SWL147 - Field Work Seminar I

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Subject Title
Field Work Seminar I

Subject Description
This subject is an introduction to the principles and practice of social service work. Students will be exposed to the knowledge, skills and values associated with practice in an agency setting. Students will also be assisted in the process of selecting a field practicum which responds to each individual's interests and needs.

Credit Status
One Credit in the Social Service Worker Diploma Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:
1. Articulate key values and concepts of social service work.
2. Explain the role of the Social Service Worker in the
network of helping professions
3. Summarize in written report, knowledge, skills and values
applicable to social service work in a field practicum
4. Report on the mandates and services of at least three
different social service agencies.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Pre-requisite - SSW101, SWL136

Topic Outline
       1.       Social Service Work vs. Social Work

        2.       Roles and Functions of the Social Service Worker

        3.       Learning Contracts

        4.       OCSWSSW Code of Ethics

        5.       Guiding Principles and Values

        6.       Boundaries and the Practice of Social Service Work

        7.       Resume writing

        8.       Placement Search

        9.       Field Preparation

        10.     Understanding Client Needs

Mode of Instruction
Group activities and discussions, lectures, student field research, role plays, etc. 

Prescribed Texts
Pearson Custom Social Work, Pearson, ISBN # 978-0-558-73108-3.

Reference Material
A Writer's Resource, 3rd edition
by Maimon, Peritz, Rubens, McGraw Hill, ISBN#9780070685840

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.


All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

All assignments must be correctly documented using APA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; APA References page – and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise noted.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.


Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/acpol-08.html.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:  (Ammended Summer 2013)

Oral Group Presentation 25%
Agency Profile Paper 25%
Mid-Term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

Overriding Principles

Students must demonstrate professionalism, accountability and responsibility through:
  •     Attendance
  •     Punctuality
  •     Participation in classes and seminars
  •     Contributions to a positive group dynamic
  •     Timely completion of  assignments
  •     Open and timely communications with the instructor

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.


Approved by: Sandra Noble