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Social Work (Three-Year Program) (90 credits)

Offered by: Social Work     Degree: Bachelor of Social Work

Program Requirements

Field Practicum
Students in the three-year B.S.W. program complete a field placement during their second and third years, two days per week, in different settings each year. Students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits of the 90 credits of study before commencing their second year placement, and 54 credits before commencing their third-year placement.

Grading Policy
Students are required to obtain a grade of C or better in all of their Social Work courses (63-66 credits) and also in their 18 social science credits. If students receive a D in any of these courses, they must take additional courses to satisfy the program requirement. Only in an elective course will the grade of D be counted for credit.

Prerequisite for Admission to McGill's Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Please note that, although not a requirement for the three-year B.S.W. program, a course in statistics is a prerequisite for admission into the M.S.W. program at McGill. Students in the three-year B.S.W. program who have not previously completed a course in statistics and are planning on completing a graduate degree are, therefore, strongly encouraged to take a statistics course during their undergraduate studies.

Required Courses (57 credits)

  • SWRK 220 History & Philosophy of Social Work (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Historical, theoretical and philosophical base of social work which includes the role of social work in the social welfare, modalities of practice, professional codes of ethics, and human rights legislation.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Aline Bogossian (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U1 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 240.
  • SWRK 221 Public Social Services in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Federal and provincial social welfare programs - the intended objectives, program design, issues of eligibility and funding, and comparison with programs in other parts of Europe and North America. Particular emphasis on concepts of social justice and poverty. Programs such as income security, labour market, health, immigration, and social services.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jill Hanley, Jennifer Sigouin (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U1 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 352.
  • SWRK 222 Introduction to Practicum (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Basic social work skills.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Aline Bogossian, Teresa Dellar, Corrie Sirota-Frankel (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U1 students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 255.
  • SWRK 223 Poverty and Inequality (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Examination and analysis of laws and policies affecting those living in poverty, experiencing inequality, strategies for mitigating these issues, role of social work in advocating for legal and welfare rights of clients and communities.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Richard Goldman (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U1 students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 357.
  • SWRK 224 Human Development Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and social development in different stages of the life course with a focus on childhood and adolescence. Human development in different social contexts. Theory and research as it relates to social work practice.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Delphine Collin-Vezina (Fall) Kim Coleman (Summer)

    • Restriction: Limited to BSW U1 students
  • SWRK 320 Practice with Individuals and Families 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Introduction to theories and techniques informing clinical social work practice with individual and family systems in a social context. Sexual orientation, race, class, gender, culture, ability and diverse family forms are integrated. Knowledge and skills required for assessment and treatment across a range of practice settings.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Marion Van Horn (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U2 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 320 D1/D2 and SWRK 341.
  • SWRK 321 Introduction to Practice with Groups (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Introduction to theories and techniques informing social work practice with groups. Emphasis on understanding group formation, assessment, and models of group intervention across a range of practice settings and with different populations.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Estelle Hopmeyer (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U2 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 321 D1/D2 and SWRK 376.
  • SWRK 322 Field Practice 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Supervised educational experiences in social work practice designed to integrate practice and theory.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Francine Granner (Fall) Francine Granner (Winter) Francine Granner (Summer)

    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 355.
  • SWRK 323 Field Practice 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Supervised educational experiences in social work practice designed to integrate practice with theoretical knowledge.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Francine Granner (Fall) Francine Granner (Winter) Francine Granner (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 322
    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 356.
  • SWRK 325 Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Social work policy and practice, including an examination of discrimination and oppressions, identity and social location, reflexivity, intersectionality, contemporary anti-oppression movements, access and equity in human services and their implications.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Woo Jin Edward Lee (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 223.
    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U2 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 344.
  • SWRK 326 Practice with Individuals and Families 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Advanced integration of theories and techniques informing clinical social work practice with individual and family systems in a social context. Sexual orientation, race, class, gender, culture, ability and diverse family forms are integrated. Knowledge and skills required for assessment and treatment across a range of practice settings.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Marion Van Horn, Heather MacIntosh (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 320
    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U2 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 320 D1/D2 and SWRK 341.
  • SWRK 327 Approaches to Community Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : A comparison of models of community practice in a variety of social settings. An analysis of practice assumptions and methods. Intervention strategies and methods from student practice will be discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Karen Hetherington (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 321
    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U2 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 321 D1/D2, SWRK 374 and SWRK 467.
  • SWRK 420 Advanced Field Practice 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Supervised educational experience in social work practice at an advanced level.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Francine Granner (Fall) Francine Granner (Winter) Francine Granner (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 323
    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U3 and 2-year BSW students
  • SWRK 421 Advanced Field Practice 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Supervised educational experience in social work practice at an advanced level.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Francine Granner (Fall) Francine Granner (Winter) Francine Granner (Summer)

    • Restriction: Limited to BSW U3 and 2-year BSW students completing their last practicum
  • SWRK 422 Integrative Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Analyzing field experiences operationalizing the link between scholarship and practice. Dimensions of equity will be integrated.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Heather MacIntosh, Marion Van Horn, Nona Moscovitz (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 323
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken SWRK 422D1/D2.
  • SWRK 423 Social Work Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Appraising and analyzing social work practice research, including the perspectives of the authors, the literature reviewed, the practice questions, the research methodology and analysis and the implications of the findings for practice.

    Terms: Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Sacha Nicole Bailey (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U3 students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 401.
  • SWRK 424 Mental Health and Illness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Symptoms of mental illness and approaches to the delivery of services and programs within various sites of care. Impact of stigma and the place of psychosocial rehabilitation. Biopsychosocial framework and effective practice models examined with an emphasis on policy and its implications for the delivery of services and programs.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Angelo Perna (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 326 is a prerequisite for the students in the 90-credit BSW program.
    • Corequisites: SWRK 320 or SWRK 326 is a co-requisite for the students in the 2-year BSW program
    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U3 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 482
  • SWRK 428 Social Policy and Administration (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : An analysis of the administrative structures and dynamics of social service organizations, with special attention to Québec policies and to the role of social workers. Examples are drawn from current field experiences of students.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: James Torczyner (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: SWRK 327
    • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U3 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 458.
  • SWRK 525 Critical Thought and Ethics in Social Work (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Use of theory and reflexivity to challenge the various ways knowing and practicing within social work. Critically engage and assess the theoretical basis of social work theories and knowledge acquired over the course of the program. Application of this knowledge to ethical dilemmas that arise in practice.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Lucyna Maria Lach, Shawn Renee Hordyk (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 325.
    • Restrictions: Limited to B.S.W. U3, 2-year B.S.W. and M.S.W. students

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

Complementary courses comprise 24-27 credits of the program. These are selected with the following specifications.

6-9 credits of Social Work (SWRK) courses.

18 credits of social science courses taken in Anthropology (ANTH), Economics (ECON), Political Science (POLI), Psychology (PSYC), or Sociology (SOCI). At least 6 of these credits must be taken at the 300 level or higher or at least 9 of these credits must be taken within one department.

Courses given in other departments may be considered on an individual basis and require special permission of the B.S.W. Program Director.

Elective Courses (6 credits)

6-9 credits of electives may be chosen from a discipline other than Social Work.

Only in an elective course will the grade of D be counted for credit toward the program.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option Policy
Please note, according to University regulations, the S/U option can only be selected for an elective course.  See "Registration" and "Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option".

Faculty of Arts—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)