SOCW 471

Addictions in Society: Theory, Practice and Policy

Units: 1.5

Hours: 3-0

Critically examines the theoretical perspectives on practice, programs, and policy in the field of addictions. Addiction and recovery will be examined as transactional processes that take place within larger socio-cultural contexts. Places particular emphasis on the historical, social, geographic, and political contexts of addictions among women, youth, seniors, Indigenous peoples, and members of other marginalized social groups. Examines issues in the regulation and control of substances and relevant trends in policy and program development. Students are expected to use critical reflection to articulate their own perspectives on addiction.


  • Credit will be granted for only one of SOCW 471, SOCW 479.
  • Students not majoring in Social Work but in their third- or fourth year may request permission to register in the course.


  • Admission to Bachelor of Social Work program; or
  • permission of the school.

Undergraduate course in Social Work offered by the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

Summer Fall Spring

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