Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2010/2011
Canadian Excellence

Social Policy Analysis
0.5 Credit

This course provides an overview of the development of social policies in Canada, starting with First Nations before colonization up until the present day. It outlines the roots of social welfare, including its relationship to marginalised peoples. Ideologies, including anti-oppressive and diversity theories, are discussed in relation to the development of social policies. Students will gain a critical analysis of current social policies and understand how policy impacts individual to systems-level social work. The main focus of this course is to provide students with practical skills and techniques to undertake policy analysis in order to impact the development of policy. Students will gain a greater understanding of the economic, social, political and environmental forces that have an impact upon social policies in Canada, including the growing role of globalization and free trade.