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BSW Medicine Hat - Prospective Students

Submitted by 21232f297a57a5a... on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 3:17pm

The BSW Learning Circles is a nationally-accredited program that provides opportunities for undergraduate social work education for professionals who wish to remain in their home communities while completing their BSW degree. The program endeavors to provide a curriculum with cultural and geographic relevance.

The Faculty of Social Work, Southern Alberta Region, currently offers the Learning Circles BSW program Medicine Hat.  The program is accessible to students living in and outside of the host community and to those maintaining employment while pursuing undergraduate education.

The program is delivered through a blended learning approach, integrating web-based instruction with face-to-face instruction on-site in the community where you are taking the program.  Assistance arranging practicum(a) placement in the student's locality is provided.

Important considerations and requirements for those interested in the Learning Circles programs:

  • You will require attendance at the host campus for weekend delivery of classes in the fall and winter semesters,
  • You will require reliable and regular access to a computer and the internet,
  • All University of Calgary courses (including those delivered online) follow the regular University of Calgary semester schedule (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) with set start and end dates and specific assignment deadlines.

BSW Admission Routes

Submitted by gcrichlo on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:19am

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
  • 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.

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.

Learning Circles BSW Overview

Submitted by gcrichlo on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:05pm

Learning Circles BSW Overview

The Learning Circles BSW is a multi-modal and flexible approach to delivering undergraduate social work education, allowing students to continue employment during the course of their studies.  The curriculum adapts core BSW academic content and groups it into four major theme areas considered important for social work practice in rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities.  Represented in a circular format, this model for curriculum delivery has come to be known as the BSW Learning Circle route.  Theme areas include Generalist Practice in Context; Communication and Information; Diversity and Oppression; and Social Work Methods.

Each theme area includes a Theme course and a related practice or portfolio course.  Each Theme course is the equivalent of two half-course equivalents (6 units in total) and consists of 8 learning units or modules, including Orientation and Integration and Summary.  Each module includes approximately 20 hours of student-centered learning activities, typically delivered in a weekend intensive format. Student learning is assessed based on completion of a variety of assignments, including papers, presentations, and group projects.  Accompanying each Theme Course is a related portfolio or practice course (offered online or in a block week format) that challenges the student to integrate his or her professional and lived experience (including learning from the theme course) into a model of social work practice.

Program Requirements for University Transfer Students and Previous Degree Holders

Students admitted into the Learning Circles BSW University Transfer route in Medicine Hat (including previous degree holders) complete 20 half-course equivalents for their degree.  Of these, 18 half-course equivalents are core social work courses and 2 half-course equivalents are social work option courses. Through option courses, students may study topics such as loss and grief, social work in health care and child welfare settings, mental health, social work with Indigenous peoples, and social work with immigrants and refugees.

University transfer students complete two practica during the spring and summer following completion of the core social work curriculum, the first of 300 hours and the second of 400 hours. Students are expected to be available on those days during daytime working hours, or as required by the placement. Local practicum placements enhance students' abilities to stay in home communities and develop context-sensitive social work practice. 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.

Program Requirements for Alberta Social Work Diploma Students

Students admitted into the Learning Circles BSW Alberta Social Work Diploma route in Medicine Hat complete 20 half-course equivalents.  Of these, 15 half-course equivalents are core social work courses and 5 half-course equivalents are junior or senior general education (non-social work) courses taken outside the faculty. 

Post-diploma students complete one practicum of 400 hours during the summer following completion of the core social work curriculum.  Local practicum placements enhance students' abilities to stay in home communities and develop context-sensitive social work practice.  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.

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. 

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
  • settlement support, and
  • hospital services.

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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