FASS 223 E100 - Social Work Practice

Practicing with empathy

Introduces the field of social work through a practitioner's lens. 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 to impact positive change.

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What you will learn and when it is offered

What you'll learn

  1. Identify the major philosophical underpinnings of the practice of social work in Canada
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles underlying codes of ethics and practice standards today and how they have evolved over time
  3. Explore the nature of anti-oppressive social work practice
  4. Identify how various practitioners frame change agency in the social work field

When it is offered

Location: Burnaby Campus


  • May 8
  • May 15
  • May 22
  • May 29
  • June 5


  • 4:30 pm - 7:20 pm

Course instructor

Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan

Sobhana immigrated to Canada in 1995 and worked in a minimum wage job before joining the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) as a Child Protection Social Worker. As a member of the BC Public Service for nearly two decades, Sobhana engaged with different levels of government (federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations) in work that included policy research, development, implementation and evaluation. The first Executive Director of the BC Provincial Office of Domestic Violence, she has a Masters’ degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, India). She completed her doctoral course work and candidacy exams in child and youth care at University of Victoria and taught the child welfare specialization undergraduate course there, too. Sobhana does pro bono advisory work in Canada and India and supports many organizations in both countries. She offers skill development programs at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, India) and holds several community engaged leadership roles including as President, BC-India Business Network; Director, Burnaby Board of Trade; Cabinet Member, United Way of British Columbia; Advisor, Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival; Advisor, Global Emerging Leadership Programs; Chief Impact Officer, HashHackCode. Sobhana was nominated for the BC Medal of Good Citizenship and received the Woman of the Decade Award (Education) and Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All Award from the Women’s Economic Forum. She has also received the Inclusion Champion Award from The National Federation of Blind (Maharashtra, India) an she is currently the Associate Vice President of External Relations at Simon Fraser University.

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