So here are my thoughts about each of my classes.
Family Therapy Class
I'm looking forward to the Family Therapy class, but I'm also dreading it a little bit. Social work classes tend to give people permission to air their dirty laundry for everyone to see, and while I think that this can contribute to the discussion, it rarely does. If the information is relevant and can lead back to the theory, then bring it out. Otherwise, bottle it for your own therapist. People really tend to find one little lead-in and then take off from there. Stick to what you're supposed to be talking about!
In our first class, this happened already. To start our classes, we go into a circle. In this circle, we go around and each person gets a chance to speak. The instructor said to introduce yourself and say a bit about who you are. Keep it short, they said. Well, this one person did that and then some! I won't get into the details, but needless to say, I'm not sure it was necessary to talk about.
This class should be great, but it's really a set-up for these types of situations. THAT is what I'm not looking forward to.
I'm really looking forward to this class. To know the history of Aboriginals in this country is of utmost importance, as they are extremely overrepresented in our social services and prisons. If you are a social worker in Canada, you can be a better social worker by knowing Aboriginal issues.
If you don't know the history of residential schools in Canada, it's worth a look. There is a good site HERE. A short bit from that page summarizes it nicely:
In 1928, a government official predicted Canada would end its "Indian problem" within two generations. Church-run, government-funded residential schools for native children were supposed to prepare them for life in white society. But the aims of assimilation meant devastation for those who were subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Decades later, aboriginal people began to share their stories and demand acknowledgement of — and compensation for — their stolen childhoods..This is just a piece of the history of how this country has treated the original occupants of this land, but it's an extremely important one.
Advertising as Commentary Class
As I have not attended this class yet, I don't know too much about it, or what to expect. The one thing I do know about is the instructor. I have heard that he is young, exuberant, irreverent and a lot of fun. Great! I need a class like that after the past few semesters. On the downside, he likes the group work and really wants everyone to be involved with each other. As someone who is a bit antisocial, this is a bit of a problem. It's definitely going to be a semester of growth.
I'm looking forward to the end of my BSW, so I can look back and see what courses I gained the most from, as well as which were most memorable. I don't think it's fair to make that assessment right now, so I throw it to you. And let's not keep it just to social work classes. Any and all classes.
What college or university class did you gain the most from, and which one was most memorable for you?