Program Courses

PhD students take five courses (15 credits) to fulfill the course requirements of the program. Students assessed as having insufficient knowledge in academic writing and or research methodology will be strongly recommended by their supervisor to take one or more complementary courses as part of their program. Students may also take additional courses in order to fill gaps in existing knowledge or expertise. This is negotiated with the student's primary supervisor.  

PhD Timetable

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Link to University Class Schedule for up-to-date course offerings.

Required Courses (6 credits)

SWRK 720 Thought&Theory Dev in Soc Wk 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 721 Advanced Integrative Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

At least one of the following two courses:

SWRK 722 Adv Seminar:Social Wk Interven 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 723 Adv Seminar on Social Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

At least one of the following two courses:

SWRK 724 Adv Res Methds &Anal:Quan Data 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 725 Adv Qual Res Methods&Data Anal 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Optionally, the following may be taken to partially complete the 9 complementary credits:

SWRK 726 Independent Study 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

An independent study exploring a relevant social work theme of interest may be permitted if the topic is not covered in any current course content.

  • An independent study cannot be used to do the literature review for the student's dissertation. It should be used to explore an area relevant to the student's dissertation but which covers only a definite segment of the relevant literature;
  • The instructor for the independent study should be someone other than the dissertation supervisor. If the supervisor is involved, an additional faculty person should also be part of the independent study and meet regularly with the student;
  • The independent study proposal should include the area of research, a work plan and schedule, and the method of evaluation.

 PhD Independent Study Form

The procedure for establishing an independent study is as follows:

  • The student presents his/her request and necessary documents to the Joint PhD Director;
  • The Joint PhD Director considers relevant policy to determine if the request is acceptable, and may discuss the matter with the student;
  • The Joint PhD Director makes a decision and informs the student, the faculty involved, and submits the independent study form to the Social Work Office;
  • If necessary, the Joint PhD Director may request a decision from the PhD Advisory Group.

ŸAny other masters or doctoral level course relevant to the thesis. Permission to take this course must be granted by the Joint PhD Program Director.