SWL401 - Social Policy

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Subject Title
Social Policy

Subject Description
How and why social policies are developed, presented and implemented is the focus of study. Current literature and legislation will be examined and evaluated. Students will be expected to explore their own attitudes, beliefs and values in this area.

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:


  1. To further develop students' ability to think analytically and critically about the development of social welfare policy
  2. To introduce fundamental concepts in understanding the Canadian social welfare system
  3. To introduce students to some economic and psychosocial problems faced by some disadvantaged members of our society
  4. To assist students in clarifying their own values and attitudes towards the disadvantaged
  5. To increase students' awareness of current social welfare policy development
  6. To provide students with an introduction to the major components of the Canadian social welfare system

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.

All Module 1 and 2 courses.

Topic Outline

  1. Introduction to Social Welfare
  2. The History of Social Welfare
  3. Challenges to Social Welfare
  4. Social Welfare Theory
  5. Making Social Policy in Canada
  6. Canadians Living in Poverty
  7. Children Living in Poverty
  8. Employment, Unemployment and Workers' Compensation
  9. Women and the Family
  10. The Social Welfare of Immigrants
  11. Aboriginal Social Welfare
  12. Disability and Social Welfare
  13. The Elderly
  14. Globalization and Social Welfare

Mode of Instruction
This subject will consist of assigned readings, lectures, small and large group discussions, small group and/or individual presentations, films and videotapes.

Prescribed Texts
Hick, Steven Social Welfare in Canada: Understanding Income Security, Thompson Educational Publication.

Reference Material
Valentino, E. (2013) Handle with Care: Communicating in the Human Services Field in Canada. Nelson Education: Toronto, ON, Publisher: Nelson College Indigenous; 5 edition (Feb. 23 2012) - ISBN-13: 978-0176504397

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 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:

Class Presentation 20%
Social Policy Paper 30%
Mid Term Exam 20%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Due to the discursive nature of this subject, attendance is crucial. It is expected that students will make every reasonable effort to attend all classes. Failure to do so will inevitably compromise the quality of the student's learning experience and jeopardize his/her chances of success.

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