This course focuses on the relationship between post-World War II social policy and the Western welfare state, examining the links between economic, political and ethical views of society and outcomes in response to human needs. Consideration will be given to current social policy trends and their implications for social service programs and social work practice. Federal policy will be looked at in terms of its effects on the North. Particular emphasis will be placed on an examination of the impacts of social policy on Northern and Aboriginal environments.
This course will also encourage social workers to become policy-practitioners.