Thursday, June 23, 2011

CSSW opens up courses to all students at Douglas College

CSSW instructors Lawrence Becker and Nancy Newman invite all students to take two courses now offered as hybrids.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your course load with something new and cool, you’re in luck. The Community Social Service Worker (CSSW) Program will begin offering two courses to the wider community (i.e., non-CSSW students): Introduction to Social Work Practice (Fall), and Introduction to Social Welfare (Winter). And, for the first time ever, they’re being offered as hybrid courses – which means you meet with your instructor and classmates on campus for one week, and then online the next week.

Why is this a good thing?

“A blend of classroom and online learning will allow students to research at greater depth the connection between social policy and how services are delivered directly to clients in the social services,” explains instructor Lawrence Becker.

Intro to Social Work provides an overview of social work as a profession, while Intro to Social Welfare teaches the history of social welfare in Canada. The courses cover situations with homelessness and addiction, current practices and a survey of the history of social work.

“These courses offer a fun, engaging look at the history of the field of social work in Canada,” says instructor Nancy Newman. “It's a unique and fascinating history - it's really the history of the country, as Canada was built on social programs.”

The courses meet requirements for prerequisites to Bachelor of Social Work programs around the province such as the programs at UBC, UVic, UNBC and others.
Don’t forget: registration for Fall classes begins today! Register early to make sure you get the courses you want.