Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov
The central theme of this course is the integration of theory and practice, recognizing that theory guides practice and practice informs theory. The first term consists of the theoretical foundations of social work, understanding their relation to social work practice from a social, political, economic and historical position. The second term offers an in-depth examination of the theoretical foundations of a variety of critical perspectives. Case applications are explored from a variety of practice situations and problem definitions.
Course Learning Objectives
To complete this course students shall:
1. Articulate the purposes and contexts of theories for social work practice
2. Explain the processes and assumptions of theory building
3. Know the multiple epistemological, theoretical and conceptual bases of social work knowledge and practice
4. Exhibit a solid grasp of the theory and concepts of critical social work practice
5. Utilize the concepts of critical social work to analyze a variety of practice issues
6. Begin an ongoing process of intentional and ongoing theory development
|Online Tests||20 %|
|Knowledge Sharing and Caring Quest||40 %|
|Theory to Practice Application: Movie Character Group Wiki Project||15%|
|Theory to Practice Application: Movie Character Individual Project Portfolio||25%|
Payne, M. (2013). Modern social work theory (4th ed). Chicago: Lyceum Books, Inc.
Burdge, B. J. (2007). Bending gender, ending gender: Theoretical foundations for social work practice with the transgender community. Social work, 52(3), 243-250.
Burnham, J. (2012). Are you sitting too comfortably? Using the praxis of positioning to move between the activities of therapy-supervision and the identities of therapist-supervisor. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 17(2), 171-180.
Dumbrill, G. C., & Green, J. (2008). Indigenous knowledge in the social work academy. Social Work Education, 27(5), 489-503.
Meekosha, H., & Dowse, L. (2007). Integrating critical disability studies into social work education and practice: An Australian perspective. Practice, 19(3), 169-183.
Schiele, J. H. (2017). The Afrocentric paradigm in social work: A historical perspective and future outlook. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 27(1-2), 15-26.
Connolly, M., & Harms, L. (2015). Social work: From theory to practice. Cambridge University Press.
Robbins, S., Chatterjee, P., & Canda, E. (Eds.) (2011). Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon
Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2002). Theoretical approaches to disability content in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 38(1), 153-165.
Mathebane, M. S., & Sekudu, J. (2017). A contrapuntal epistemology for social work: An Afrocentric perspective. International Social Work. Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0020872817702704
McPhail, B. A. (2004). Questioning gender and sexuality binaries: What queer theorists, transgendered individuals, and sex researchers can teach social work. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 17(1), 3-21.
Wenger-Nabigon, A. (2010). The Cree medicine wheel as an organizing paradigm of theories of human development. Retrieved from https://zone.biblio.laurentian.ca/bitstream/10219/387/1/NSWJ-V7-art6-p139-161.pdf
|Module||Required Readings||Alternative Textbook Chapters.||Assignments|
|Module 1: Thinking about Social Work Theory||Connolly and Harms Prelude. Burnham (2012) Payne Chapter 1||Connolly and Harms Chapter 1 Robbins et.al. Chapter 1||Web Conference 1|
|Module 1: Thinking about Social Work Theory||Payne Chapter 2 Payne Chapter 3||Connolly and Harms Chapter 2|
|Module 2: Problem-Solving Theories||Payne Chapter 4||Robbins et.al. Chapter 7 Connolly and Harms Chapter 4||Test 1 Week|
|Module 2: Problem-Solving Theories||Payne Chapter 5 Payne Chapter 6||Connolly and Harms Chapter 5 Robbins et.al. Chapter 12||Group Character Selection is due|
|Module 2: Problem-Solving Theories||Payne Chapter 7||Connolly and Harms Chapter 3 Robbins et.al. Chapter 2||Web Conference 2|
|Module 3: Empowerment Theories||Payne Chapter 8||Robbins et.al. Chapter 10||Test 2 Week|
|Module 3: Empowerment Theories||Payne Chapter 9 Payne Chapter 10||Connolly and Harms Chapter 6 Robbins et.al. Chapter 11, 13|
|Module 3: Empowerment Theories||Payne Chapter 11||Robbins et.al. Chapter 4||Web Conference 3|
|Module 4: Social Change Theories||Payne Chapter 12||Robbins et.al. Chapter 3||Test 3 Week|
|Module 4: Social Change Theories||Payne Chapter 13||Robbins et.al. Chapter 5||Individual Movie and Character Selection is due|
|Module 4: Social Change Theories||Payne Chapter 14||Connolly and Harms Chapter 7 Robbins et.al. Chapter 6||Web Conference 4|
|Module 5: Personal Theory for Social Work Practice||Robbins Chapter 14||Connolly and Harms Chapter 8||Test 4 Week|
|Module||Required Reading||Alternative Reading.||Assignments|
|Module 6: Selected Critical Theories: Indigenous Perspectives||Dumbrill, G. C., & Green, J. (2008).||Wenger-Nabigon, A. (2010).|
|Module 6: Selected Critical Theories: Afrocentric Perspectives||Schiele, J. H. (2017).||Mathebane, M. S., & Sekudu, J. (2017).||Web Conference 5|
|Module 6: Selected Critical Theories: (Dis)Ability Perspectives||Meekosha, H., & Dowse, L. (2007).||Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2002).||Movie Character Group, Wiki Project Portfolio, is due|
|Module 6: Selected Critical Theories: Queer Perspectives||Burdge, B. J. (2007).||McPhail, B. A. (2004).|
|Module 7: Selected Practice Theories: Group 1 Choice||Group 1 suggests the reading||Group 1 suggests the reading||Web Conference 6|
|Module 7: Selected Practice Theories: Group 2 Choice||Group 2 suggests the reading||Group 2 suggests the reading||Movie Review for an individual project is due|
|Module 7: Selected Practice Theories: Group 3 Choice||Group 3 suggests the reading||Group 3 suggests the reading||Web Conference 7|
|Module 7: Selected Practice Theories: Group 4 Choice||Group 4 suggests the reading||Group 4 suggests the reading||Movie Character, Individual Project Portfolio, is due|
|Module 7: Selected Practice Theories: Group 5 Choice||Group 5 suggests the reading||Group 5 suggests the reading|
|Module 7: Selected Practice Theories: Group 6 Choice||Group 6 suggests the reading||Group 6 suggests the reading||Web Conference 8|
|Module 7: Selected Practice Theories: Group 7 Choice||Group 7 suggests the reading||Group 7 suggests the reading|
|Module 7: Selected Practice Theories: Group 8 Choice||Group 8 suggests the reading||Group 8 suggests the reading||Knowledge Sharing and Caring Report Part 2 is due|