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BSW Edmonton - Prospective Students

Submitted by 21232f297a57a5a... on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 9:57am

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 Edmonton-based 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 Fri, 11/08/2013 - 1:45pm

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 (see note below).

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
  • History
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Ethics
  • Communications
  • Public Administration or Public Policy
  • Women's Studies
  • Anthropology.

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 Edmonton-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 Edmonton Program Information

Submitted by sconley on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:06am

The BSW program in Edmonton is structured with core social work courses being offered in 3-hour blocks once per week, on weekdays.  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 in Edmonton (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 scheduled weekly, Tuesday through Thursday inclusive.  The Winter practicum is 400 hours and is scheduled weekly, Tuesday through Friday 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.  Please consult the BSW Edmonton Student Handbook for the Faculty of Social Work's recommended schedule for Edmonton BSW University Transfer route students.

Program Requirements for Alberta Social Work Diploma Students

Students admitted into the Faculty of Social Work BSW Alberta Social Work Diploma route complete 20 half-course equivalents for their degree.  Of these, 12 half-course equivalents are social work courses and 8 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 scheduled weekly, Tuesdays through Fridays 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 the practicum, 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.  Please consult the BSW Edmonton Student Handbook for the Faculty of Social Work's recommended schedule for Edmonton BSW Alberta Social Work Diploma route students.

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.

BSW Information Sessions

The Faculty of Social Work, Central and Northern Alberta Region offers information sessions for those who are looking to pursue a bachelor's degree in social work.

Information sessions will be held at our new faculty location, Classroom 3-276 (3rd floor), 10230 Jasper Avenue on the following dates:

January 19 - 5:00 pm
January 31 - noon
February 7 - 5:00

Although RSVP's are not required, we do provide light snacks so to help with planning, you can RSVP to Shari Conley by email at sconley@ucalgary.ca or by telephone at 780-492-3888.

BSW 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
  • 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.  Any student interested in an international placement should speak to a faculty member.

All social work graduates from the University of Calgary meet the academic requirements for professional registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW).  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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