The Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) in the College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba is a productive and innovative department with a national reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and service. We are a leading department in terms of research grants and career awards in the Faculty of Medicine and the University of Manitoba. We are responsible for large teaching programs for medical undergraduates, community medicine residents, and graduate students. We provide expert technical and professional services to governments and community organizations with significant impact on public health practice and health policy in the Province of Manitoba and beyond.
This course is an introduction to Social Development with a particular emphasis on families and communities. Social development is concerned with the advancement of the common good, the effective management of social problems, the meeting of human needs, and the equitable distribution of society’s resources. As such, this course explores the social factors and conditions that promote or hinder social development and how this affects the well-being of individual, families, and communities in contemporary societies.
Using the theoretical frameworks of intersectionality and social ecology, this class addresses how diversity in Canada is influenced by age, gender, ability, ethnicity and race, as well as family relationships, institutions and social policies. A focus on human rights and anti-racism education is emphasized.
Violence against children in their families takes many forms, from sexual exploitation to honour killings. We will explore, through a child rights lens, the forces contributing to violence against children, its impact on human lives, and approaches to prevention being implemented around the world.
This course will focus on a selected review of the epidemiological literature which has integrated social factors in the investigation of the distribution of health and illness in society. The course will review a selection of important empirical studies in investigating the roles played by social, psychological and economic status factors in determining health and illness. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the central theoretical and methodological approaches to defining and measuring socioeconomic status in this literature.