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Students admitted into the two-year LHS Specialization route must complete a total of 10 half-course equivalents and a capstone at the end of their coursework.
LHS Specialization Courses
- Social Work 665: Influencing Social Policy - The focus of this course is leadership in policy practice and in particular policy advocacy at all levels of policy (i.e., organizational, community, and provincial or national levels).
- Social Work 667: Leadership Theories in Action - Directed toward helping prepare leaders for “best practice” across the range of sectors and roles in which human service leaders work.
- Social Work 669: Leading Organizations and Communities - A practical course that will emphasize networked and collaborative approaches to leadership in a global context.
- Social Work 693: Research as a Foundation for Leadership - This course will provide students with a working understanding for the study and nature of the theoretical and practical issues underlying the application of the research process to professional and leadership practice.
- Social Work 697: Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice - Critical examination of the issues of diversity and the power relations that form common links among the experiences of oppression and marginalization in Canadian society.
- Social Work 696: Practicum - Direct and indirect Social Work practice opportunities with professional supervision in student's area of specialization or interest. This full-course equivalent consists of 525 practicum hours.
In the LHS Specialization, option courses are predetermined, as follows:
- Social Work 695: Becoming an Evidence-Based Leader - Extends students’ abilities to identify, assess, and utilize research knowledge as a problem-solving tool in social work.
- Social Work 679.10: Maximizing Staff Performance through Supervision - The practice of supervision (supervising and being supervised) is the main focus in this course.
- Social Work 679.18: Practice Skills for Leading and Supervising in Human Services Organizations - Examines practical issues related to the management of human service organizations and the supervision of staff from a social work perspective.
Students are required to complete 9 foundation half-course equivalents on-campus, at the University of Calgary.
MSW Foundation Courses
- Social Work 621: History and Foundation of the Profession - An examination of the relationship between knowledge, values, ethics and power and how they shape interventions in social work.
- Social Work 625: Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups - A basic understanding of social work practice theory with respect to work with individuals, families and groups.
- Social Work 627: Practice with Organizations and Communities - A basic understanding of social work practice theory with respect to work with organizations and communities.
- Social Work 629: Professional Communication and Interviewing - Offers experiential learning aimed at developing basic professional competencies and practice skills along with critical self-reflection.
- Social Work 632: Social Policy and Social Justice - An exploration of the social, political and economic forces, social movements and social structures that are transforming the Canadian welfare state and the practice of social work.
- Social Work 637: Human Behaviour in the Environment - Human development and diversity within a social work context.
- Social Work 641: Models of Practice - Provides the conceptual and theoretical foundation for students to acquire the skills to practice in Social Work.
- Social Work 645: Issues in Social Work Research - An overview of social work research topics and issues.
- Social Work 633: Foundational Field Practicum (426 hours) - Direct and indirect social work practice opportunities with professional supervision.
Foundation courses are followed by 10 specialization half-course equivalents as described above in the section called Specialization Route.
Click here for the LHS specialization curriculum plan for students entering the MSW with a non-social work Bachelor degree. Any deviation from this highly prescriptive plan must be discussed in advance with the specialization coordinator or the Graduate Program Director.
As established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the maximum completion time is six years for a course-based master’s. Expected completion times in the MSW LHS programs are:
- two 12-month years for a MSW student with a BSW
- three or four 12-month years for a MSW student without a BSW
Course-based MSW students are assigned an interim supervisor upon entry into the program. A change to a permanent supervisor, initiated by the student or the faculty member, can occur at any time during the student’s enrolment in the program.
Course-based students are required to complete a capstone experience at the end of their coursework (including practicum).