Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

The nine-month (September through May) Social Service Worker Certificate Program prepares students for employment at the entry level in a variety of social service and health-related agencies. The program provides a combination of academic, experiential and community-based learning and focuses on the theory and practice of delivering basic social services. Students take eight courses each term including Arts and Science support courses. The support courses may be taken in advance of entering the program. The program emphasizes practical skills that are transferable to a wide range of community social services including interviewing, problem solving, team-work, self-care, working in supervised environments, assessment, and referral.

The Certificate in Social Service Worker is awarded to students who successfully complete the two four-month terms and subsequent five-week block practicum. A Diploma in Social Service Worker (Co-ordinated) is awarded to students who have also completed an additional 10 courses (30 credits) of academic studies at Langara College.

Employment opportunities for graduates of the Social Service Worker Certificate and Diploma Programs vary based on new and emerging needs, funding priorities, development of new services, and expansion of existing programs. Graduates of the program find employment in both private and public sector agencies and in a variety of programs. Among the types of organizations and services that employ graduates are Neighbourhood Houses, youth service agencies, family centres, women’s programs, immigrant service agencies, rehabilitation centres, First Nations bands and councils, advocacy organizations, social and recreational programs, the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry for Children and Families.

In compliance with provincial legislation, the College requires the completion of a criminal record check (CRC) for students in this program. This CRC must be completed by students using the forms provided by the College. Students will be supplied with these forms via email once they are accepted to the program. There is a fee for students to complete the CRC. For more information visit the Ministry of Justice website.

CURRICULUM

TERM ONE

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PSYC 1115 Introduction to Biological, Cognitive, and Developmental Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to theories, methods, and research findings of modern psychology. Topics may include but are not limited to research methods, biological bases of behaviour, sensation and perception, development, consciousness, learning, and memory. PSYC 1115 and PSYC 1215 can be taken at the same time or in either order.

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SSRV 1115 History and Philosophy of Social Work
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

A historical study of social problems, concepts, and trends in Britain, Canada, and the United States. Emphasis is on the changing methods employed to meet changing social needs. The profession's Code of Ethics is studied.

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SSRV 1116 Social Service Methods I
2

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

A study of the concepts and basic principles of working with people in a helping relationship, including interpersonal skills and self care.

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SSRV 1117 Social Problems
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

A study of special family and community problems, including areas such as poverty, diversity, and structural disadvantage.

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SSRV 1118 Community Practice Skills
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course will introduce students to some concepts of community organising related to social service work. It will focus on interventions and practice skills that impact change at the community level.

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SSRV 1131 Social Service Field Work I
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 5.0

A practicum placement of up to 5 hours a week at an individual social service community agency. The practicum requires each student to work under the supervision of an agency field supervisor in order to learn how the needs of a particular client population are met by a particular agency. Graded S/U.

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SSRV 1132 Integrated Experiential Learning I
1

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

Through a combination of visits to community agencies and public institutions, guest speakers, classroom sessions, and group activities, students will become familiar with various aspects of human service delivery and the social context in which those services are delivered.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

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Notes:
* Students must complete six credits of university-transferable English courses for which Langara College awards credit.
 
19 Credits

TERM TWO

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PSYC 1215 Introduction to Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to theories, methods, and research findings of modern psychology. Topics may include but are not limited to thinking, language, intelligence, personality, emotion, stress and health, motivation, social behavior, and psychological disorders and therapies. PSYC 1115 and 1215 can be taken at the same time or in either order.

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SSRV 1119 Social Service Methods II
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Building on the concepts of Social Service Methods I (SSRV 1116), this course will emphasize the mastery of practical skills and their application to the helping relationship.

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SSRV 1120 Social Policy
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

A job-oriented study of legislation and social policies in the areas of income security, mental health, health and family services.

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SSRV 1121 Family in Society
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

A study of the family as a unit in society. The growth and development stages, expanding and contracting family with emphasis on the changing roles and structure of families.

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SSRV 1219 Responding to Trauma
2

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore the nature and scope of trauma and post-traumatic stress as they relate to problem areas such as child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, addiction, and suicide ideation, and examine specific interventions within a trauma informed practice framework.

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SSRV 1231 Social Service Field Work II 1
5

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 5.0

A continuation of the practicum placement begun in SSRV 1131. In addition, students will be required to do a 5 week full time block placement in a different community agency. This block placement begins after the Spring Semester's final exams are completed.

Prerequisite(s): SSRV 1131

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SSRV 1232 Integrated Experiential Learning II
1

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

Building on the concepts of Integrated Experiential Learning (SSRV 1132), students will focus on additional human service sectors.

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1 SSRV 1231 includes five-week block practicum at the end of the program.
 
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ENGL 1129 Modern Novel, Poetry, and Drama
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces students to the modern novel, to a selection of poems, mainly from the twentieth century, and to a sampling of modern drama. Writing assignments are related to the literary works studied.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1129 or 1130.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of ENGL 1100, 1127, or 1128.

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ENGL 1130 Modern Novel, Poetry, and Film
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces students to the modern novel, to a selection of poems, mainly from the twentieth century, and to the dramatic elements and narrative techniques of modern film. Writing assignments are related to the works studied. A feature film series accompanies the course, in addition to class hours.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1129 or 1130.

Prerequisite(s): One of ENGL 1100, 1127, or 1128. Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

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Notes:
* Students must complete six credits of university-transferable English courses for which Langara College awards credit.
 
23 Credits

Program Option Notes:

  • Progression requirements: Students who have two unsuccessful attempts in one required program course, or have one unsuccessful attempt in two or more required program courses, will not be permitted to continue in the program unless the Department Chair has granted approval. 

To receive the Diploma in Social Service Worker (Co-ordinated), students must successfully complete the Certificate in Social Service Worker and a minimum 30 credits including a minimum 24 credits of university-transferable courses that have science, social science, or humanities attributes, and 6 credits of any course eligible to be used towards a Langara College credential. A link to course attribute information can be found in the course description.

Unless students transfer in courses earned before they began the Social Service Worker program, they must complete the 30 credits at Langara. Refer to Co-ordinated Programs information for details.

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