literacy, learners will critically examine the social policies and relevant legislation that affect the delivery of social services and programs that relate specifically to client populations.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize the legislative framework governing Social Service Work and the implications for professional practice and accountability in various helping professions.
  2. Discuss the impact of relevant legislation, mandated policies and regulations on service design and delivery.
  3. Analyze social policy initiatives from government funding bodies (federal, provincial and municipal) and service delivery organizations.
  4. Describe the effects of ideology on major policy shifts such as globalization, free trade, debt reduction on clients, workers and the delivery of social programs.
  5. Identify the macro ethical implications that underlie various social policies using social service ethics and values.