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Submitted by 21232f297a57a5a... on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 10:04am

The BSW program is a nationally-accredited program that prepares students for generalist social work practice. Spanning over the 3rd and 4th year of a four-year undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Social Work consists of 20 half-course equivalents including core and elective courses, and field practica.

The BSW program prepares students to:  

    • Apply critical thinking skills in their professional social work practice,
    • Understand diverse social issues and apply strategies to advocate, influence and promote social change,
    • Apply theories supported by empirical evidence to understand and influence individuals, families, groups, organizations and community development and activities, and
    • Understand and adhere to the social work profession's ethical standards and principles.

BSW Admission Routes

Submitted by 21232f297a57a5a... on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:27am

The social work program is not a "direct entry" program, which means that students cannot enter the program directly from high school.  

University Transfer Route

The Faculty of Social Work offers a University Transfer route to students who will have completed:

  • A minimum of 19 half-course equivalents (57 units) non-social work university transferable courses plus SOWK 201 Introduction to Social Work or its equivalent

        OR

  •  An undergraduate degree in another discipline from a recognized institution and SOWK 201 Introduction to Social Work or its equivalent.

All courses must have been completed by the end of the Winter Term preceding the Fall Term for which entry is sought.

To learn more, please explore the Admission Requirements for the University Transfer route.

In order to prepare for successful completion of a BSW, the Faculty of Social Work recommends that, as part of the 19 university transferable half-course equivalents required for admission, prospective University Transfer applicants complete non-social work courses in the following areas:

  • English/Effective Writing
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Indigenous Awareness in the Canadian Context
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Social Welfare and Social Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Ethics
  • Communications
  • Public Administration or Public Policy
  • Women's Studies
  • Anthropolgy
  • Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

Prospective students should note that these topic areas are recommended and NOT required. No admission preference will be given to applicants who take courses within these areas.

Note: Students with a previous undergraduate degree enter our University Transfer route to complete the BSW.  The Calgary-based MSW program also offers a route of admission (Foundation program) for students with a degree in a discipline other than Social work.

Alberta Social Work Diploma Route

The Faculty of Social Work offers an Alberta Social Work Diploma route to students who will have completed a social work diploma from an Alberta post-secondary institution with which the Faculty of Social Work has a transfer agreement. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have completed a minimum of 8 half-course equivalent (24 units) university transferable non-social work courses (normally as part of their social work diploma program).

All courses must have been completed by the end of the Winter Term preceding the Fall Term for which entry is sought.

The Faculty of Social Work currently has transfer agreements with the following institutions: 

  • Blue Quills First Nations College
  • Keyano College
  • MacEwan University
  • Maskwacis Cultural College
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mount Royal University
  • Northern Lakes College
  • NorQuest College
  • Portage College
  • Red Deer College.

To learn more, please explore the Admission Requirements for the Alberta Social Work Diploma route.

BSW Calgary Program Requirements

Submitted by 21232f297a57a5a... on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:41am

The BSW program in Calgary is structured with core social work courses being offered in 3-hour blocks once per week. Social work options are offered in-class, online, or in block week format. Additional route-specific information can be found below.

Program Requirements for University Transfer Students and Previous Degree Holders

Students admitted into the Faculty of Social Work BSW University Transfer Route (including previous degree holders) complete 20 half-course equivalents for their degree. Of these, 17 half-course equivalents are core social work courses and 3 half-course equivalents are social work option courses. Social work core courses encompass topics such as social policy and social justice, anti-oppressive generalist practice, and practice and evaluation with individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Through option courses, students may study topics such as loss and grief, social work in health care or child welfare settings, mental health, social work with Indigenous peoples, and social work with immigrants and refugees.

University transfer students complete two practica, one in each semester of the final year. The Fall practicum is 300 hours and is generally scheduled weekly Tuesdays through Thursdays inclusive. The Winter practicum is 400 hours and is typically scheduled weekly Mondays through Thursdays inclusive. Students are expected to be available on those days during daytime working hours. In practica, students integrate theory and practice under the supervision of registered social workers. Through seminars that accompany practica, students discuss learning experiences and challenges. All students must arrange their schedule in order to be available for practicum and seminar during the Fall and Winter terms of year 4 as described above

Curriculum Plan

The Faculty of Social Work's recommended schedule for Calgary BSW University Transfer route is as follows. The recommended course sequence presents one example of how a student might complete the program requirements; the sequence of an individual student's courses may vary as a result of advanced credit or when they choose to complete social work option courses.

