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The course examines the origins of social welfare, the way in which social services develop and the way in which services help/hinder the growth of communities. This examination also requires the exploration of the political ideologies which have shaped the Canadian social welfare system, the macro and micro political structures which determine priorities of the social service system and the inter-relationship between social services and the development of communities. Lastly, the course focuses on the role of recreation as a service and the role of the recreationist as change agent, referring agent and advocate.