Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hybrid social work courses offered to all Douglas College students

Instructors Nancy Newman and Lawrence Becker invite you to take hybrid courses in social work - at your convenience.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your course load, the Community Social Service Worker (CSSW) Program is offering two hybrid courses to the wider community (so you can take them even if you are not a CSSW student). CSSW 1200 Introduction to Social Work Practice will be offered in hybrid format this Fall, and CSSW 1100 Introduction to Social Welfare will be offered in hybrid format in Winter 2013.

Hybrid courses provide you with the flexibility of continuing your studies while keeping up with other commitments, such as work and family. With CSSW 1100 and 1200 you’ll only spend half the time on-campus in class as you would with a traditional delivery format. The rest of your time is flexible as you work on assignments designed by the instructor, such as quizzes, chat room discussions, multimedia presentations and more.

“Studying remains important, but the student can determine when to dedicate personal time to the course with fewer interruptions to their other responsibilities,” says instructor Lawrence Becker.

Introduction to Social Welfare teaches the history of social welfare in Canada, while Introduction to Social Work Practice provides an overview of social work as a profession 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 require no prerequisites, and the credits earned can be transferred to most bachelor of social work programs offered in British Columbia, including those at UVic, UBC, UNBC and others.

The lack of prerequisites to take these courses, and their transferability to programs at other schools, makes them a perfect example of Douglas College's commitment to create more flexible learner pathways for students. And the hybrid format helps make them even more flexible.

David, a student in the CSSW program, says his hybrid courses allowed him to work full-time and still complete what he needed to further his career in the social services.

“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."

Linda, another CSSW student, says she likes the hybrid format because it required her to stay on top of her studies.

“There’s 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 their webpage.