YEAR 3 - Fall

  • SOWK 361 Professional Use of Self 
  • SOWK 355 Research in Context
  • SOWK 363 Human Development and Environments
  • SOWK 365 Critical Approaches to Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 391 Practice and Evaluation with Individuals

YEAR 3 - Winter

  • SOWK 371 Social Work and Diversity
  • SOWK 395 Practice and Evaluation with Groups
  • SOWK 393 Practice and Evaluation with Families
  • SOWK 397 Practice and Evaluation with Communities
  • SOWK 399 Practice and Evaluation with Organizations

YEAR 4 - Fall

  • SOWK 410 Practicum I* (full-course equivalent)
  • SOWK 411 Integrative Seminar I
  • SOWK 383 Social Policy and Social Justice
  • 1 SOWK option (500 level course)**

YEAR 4 - Winter

  • SOWK 412 Practicum II* (FCE)
  • SOWK 413 Integrative Seminar II 2
  • SOWK options (500 level courses)**

* Can be one 700 hour placement extending over two terms

** Option courses may be taken in the Spring and/or Summer terms

Program requirements for Alberta Social Work Diploma Students

Student admitted into the Faculty of Social Work BSW Alberta Social Work Diploma route complete 20 half-course equivalents for their degree. Of these, 11 half-course equivalents are social work courses and 9 half-course equivalents are junior or senior general education (non-social work) courses taken outside the faculty.

Post-diploma students complete one practicum in the Winter semester of their final year. The Winter practicum is 400 hours and is generally scheduled Mondays through Thursdays inclusive. Students are expected to be available on those days during daytime working hours. In practicum, students integrate theory and practice under the supervision of registered social workers. Through seminars that accompany practica, students discuss learning experiences and challenges. All students must arrange their schedule in order to be available for practicum and seminar during the Winter term of year 4 as described above.

An important objective of our post-diploma route is to build on the social work knowledge and skills students have gained through their diploma programs. The series of courses is designed to enhance existing professional knowledge and skills while also developing the breadth and diversity of knowledge through courses in, for example, psychology, anthropology, history, women’s studies or sociology. Through social work option courses, students may study topics such as loss and grief, social work in health care or child welfare settings, mental health, social work with Indigenous peoples, and social work with immigrants and refugees. The courses required of post-diploma students are listed below.

Curriculum Plan

The Faculty of Social Work’s recommended schedule for Calgary BSW Alberta Social Work Diploma route students is as follows. The recommended course sequence presents one example of how a student might complete the program requirements; the sequence of an individual student's courses may vary as a result of advanced credit or when they choose to complete social work option courses.

Note: Students who believe they have completed non-social work university transferable courses beyond those required for the social work diploma should investigate, prior to admission to the BSW program, the process for receiving ‘advanced credit’ for these courses.

YEAR 3 - Fall

  • SOWK 361 Professional Use of Self
  • SOWK 355 Research in Context
  • SOWK 363 Human Development and Environments
  • SOWK 365 Critical Approaches to Social Work Practice
  • 1 non SOWK course

YEAR 3 - Winter

  • SOWK 371 Social Work and Diversity
  • 4 non SOWK courses

YEAR 4 - Fall

  • 1 SOWK option (500 level course)*
  • 4 non SOWK courses

YEAR 4 - Winter

  • SOWK 412 Practicum II (FCE)
  • SOWK 413 Integrative Seminar II
  • 2 SOWK options (500 level course)

* Option courses may be taken in the Spring and/or Summer terms

Students taking the equivalent of 5 half-courses each semester will not need to take courses in the Spring/Summer semester; or students can reduce the number of courses taken in any particular semester by taking courses in Spring/Summer. We recommend that post-diploma students take non-social work courses in the Spring or Summer between third and fourth year if trying to reduce the number of Fall or Winter courses.

BSW Calgary Career Prospects

Submitted by 21232f297a57a5a... on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:42am

Career Prospects

Our nationally accredited undergraduate program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level professional social work practice. This includes, but is not limited to, jobs within:

  • community-based services
  • community development activities
  • child welfare services
  • institutional health care
  • long term care centres
  • corrections
  • education
  • settlement support, and
  • hospital services.

Qualified students, who have an interest in international social work, may have the opportunity for international practicum exchanges.

All social work graduates from the University of Calgary meet the academic requirements for professional registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Students can use practicum hours against the supervised hours required for registration with the ACSW but may need to complete additional supervised hours.

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