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Additional information for SOWK405

This semester based 20-point paper is designed primarily for social work students, and is also open to those from cognate disciplines who seek to understand adult development and ageing using a lifespan perspective. It is taught as a distance course, though campus-based students are welcome to enroll. This course will focus on older adults, using a lifespan perspective to discuss issues encountered in social work practice. Students will participate in lectures, discussions, and exercises that address a number of learning perspectives, including but not limited to: major theories of adult development and ageing, impacts of family, social, and cultural contexts on adult development and ageing, assumptions and misperceptions that can influence social work practice and social policy. This course integrates theory, literature, and practice to prepare students to engage in praxis, as defined by Paulo Freire: “reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it” (Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1970). Effective use of self is an important theme throughout; and a range of narrative and discursive approaches will be used to enhance student abilities and awareness in this area.

Co-ordinator - Professor Amanda Barusch