What is social policy in Canada? How has it been influenced globally?

What is social policy in Canada? How has it been influenced globally?


Students are expected to write an essay on the following questions and reflect on the implications for their practice:
1) What is social policy in Canada? How has it been influenced globally?
2) Describe social justice and human rights; praxis; evidence-informed; and civic engagement. How do these ideas relate to your practice as a social worker?


How do/can citizens affect social policy? How do/can social workers affect social policy?

4) How will your understanding of social policy impact your practice as a social worker? (Reflect on what you have learned in class and in the group presentations)
5) How will an understanding of social policy help you in your placement/future practice?
6) What areas do you need to work on to extend your learning about policy to be effective in your placement/future practice

The above questions are intended as a guide for the essential components of the paper. The paper should address these issues and others that you think relevant in an integrated, synthesized manner. Reference your understanding based on class readings, discussions, other readings and your own experience.


Human Rights and Legal Challenges


1) McLachlan, Beverly. (1990). The Role of the Court in the Post-Charter Era: Policy-Maker or Adjudicator. 39 U.N.B.L.J. 43 (1990) (SKIM READ) Available at: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/unblj/article/view/29769/1882524950

2) Smith Miriam. (1999). Lesbian and Gay Rights in Canada Social Movements and Equality-Seeking, 1971-1995. University of Toronto Press. Chapters 4 OR 5 AND 6

https://doi.org/10.3138/9781442676633 Available at: https://www-deslibris-


3) Blackstock, Cindy; Muriel Bamblett & Carlina Black. (2020). Indigenous ontology, international law and the application of the Convention to the over-representation of Indigenous children in out of home care in Canada and Australia. Child Abuse & Neglect Volume 110, Part 1, December 2020, 104587 Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0145213420302428

Session 8: Contemporary Policy Issues: Income Security

1) Harell, A., Soroka, S. & Mahon, A. (2008). Is Welfare a Dirty Word? Canadian Public Opinion on Social Assistance Policies. Policy Options, 29, 53-56.

http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/canadas-working-poor/is-welfare-a-dirty-word-canadian-public- opinion-on-social-assistance-policies/

2) Christopher Jencks, Kathryn Edin (1995). Do Poor Women Have a Right to Bear Children? American Prospect,Winter.Availableat: https://prospect.org/economy/poor-women-right-bear-children/

3) Kia Hannah, Margaret Robinson, Jenna MacKay. (2021). Poverty in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit, and Other Sexual and Gender Minority (LGBTQ2S+) Communities in Canada: Implications for Social Work Practice. Research in Social Work Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731521996814 Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1049731521996814

4) Petit, Gillian and Tedds, Lindsay M. (2020). Poverty in British Columbia: Income Thresholds, Trends, Rates, and Depths of Poverty. Research paper commissioned by the Expert Panel on Basic Income, British Columbia, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3726708 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3726708