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SOWK 200 - Introduction to Social Work

Students in this course will learn about the history of social work and social welfare in Canada. The course will focus on helping students to understand the social movements, sociocultural practices, and ethics that have contributed to development of Social Work as a profession, as well as the values that inform the profession. The course is designed to help students recognize the relationships between history, theory, and praxis in social interventions, with the goal of contemplating the various ways in which a society can ethically respond to human need and social suffering. Students also will gain some perspective on research in Social Work, as well as the role of social workers and their practice around the globe.

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SSCI 300 - Field Course in International Development

First-hand observation of, and active participation in, a selected rural or urban community development project in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Projects focus on basic human needs in subsistence economies. All students complete a field-based research assignment. Pre- and post-field classes, readings and assignments emphasize Christian perspectives on development, methods of community development, and cross-cultural skills.

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SSCI 301 - Field Course in Transformational Development (East Africa)

This field course is designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of Christian community development in an East African context. Through readings, lectures, and week long field visits students will be able to observe and understand the complex nature of poverty in East Africa and the manner in which faith-based development programs attempt a holistic response. This course will emphasize Christian perspectives on development, methods of community development, and cross-cultural skills.

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SSCI 302 - Internship in Development (3 months)

This field course is designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of community development in the context of an impoverished community. Through a guided internship the student will participate in the day to day activities of a community development program which will include exposure to a wide variety of issues and developmental approaches. By working alongside development practitioners the student will be able to observe and understand the complex nature of poverty and other social issues and the manner in which development agencies attempt a holistic response. The course will emphasize experiential learning of methods and practices of development, the formation of Christian perspectives on community development, as well as cross-cultural skills, depending on the location of the internship.

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SSCI 303 - Internship in Development (6 months)

This field course is designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of community development in the context of an impoverished community. Through a guided internship the student will participate in the day to day activities of a community development program which will include exposure to a wide variety of issues and developmental approaches. By working alongside development practitioners the student will be able to observe and understand the complex nature of poverty and other social issues and the manner in which development agencies attempt a holistic response. The course will emphasize experiential learning of methods and practices of development, the formation of Christian perspectives on community development, as well as cross-cultural skills, depending on the location of the internship.

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SSCI 309 - Methods of Inquiry and Analysis in the Social Sciences

Introduction to methods of research design, data collection and data processing techniques used by social scientists. Includes an examination of the relationship between theory and method, research values and ethics and measurement issues as they pertain to experimentation, survey research, field research, content analysis and historical/comparative analysis.

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SSCI 310 - Qualitative Methods

This course concentrates on the philosophical underpinnings, contemporary perspectives, and research methods and strategies employed by qualitative and community engaged researchers. Selected qualitative methods to be explored include: qualitative interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, action research, narrative inquiry, and photovoice. We will also examine the process of qualitative inquiry, such as designing and planning qualitative projects, data collection, coding techniques, data analysis, and communicating the results of research. Students will consider the interplay between qualitative research, social justice, and social change and apply their knowledge in a community engaged research project.

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SSCI 314 - Issues in Social, Political and Environmental Justice

This course will engage students with issues of social and environmental justice by incorporating experiential learning and community engagement into academic coursework. The course will include contributions from various faculty in Sociology, Political Studies, Psychology and Geography, and will provide opportunities for students to be meaningfully engaged with a wide variety of community organizations and initiatives dedicated to addressing issues involving: (i) disadvantaged and at-risk populations including youth, Indigenous peoples, immigrants/refugees, people that live on the street and teen parents to name a few, and (ii) environmental sustainability in relations between humans and their natural environments. As part of the community engaged, experiential component of the course, students will participate in placements with partnering organizations in Edmonton and surrounding regions.

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SSCI 320 - The Study of Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary Simplicity has a long history as a personal and community response to societal concerns ranging from poverty and inequality to problematic cultural influences and environmental degradation. This course examines the concept, theory, and practice of Voluntary Simplicity as an alternative value system and lifeway. The course explores Voluntary Simplicity's historical roots and contemporary expressions, emphasizing its contribution to environmental sustainability, social justice, community vitality, and personal well-being.

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SSCI 330 - Quest Mexico

The Quest Mexico program takes place over 10 days in Mexico and covers a wide range of topics including peace and justice activism, globalization, Liberation theology, Mexican history, indigenous spirituality, immigration and refugee issues and community development strategies. Relying heavily on the pedagogy of Paulo Friere, the program places a premium on student discovery through lectures, readings, film, interviews, community visits, personal encounters with refugees, migrant workers, justice activists, community development practitioners as well as group learning activities, with additional time set aside for group discussion, debriefing, and reflection.

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SSCI 495 - Senior Social Science Seminar

All students with social science as a first subject of concentration in the B.A. program are required to take this course. The seminar is designed to engage students in clarifying the common ground of traditionally distinct social science disciplines. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary concerns.

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SSCI 499 - Directed Studies in Social Science

An opportunity to do intensive study of a special topic in the social sciences of particular interest to the student. Students work closely with a social science faculty member in tutorial meetings or other agreed upon arrangements. A student must apply in advance to the faculty member.

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