Human Services (HSRV) 201

Social Work and Human Services (Revision 2)

HSRV 201

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Sciences

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Centre: Centre for Social Sciences

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HSRV 201 has a Challenge for Credit Option.

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This general interest course introduces students to the profession of social work, the related field of human services, and the social policy context within which they are practiced. The course explores social welfare through social work and human services lenses, including their shared values, historical foundations, and critical perspectives. Once some approaches and theories, practices, processes, and levels have been introduced, students develop a personal philosophy statement of social welfare that self-assesses their fit in these fields. In Part 2 and 3, students learn to apply their foundational learning to specific populations. At the end of Part 4, students integrate material from the entire course into their final assignment.


Part 1 Social Welfare

  • Section 0 Getting Started
  • Section 1 Social Welfare and Social Work in Canada
  • Section 2 The Pillar of Income Security
  • Section 3 The History of Social Work
  • Section 4 International Social Work

Part 2 Professional Practice

  • Section 1 Theory and Approaches to Social Work Practice
  • Section 2 Professional Practice

Part 3 Practice, Process and Levels

  • Section 1 Working with Individuals and Families
  • Section 2 Working with Groups and Communities

Part 4 Integration of Learning

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrates some specialization of disciplinary knowledge of social work and human services, including reading and research at or beyond the basic level
  • Understands and applies, theories, principles and concepts to hypothetical situations
  • Uses and can distinguish among policies relative to individuals, families, groups, and communities
  • Demonstrates awareness of tools, mechanisms, and critical thinking, processes to frame problems related to the field
  • Uses knowledge of the field to express self competently in order to facilitate understanding
  • Applies knowledge of professional environment and values in a conscious and ethical manner


To receive credit for HSRV 201, you must complete four graded assignments and achieve an overall course composite grade of D (50 percent) or higher. The weightings for each assignment are as follows.

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 Participation 20%
Assignment 2 Personal Statement 30%
Assignment 3 Glossary Research 20%
Assignment 4 Scenario Reflection 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbooks Digital pdfs provided by the publisher within the course

Other Materials

Other Materials: Exclusively Online materials, including a glossary of terms to learn

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HSRV 201 challenge registration, you must complete all required components, and achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent).

Activity Weighting
10-page Personal Statement of Social Welfare Philosophy and Fit 50%
20-page Research Essay 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, August 15, 2016.

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