A program leading to the Diploma in Social Work will be offered by the School of Social Work to groups of students identified as having particular needs, and will be delivered as funding is available and in consultation with an advisory committee including representatives of the group identified as having particular needs. In the first instance this Diploma was developed to meet the needs of members of the Labrador Inuit Association.
When the Diploma in Social Work is to be offered to a group of students identified as having particular needs, an advisory committee will be created including leaders from the community or group from which the students are drawn, representatives of the School of Social Work and representatives of students in the program. This committee will advise on specific program design, student admission, instructor selection and orientation, and program planning and evaluation.
1. To be eligible for admission to the Diploma in Social Work program, students must be admissible to the university. Applicants must submit a School of Social Work application to the Office of the Registrar and must be recommended for admission by an admissions committee of the School of Social Work.
2. Students who have not been registered for courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland for either of the two semesters immediately preceding their application for admission to the Diploma program must complete a general application for admission/readmission to the university and submit it to the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline date as outlined in the university diary.
3. Students in the Diploma in Social Work are expected in the course of their studies to be either in employment in a human service role, or to engage in 500 hours of volunteer work in the human services and/or in community leadership. Volunteer work must be in accordance with criteria approved by the specific diploma program advisory committee.
4. Section C, Academic Standards and Promotion, will apply to students in the Diploma in Social Work.
5. Students who have been awarded the Diploma in Social Work and who complete the remaining arts and science courses required for admission to the School of Social Work while maintaining an average of at least 65%, can apply for admission to and will be considered for admission under the last sentence of clause five of the First Degree admission/readmission policy of the School of Social Work.
6. Students accepted into the Diploma in Social Work program must complete 60 credit hours as follows:
- six credit hours in English;
- six credit hours in Psychology; and
- three credit hours in Sociology;
- three credit hours in Anthropology;
- Women's Studies 2000;
- six credit hours in Linguistics, either for Inuktitut speakers or non-speakers (Linguistics 2020/2021 or 2025/2026);
- Social Work 2700 Introduction to Social Work;
- Social Work 2510 Social Administration: Introduction to Social Policy Formulation and Analysis;
- Social Work 3230 Cultural Camp;
- Social Work 3211 Human Behaviour and Social Environment: Individual and Families;
- Social Work 3220 Human Behaviour and Social Environment: Groups and Society;
- Social Work 3511 Social Administration: Aboriginal People and Social Policy;
- Social Work 3320 Methods and Skills for Intervention: Communication and Relationships;
- Social Work 3321 Methods and Skills for Intervention: Assessment of Individuals and Families in Community Context;
- Social Work 3421 The Process of Change: Middle and End Phase Interventions;
- Social Work 3530 Social Administration: Aboriginal Social Development: Community and Program Development for Aboriginal Communities;
- Schedule A Elective comprising 3 credit hours.
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