Critical Social Policy and Activism
This course provides a critical overview of the historic processes of marginalization and resistance in social policy development in Canada, starting with First Nations since colonization up until the present. It outlines the roots of social welfare and the role of neoliberalism, globalization, state restructuring, social inclusion/exclusion, citizenship and the impact of policy on social identity. Policy development will be examined in relation to colonization, capitalism, racism, sexism, ableism, ageism and homophobia. Practical skills will be taught in relation to activism, advocacy and collaboration in order to critique social policies and bring about social policy change.