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

Offered by: Social Work     Degree: Bachelor of Social Work

Program Requirements

The School of Social Work offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The BSW focuses on generalist social work practice in a range of health and social service settings locally, nationally and internationally. Drawing on principles of diversity and equity consistent with anti-oppressive frameworks, the BSW examines theoretical foundations and practice skills to assess and respond to social problems affecting individuals, families, groups and communities. Core objectives include: exploration of an identity consistent with the values and ethics of the profession; promoting human rights and social justice; addressing historical and contemporary systemic and structural sources of oppression and marginalization; and, engaging in critical thinking in relation to client populations and in response to inequitable policies and their implications for disadvantaged groups. The BSW includes essential training through field practice.

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 to begin the second year (U2) field placement, comprised of all U1 required SWRK courses and any combination of SWRK complementary, non-SWRK complementary and/or elective courses totaling 24 credits. Students must have completed a minimum number of 54 credits to begin the third year (U3) field placement, comprised of all U1 and U2 required SWRK courses, and any combination of SWRK complementary, non-SWRK complementary and/or elective courses totaling 54 credits.

Required Courses (63 credits)

U1

  • SWRK 219 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 2025

    Instructors: Tarshis, Sarah; David, Syndie (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Only open to BSW U1 students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 325.

  • SWRK 220 History and 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 2024

    Instructors: Gyan, Charles (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. U1 students.

  • 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 2024

    Instructors: Hanley, Jill (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. U1 students.

  • SWRK 222 Introduction to Practicum (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Basic social work skills.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Maurer, Katherine; Gyan, Charles (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. U1 students.

  • 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 2024

    Instructors: MacKenzie, Michael (Fall)

    • Restriction: Limited to BSW U1 students

U2

  • SWRK 319 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 2024

    Instructors: Orzeck, Pam (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 219 or SWRK 325

    • Restriction: Only open to BSW U2 students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 525.

  • 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 2024

    Instructors: Boatswain-Kyte, Alicia; David, Syndie (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. U2 students.

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 224.

  • 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 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. U2 students.

  • 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 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Granner, Francine; Orzeck, Pam; Mitchell, Nicole (Fall) Granner, Francine; Orzeck, Pam; Mitchell, Nicole (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. students.

    • To register for this course, students must have completed 15 credits of U1 B.S.W. required courses plus 9 credits derived from any combination of B.S.W. SWRK complementary, non-SWRK complementary, and/or non-SWRK elective courses totalling 24 credits.

    • Prerequisites: SWRK 219, SWRK 220, SWRK 221, SWRK 222, SWRK 224

  • 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 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Granner, Francine; Orzeck, Pam; Mitchell, Nicole (Fall) Granner, Francine; Orzeck, Pam; Mitchell, Nicole (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 322

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. students.

  • 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 2025

    Instructors: David, Syndie (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 320

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. U2 students.

  • SWRK 327 Approaches to Community Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : A comparison of approaches to community practice, with a focus on social change. An analysis of community practice assumptions and methods, including views, theories, and ideologies on social justice. Methods to bring change will also be discussed including strategies, tactics, and actions.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Débrosse, Régine (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. U2 students.

    • Prerequisites: SWRK 219

  • SWRK 344 Integrative Seminar 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Building on SWRK 222 Introduction to Practicum, the purpose of this integrative seminar is to facilitate links between theories, concepts and empirical findings introduced in coursework to observations and knowledge students garner from the field. This process will help students integrate their knowledge from the classroom and their experiences from the field into a useful and meaningful whole. In order to support the integration of theory, research and practice this seminar will also introduce students to principles and practices in field education that support student learning. In this way, students learn how they can maximize their field learning experiences.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Orzeck, Pam; Trocmé, Nico (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 322

    • Corequisite: SWRK 323, or with permission of the instructor.

  • SWRK 353 Introduction to Mental Health Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Introduces specialized knowledge and assessment skills in mental health first aid and crisis intervention through the lens of social, cultural, and historical developments. Particular emphasis is placed on the dynamics of institutional responses to mental illness and current conditions and programs, the differential effects of mental illness with regard to age, race, culture, gender identity, and socioeconomic status, the changing conceptions of cause, diagnosis, and treatment across time and socio-cultural boundaries, recovery interventions and comprehensive assessments

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Tarshis, Sarah (Fall)

    • Restriction: Only open to BSW U2 students

U3

  • 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 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Granner, Francine; Orzeck, Pam; Mitchell, Nicole (Fall) Granner, Francine; Orzeck, Pam; Mitchell, Nicole (Winter)

  • 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 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Granner, Francine; Orzeck, Pam; Mitchell, Nicole (Fall) Granner, Francine; Orzeck, Pam; Mitchell, Nicole (Winter)

    • Restriction: Only open to B.S.W. U3 students.

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 420

    • Corequisite: SWRK 422

  • SWRK 422 Integrative Seminar 2 (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 2025

    Instructors: David, Syndie (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 420

    • Restriction: Only open to B.S.W. U3 students.

    • Corequisite: SWRK 421

  • 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: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Krane, Julia (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.S.W. U3 students.

  • 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 2024

    Instructors: Gyan, Charles (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: SWRK 221

    • Restriction: Only open to B.S.W. U3 students.

  • SWRK 445 First Peoples and Social Work (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : An analysis of Canadian policies and legislation, their impact on First Peoples and on social work practice. Historical and contextual overviews of European-Canadian and First Nations, Métis and Inuit relations.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): SWRK 220

    • Restriction(s): Only open to B.S.W. U3 students.

    • This course carries an additional charge of $8.73 to cover the cost of transportation to attend a lecture at the Kahnawake Longhouse. The fee is refundable only during the withdrawal with full refund period.

  • SWRK 527 Advanced Social Work Practice in Quebec (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : The Reserved Acts (designated by L’Ordre des Travailleurs Sociaux et des Thérapeutes Conjugaux et Familiaux du Québec - OTSTCFQ). Exploration of micro, mezzo, macro levels ofsocial work practice.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Orzeck, Pam; Brotman, Shari (Winter)

    • Prerequisites for BSW students only: SWRK 320and SWRK 326

    • Restriction: Open to B.S.W. U3 students and M.S.W.; Non-Thesis students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 425.

Complementary Courses (21 credits)

9 credits of Social Work (SWRK) courses.

12 credits of non-Social Work (SWRK) courses.

Elective Courses (6 credits)

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

Faculty of Arts—2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024) (disclaimer)
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