Course Code SWK 608R
Course Title Health Issues and Ethics
Online Offers
  • Winter 2022 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructor: Kelly Laurila)
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructor: Moyo Mutamba)
Course Location Online
Credit Weight 0.5
Course Description

This course considers the nature of health itself, and explores the complexities of a health care system that corresponds with social work values and ethics while remaining sustainable. Three related themes serve as substrates for the semester: the nature of health, delivery of health care, and specific health experiences that are characterized by inequity, societal change, and/or a particular ethical dilemma. Issues such as how health and illness are defined, cultural safety, the roles of preventive and curative approaches, and the impacts and ethics of new technologies and societal change will be addressed. The course critiques public, private, and individualized models of health, focuses on community health care, and examines the particular challenges of marginalized communities. (Note: This is an online course).

Typical terms may not reflect online offerings.

Course Work and Exam Spring 2021 course outline (note 2)
  • Prerequisite: SWK Master's Students Only
System Requirements
  • A computer with Internet access is required for all online and multimodal courses. Please see the System Requirements.
Taught in English
How to Register:
Waterloo Students
Enrol In, Drop, and Swap Classes Online
How to Register:
Non-Waterloo Students
How to Apply - Prospective Students
Fees Tuition Fees, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Awards

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