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Changing Social Services, Changing Communities: Focus on Leadership

This course considers themes of audit and accountability mechanisms, risk management, performance measures, governance and funding arrangements, and the regulation of advocacy, in relation to social service and community leadership. Explores how broad contextual forces, particularly the rise of managerialism and the importing of business models into public service delivery and community-based initiatives, shape organizational cultures and practices of management and supervision. Identifies and explores the impacts, tensions and dilemmas generated by these organizing forces for leaders who have commitments to care and justice, and considers ways to build ethical reflexivity into leadership practice.

SOC WORK 741

Changing Social Services, Changing Communities: Focus on Leadership

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes

This course considers themes of audit and accountability mechanisms, risk management, performance measures, governance and funding arrangements, and the regulation of advocacy, in relation to social service and community leadership. Explores how broad contextual forces, particularly the rise of managerialism and the importing of business models into public service delivery and community-based initiatives, shape organizational cultures and practices of management and supervision. Identifies and explores the impacts, tensions and dilemmas generated by these organizing forces for leaders who have commitments to care and justice, and considers ways to build ethical reflexivity into leadership practice.


Tara La Rose

Assistant Professor