The Bachelor of Social Work program emphasizes the importance of understanding the structural roots of social problems in Canadian society.
Therefore, social work is a political activity aimed at initiating social change at all levels of society to promote equality and inclusion.
Social problems such as poverty and homelessness, gendered violence, racial discrimination, and climate change are viewed as being rooted in structural inequalities.
These inequalities lead to economic, political, social and cultural disparities for whole populations of people.
The Bachelor of Social Work four-year degree provides graduates with the theoretical knowledge and skills to work with individuals, families and communities.
Through two years of liberal arts courses, followed by two years of social work courses and field placements, students gain both classroom and direct experience in transformative social work practice.
A balance of general liberal arts education in the first two years, followed by a professional social work education in the final two years, through both courses and practical field placements, provides the knowledge and skills for a generalist social work practice.
Students apply to the program after their second year of a Bachelor of Arts having earned 60 credit hours.
The courses in the liberal arts are significantly strengthened in the subsequent two years by a series of core courses essential to a social work practice; critical social work theory, anti-oppressive social work practice, group work, mental health issues, addiction, child welfare, trauma, and family law.
The field practicums supplement these courses, with one focusing on social action at the community/organization level, and a second in a clinical setting with local social agencies, supported by experienced field instructors.
In addition, a research methods course helps students keep pace with the changing landscape of social work scholarship and prepares them for professional practice.
1. A minimum of 60 credit hours in liberal arts with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the most recent 30 credit hours.
2. A minimum grade of “B” in SCWK 2013 Introduction to Social Welfare and a minimum grade of “B” in SCWK 2023 Introduction to Social Work*.
Note: Applicants who do not satisfy these minimum academic requirements are not considered further in the selection process.
3. A critical awareness of the interaction among the individual and the social, political, and economic aspects of society and a demonstrated recognition that for structural social workers the main focus for change is the structure of society rather than the individual.
4. Evidence of familiarity with, and commitment to, the profession of social work, as well as the capacity to learn from experience.
*Students without the mandatory social work courses will be required to participate in an interview process weighted at 30% (replacing the weight given to the grades of two mandatory courses).
This program does NOT offer conditional admission.
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