Summer 2023 - FASS 212 E100

STT-An Introduction to Social Work Practice: Change Agency (1)

Class Number: 4722

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Jun 19, 2023: Tue, 4:30–7:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    15 units.



Introduces the field of social work through a practitioners lense. Explores the philosophical foundations and history of the social work profession. Codes of ethics and practice standards will be touched on. Students will have the opportunity to meet experts who must navigate the complex global issues of oppression and marginalization and do good work, however modest, to effect change.


In this practitioner led introductory course, students will have the opportunity to get a realistic glimpse of the challenging field of Social Work (local and international), both from theoretical and practice perspectives. Students will have an opportunity to interact directly with social work practitioners who have been frontline practitioners, policy makers and change agents. Students will also have an opportunity to explore exciting Social Work careers.


  • Identify the major philosophical underpinnings of the practice of social work in Canada
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles underlying codes of ethics and practice standards today and how they have evolved over time
  • Explore the nature of frameworks for social work practice
  • Identify social work career paths
  • Reflect and participate actively in class discussions and reflect understanding of diverse perspectives on complex Canadian social issues (including poverty, child abuse and neglect, mental health, addictions, domestic violence, human trafficking etc.)

FASS 212 runs for 5 weeks (May 8-June 9). The first session is 1 hour, the rest of 4 sessions are 3 hours each. This is a 1 credit course.


  • Pass / Fail 100%


This FASS Forward course is delivered entirely in-person. It is designed to improve your skills for future success and work in this class is expected to be of high quality. A competency-based grading system will be used to assess your academic performance and active participation in all learning activities. That means only a P (pass) or F (fail) will appear on your transcript. There is no numerical equivalent for the final grade, and it does not affect either your grade point average or cumulative grade point average.

  • P (pass) means that you have demonstrated your competency in relation to the learning objectives, met all the criteria for the course, and demonstrated the skills you have acquired.
  • F (fail) means that you do not receive credit for the course.



Students must have access to the internet as well as a computer and/other device that permits word processing and the use of other standard computer applications.


All reading material will be available online through the SFU Library or on Canvas as PDFs.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at:

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.