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SWK 4103H – Elements of Social Work Practice - Required

Companion course to SWK 4105H Social Work Practice Laboratory. Students will be in the same section, with the same instructor for both SWK 4103H and SWK 4105H.


Bogo, M. (2018). Social Work Practice: Integrating Concepts, Processes, and Skills. Second Edition. New York: Columbia University Press.

The goal of this course is to provide students with core concepts used in direct social work practice with client systems. An ecological/systems perspective of person-in-environment is used to anchor generic concepts for a range of practice situations. The course will provide the opportunity to integrate social work theory and practice informed by research. The course will also provide students with the opportunity to be exposed to social work practice with diverse populations across the life cycle. This will occur through readings, class discussion, lecture, site visits and presentations by community colleagues. There is a particular focus on beginning work with clients, including the key components of developing a relationship and assessment.